An animal’s breed and size are just a few of the characteristics that factor into how quickly the critter will be adopted. The dogs in photographer Lanola Stone’s images — which we first saw in her Behance portfolio — were some of the longest in residence at her local shelter, struggling to find a forever home due to their frequently misunderstood breed, age, and shabby appearance. Stone requested to assist in their adoption process, asking to photograph the “least likely to be adopted” group of pooches. Many of them had been living at the shelter for over six months. She wanted to capture each dog’s unique, loving personality and other quirks in their character to help them get noticed. The dogs pictured in our gallery after the break were eventually adopted thanks to her efforts. Stone’s photo work focuses on subtlety, simplicity, and small details — all of which are highlighted in her sweet dog portraits, below.
Image credit: Lanola Stone