Shelter Dogs Pose For Whimsical Photo Booth-Inspired Portraits In Hopes Of Getting Adopted Faster

Woof-tastic!

About 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters in the U.S. every year. Sadly, only half of them get a chance at a new, loving home.

To help address the harrowing statistics, the Humane Society of Utah produced a series of whimsical photo booth style portraits featuring their adoptable dogs.

The photos were snapped by professional photographer Guinnevere Shuster, who is already known for her evocative portraits of dark-furred shelter dogs.

According to Shuster, her goal was to capture every pup's personality, both the serious and the playful side of it.

"This photo shoot [...] is a much better way of presenting them as opposed to the sad dog behind the metal bars," Shuster told the Daily Mail.

Since the beginning of the photo booth-inspired project, a significant number of shelter dogs have been adopted.

In fact, the Humane Society of Utah claims their 2014 placement rate for dogs reached 93.26 percent.

But nationally, there are still so many tail-waggers waiting for new home. To learn more about animal adoption and ways to help sheltered animals, please visit the Humane Society's website.

To see more photos by Guinnevere Shuster for the Humane Society of Utah's  Facebook page.