Animals move us: A photography project

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Featuring adopted animals and professional dancer Eva Igo

There’s no doubt that animals and humans have a special connection. Animals move us to laugh, to play, to dance, and to stretch ourselves in new ways.

Animals move us to feel more. And our own pets remind us that despite the busy, complex world we live in, they're always there when we need them most ― because their love for us is endless.

We wanted to showcase the beauty of this human-animal bond and the transformative effect adoption can have on both adopter and new pet, so we teamed up with photographer Blake Fisher and professional dancer Eva Igo, a Minnesota native and breakout star of NBC’s World of Dance with Jennifer Lopez.

All of the pets Eva is photographed with were once shelter animals, and found their second chances through Animal Humane Society.

A photography project featuring adopted kittens and professional dancer Eva Igo

These three kittens were transferred to AHS with one other sibling and their mother Magic. The little family of five went to foster care so the 4-week-old kittens could continue to nurse and grow big and strong before adoption. Magic and her babies were all adopted shortly after they made their debut in our Golden Valley adoption center.

A photography project featuring adopted puppy and professional dancer Eva Igo

Benji, originally named Bruce, was transferred to AHS from a partner shelter in Georgia. He was one of more than 8,000 animals brought to AHS through our transport program last year. His family now describes him as happy, very intelligent, and “the sweetest of sweet.”

A photography project featuring adopted white rabbit and professional dancer Eva Igo

Sunny first came to AHS as a stray, found in Plymouth, Minnesota, in winter of 2018. He was adopted quickly, but less than a month later, Sunny was returned to AHS. More on Sunny below!

A photography project featuring adopted cat and professional dancer Eva Igo

Professor Pufftaling, aka "The Professor," was found as a stray and transferred to AHS from the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Leech Lake Legacy is one of dozens of other local rescue organizations that we partner with to help animals in need find the homes they deserve. More about The Professor's story below.

A photography project featuring adopted Shih Tzu and professional dancer Eva Igo

Elton, nicknamed “Tiny Dancer,” was adopted from our St. Paul location after being transferred from another Minnesota shelter. He arrived at AHS extremely thin, with Giardia (an intestinal parasite), and kennel cough. He was treated with medication, routine vaccinations, and then neutered. The tiny Shih Tzu’s original name was Mason, but because of his ability to dance on two feet, his new family renamed him Elton!

A photography project featuring adopted cat and professional dancer Eva Igo

Midnight was found in St. Paul, huddled alongside a sibling. They were brought to AHS with severe eye infections, so our vets moved quickly to bring them comfort. After their eyes were surgically removed, they went to foster care to heal. Both Midnight and her brother Shadow were adopted into the same loving home, and Midnight is now training to be a therapy kitty, bringing love and comfort to others.

A photography project featuring adopted rabbit and professional dancer Eva Igo

Our volunteer "Pawfilers" worked with Sunny to learn more about his personality and what kind of home would be best for him. This work is critical in placing rabbits in environments where they can thrive. An AHS staff member, searching for the perfect rabbit to bring home to her family, adopted Sunny in February 2019.

A photography project featuring adopted cat and professional dancer Eva Igo

The Professor was adopted by one of Animal Humane Society's expert trainers in May 2019, and already he's mastered a few tricks he can sit, lay down, and spin! And he's pretty good at striking a pose too. Good kitty.

A very special thank you to photographer Blake Fisher and professional dancer Eva Igo for lending their amazing talents to this project.

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