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This Shelter’s Promoting Adoption With a Truly Adorable Valentine’s Day Photoshoot

All these pups are available for adoption now—and they’re too cute for words.

by Sio Hornbuckle
February 13, 2024
Long-term dogs at Madison's St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center were recently treated to a Valentine's Day themed photoshoot.
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Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love — and if you ask us, there’s no better way to give some love than by adopting a pet in need of a forever home. That’s why St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, is pulling out all the stops to promote their adoptable pups with a super cute, super pink, super plush Valentine’s Day puppy photoshoot.

a brown dog on a fake cloud with a pink background

This is the second year in a row that St. Hubert’s has used photographer Kelsey Dubinsky to help promote their adoptable pups. “Last February, we asked Kelsey if she would come to St. Hubert's to take photos of dogs that were being overlooked by potential adopters. Most were big dogs, or senior dogs,” says Diane Ashton, director of communication at St. Hubert's. “All of them had been with us for weeks or even months, waiting to find new homes. We knew we had to do something special to help them get noticed on social media and on our website.” 

a white dog draped in fake hearts

Dubinsky suggested the Valentine’s Day theme and arrived equipped with a bright pink backdrop, feather boas, and sunglasses. The idea was a hit. “Last year’s shoot was a big success — nearly all the dogs were adopted!” Ashton says. It was fun for the pups, too. “We gave the dogs lots of treats and pets, and they loved getting all the attention,” she adds.

a brown and black dog going toward the camera

This year, the shoot’s theme is “On Cloud Nine.” The dogs are dressed up in their favorite pink and red ’fits and posed on a fluffy white “cloud” — complete with a sweet “I wuff you” heart placed in the center.

a blonde dog on top of a fake cloud

Ashton notes that a few of the dogs included have been with the shelter for a while. “The dog that has been with us the longest is Stetson,” she says. “He’s been in our care for just over a year now. Fortunately, he’s spent more of that time in a great foster home. He’s fun, playful, and very energetic. Stetson used to like to cuddle up with a Curious George stuffed animal at night, which just might be the cutest thing we’ve ever heard. He also enjoys playing fetch and splashing in puddles.”

a black dog in a pink feather boa on a fake cloud with a pink background

Another pup, Chaka, has been waiting a while for adoption, too. “Chaka had been in the shelter for seven long months when one of our amazing fosters opened his home before Christmas,” Ashton says. “Chaka is a smart cookie who learns new tricks quickly. She is the kind of dog who is up to run a marathon with you and still be ready to go on another adventure!”

an orange dog on a fake cloud with a pink background
Original Good Boy

While most of the dogs pictured are one or two years old, two of the pups are seniors in need of loving homes. Senior pups typically have a harder time finding adopters, so these dogs are in extra need of some Valentine’s Day love. “Original Good Boy is eight years old. OGB is wise beyond his years, but he’s also a puppy at heart,” Ashton says. “He enjoys the simple things in life, like rolling in the grass, sunbathing after a good play session, and taking long car rides in the afternoon.” 

an orange and white dog on a fake cloud
Kangaroo Jack

Kangaroo Jack, the other older pup, is six. “He’s a lovable goofball with a big ol’ head and floppy ears,” Ashton says. “Kangaroo Jack is a social butterfly who loves ‘couch time,’ ALL food, sniffy walks, zooming around, and gazing at you with his puppy dog eyes and smooshy face.”

a black and white dog atop fake clouds
Shania Twain

St. Hubert’s hopes that this year’s photoshoot will motivate people to adopt pups in need. “It can be hard to grab people’s attention on social media and get them to stop scrolling,” Ashton says. “Kelsey’s photos are eye-catching and fun, and they capture the dogs’ personalities perfectly. Wonderful photos like these can really help the animals find new loving homes.”

a brown and white dog in front of a pink backdrop

To adopt one of these pups or another dog in need from St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, click the link below.

Sio Hornbuckle

Sio Hornbuckle is a writer living in New York City with their cat, Toni Collette.

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