A village for the kittens

I love pet photography more than anything. I love the animals, I love watching them, I love seeing the interaction between them and their owners, I love that lucky split second when I actually capture a moment.

The best part of pet photography though is meeting the people around the pets they love so much. I have also been so fortunate to meet so many people that really care about pets.

This little pack of kittens is the perfect example of how it takes a village to connect the perfect pet with the perfect family.

They were born at the Willamette Humane Society on Sept. 1. Kim is probably one of my favorite people that I have met on my photography journey. She’s kind of heart and generous of spirit. She’s one of the people the Willamette Humane Society calls when they have a litter of kittens that need to be raised or bottle fed. Kim fostered the mom and her litter of kittens.

Meet the Van Duzer litter, kittens names after a few bottles of wine. Alchemy, Saffron, Kalita and Van Duzer.

After Kim and her daughter KaRi and son Ryan gave them the best possible loving start in life, the Willamette Humane Society spayed and neutered them and prepared them for adoption. Terri, owner of Nature’s Pet Salem gave them the window, showcasing them for their forever homes.

Santa Paws and I had a few spare minutes on our second stop of the whirlwind tour. With Kim’s help we took the kittens from the window and plopped them down in Santa’s lap.

And while I am singing the glory of the awesome people I have met, let me introduce Santa Paws. So generous with his time and talent in front of the camera. Every time I have call and ask him to do a gig for a non-profit organization, he graciously accepts.

When I look back at all of the wonderful people I’ve met and experiences I have had through pet photography, I feel so honored, so privileged to know and work amongst these people.

It’s really true, it takes a village to connect the perfect pet with the perfect family.

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