The website featured was this one: Landfill Dogs. It is by a photographer named Mary Shannon Johnstone. With permission from her local shelter, the Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh, NC, she picks up dogs that are on death row. She borrows them for 2 hours so she can spend time with them and take them to the local landfill to let them play on the grass and take some amazing photos where she truly captures their personalities. A landfill?! you say. As she states on her website (I'm pretty much directly quoting her), there are two reasons for the landfill site:
1. "The dogs will end up buried in the landfill if they don't find homes. The photos represent the last opportunity for the dogs to find homes.
2. The county animal shelter falls under the same management as the landfill. This government structure reflects a societal value: homeless cats and dogs are just another waste stream. The landscape also offers a metaphor of hope. It is a place of trash that has been transformed into a place of beauty." She tries to capture the beauty of these unwanted, homeless dogs.
If you're not choking up yet, here are some of the photos. They are copyrighted, but Mrs. Johnstone allows them to be shared as long as they are within the context of sharing her website:
(I may have cried a little when I saw this one. Such joy at being free from a cage.)
She has a section on the site of some of the dogs she has photographed that are still available for adoption. Each one has his/her own portfolio. Here is the link. You can also purchase photos from her site. All proceeds go towards the shelter.