All Photo © Traer Scott and from Traer Scott’s book ‘Shelter Dogs’ (Merrell Publishers, 2006). Photo’s used by permission of Traer Scott by ‘The Voice of Stray Dogs’. See the photo gallery from the book here
Traer Scott is a Rhode Island based photographer and author of the bestselling books Shelter Dogs (Merrell Publishers 2006), and Street Dogs (October 2007). She specializes in narrative and editorial portraiture and animal photography. Her work has been featured in dozens of other national and international publications.
While volunteering at shelters she was asked to take photos of the dogs she was working with for records and Internet adoption sites. As her files grew, Scott realized that many of the dogs whose photos she had in her archives never made it out of the shelter alive. “I found that no matter what, I couldn’t bring myself to delete their photos, which were in some cases the only record of their existence,” she says. A few months later, Scott began to create the beautiful, honest portraits that make up Shelter Dogs.
The 96-page book features 50 dogs, their souls and spirits revealed through Scott’s images. The author includes notes explaining how each dog came to the shelter and what eventually happened to him or her.
© Traer Scott