Photographer Traer Scott's endearing portraits of dogs living in American shelters are irresistible and heart-rending—making a passionate appeal to dog lovers everywhere. Some of the dogs subsequently found good homes; others were never adopted. The portraits reveal the strikingly intense emotion, dignity and, sometimes, humor and whimsy that Scott saw in each face despite the dog's circumstances.

By documenting the undeniable expressions of emotion in the dogs encountered in her volunteer work, Scott raises awareness of animal rescue causes, and especially the need for more adoptive homes for abandoned dogs. This book of true portraits of fifty beautiful shelter dogs is a poignant and loving tribute to all dogs.

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Three years ago, the dogs in a Rhode Island animal shelter captured the heart of a photographer. Now they’ve inspired a book of beautiful portraits that just might save the lives of hundreds of other dogs.
— Life Magazine
Scott’s haunting portrait album bares the souls of these unclaimed but unassailably dignified animals
— People Magazine
Traer Scott’s Shelter Dogs (Merrell) is a canine facebook with more personalities than Chaplin.
— Vogue Magazine