Poignant, Endearing Portraits of Shelter Dogs

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An animal’s face is no different than a human’s. You can clearly see happiness, pain, confusion, and sadness in their expressions. Photographer Traer Scott’s portraits of shelter dogs, which we spotted on InspireFirst, tell silent stories through each animal’s furrowed brow, gray muzzle, and knowing gaze. Some of the dogs photographed were eventually adopted, but others never found a “forever home” (as rescue workers describe it). The photos are poignant and endearing, capturing each animal’s personality and spirit. Take Terrier, for example (who seems to be named after her breed). She’s a weary, old soul wrapped in her own fur coat (that haircut!), but a beautiful pup nonetheless. See more moving portraits of shelter dogs past the break.

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Petey

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Sophia

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Terrier

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RosieChi

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Joshua

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Bailee

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Minerva

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Dumbledore

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Adonis

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Nelly

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Riley