As some of you will know I regularly visit the National Animal Welfare Trust, Watford to photograph their new intake of animals for their cage cards and website profiles. Just like a good LinkedIn profile picture or dating profile these animals need to be seen in the best possible light to maximise their chances of adoption.
Cats are notoriously difficult to photograph due to their inquisitive nature. I normally end up with a little nose investigating the end of the lens just as I press the shutter button, or for those more timid cats in need of homes it may take a bit of coaxing to actually get them to face the camera. Photographing the cats at NAWT has taught me how to operate my camera one handed whilst waggling, rattling and tempting moggies to take a look at me, it has also reminded me just how cruel people can be! I won’t lie, if volunteering is on your list of things to do for 2016, it will be heartbreaking for the first few visits when you hear all of their stories. Fortunately there are plenty more lovely people out there that give them loving homes and this far outweighs the temporary heartbreak, (that’s if you can resist temptation and rehome a few yourself!) It is a very rewarding part of my job, by being able to share my skills for the benefit of the animals gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, especially when you find out they have found their forever home.
As a year volunteering for them draws to a close I thought it’d be nice to show you some of the cats that have been in need of homes in 2015. If you want to take a look at some of the animals available for adoption now, drop by the NAWT website for more info.
If you have rehomed any of the cats featured here please do get in touch or send an updated picture as I’d love to see them happy in their new home.
Best wishes for 2016!