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.