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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Finding Shelter- Portraits of Volunteers and Shelter Animals

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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Jesse Freidin has been photographing dogs for the past ten years.  His work has been featured in major magazines around the world.  He is lucky enough to have received some amazing awards, and is also the creator of “The Doggie Gaga Project,” a series in which he photographed dogs dressed as Lady Gaga with Polaroid film that went viral overnight.   Credentials aside, his work has always been driven by his deep passion for animal advocacy and a near obsession with the dog/human bond. He is fascinated by the depth and emotion of that symbiotic relationship.  He wants to tell the stories that are not being heard which is why Finding Shelter began–to give voice to a small community that is directly responsible for keeping millions of abandoned animals alive every day.

Finding Shelter is not project about shelter dogs. It is a project about people. It is a story told through photographs of thousands of volunteers that care for the once loved and unwanted animals that fill our shelters, accompanied by volunteer’s personal accounts of why this work is so meaningful and life–changing, all compiled into a beautifully printed photography book.  He seeks to capture the selflessness and emotional resilience of the people who give those animals their second chance. He will travel the country, visiting shelters and photographing the emotional bond between dogs and volunteer workers.  With your support, he will do this visual research and produce a beautiful photography book.


Though a publisher has shown interest in this book, he must fund the entire production cost myself and may end up having to self publish entirely. Please help him turn this project into a reality by donating, sharing this Kickstarter with friends, and being a part of this inspirational and important work.  A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to animal shelters and shelter education.  He will also be giving each shelter digital photographs of their adoptable animals which they can use online to help get these pets adopted. Most importantly, Finding Shelter aims to drive awareness to local shelters and rescue programs across the country, helping direct new adopters to available animals, encourage volunteerism, and begin a more compassionate and deeper discussion around animal rescue.


As of August 13th, this project has raised around $5,200 of their $13,000 goal. This project only has 27 days left to raise the $13,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $25, you will get three notecards featuring the artist’s favorite black and white dog portraits.  For a pledge of $45, you will get a signed copy of the book!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:


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