Pets focus on new homes thanks to Gerry's photos

Pets focus on new homes thanks to Gerry's photos

A DEWSBURY photographer has put his skills to good use in helping re-home unwanted pets at an animal sanctuary.

Gerry Slade, who lives in Thornhill Edge, produced a slideshow of heart-warming pictures of the pets at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in an attempt to help find them new homes - and it worked.

The 55-year-old visited the sanctuary in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, with his partner Nicola to find a rescue dog after hers died just after they met.

He said: "It was such a friendly, warm place. There were so many volunteers helping out and I just got a nice feeling, so I decided I wanted to help in some way."

Mr Slade is a professional pet photographer and specialises in dog and horse portraits.

He soon realised the sanctuary could have been using photography differently to entice people into re-homing their pets.

He spoke to the head of fundraising, who suggested putting together a slideshow for a fundraising ball for the sanctuary.

More than 200 images displayed at the ball, which led to a lot of interest from people wanting to re-house the pets.

Mr Slade said: "There were over 200 images to play all through the dinner, so I wanted to get a good selection.

"I spent a day shooting the animals in their natural environment. Then I did a pop-up studio in their cafe where I took the more staged pictures.

"We then put the pictures up on social media and we had a huge amount of interest. There were dogs that had a lot of enquiries."

Next on the agenda for Mr Slade will be to help raise money to keep Blackholt going. He is set to re-visit in the next couple of weeks to shoot more pictures for an upcoming calendar and a set of cards to sell in the gift shop.

"The recent shoot was more for raising the profile of the sanctuary and helping finding new homes for some of the animals, and we can look into fundraising next," he said.

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