The U.S. celebrated Independence Day almost 2 weeks ago now, but I wanted to write now about independence and freedom since these topics are very important to me -- not only the independence and freedom that citizens of democratic societies are given, but personal freedom to live the life you want and not living the life others want for you.
For me, and most animal lovers, this transfers over to freedom for animals, too. I am working on the Puppy Mill Survivors photo book at the moment and have learned that there are over one million breeder dogs in puppy mills at the moment...These dogs are never allowed to leave their cages, some dogs are in cages so small they can only turn in circles. These dogs are never played with. They are anything but free. They are in hell.
Sadie, pictured in the photo above with the flag draped across her, is sort of symbolizing a freedom for dogs, and so I thought it was an appropriate image to use for this post and today's theme of Independence. It's my hope that one day, all dogs, ALL ... even ones that have a certain look to them, will be given ultimate freedom .... a chance to live their lives in a safe and happy place.
Founder & photographer Melissa McDaniel started The Photo Book Projects, a series of photo books (and more!), to educate about issues affecting animals, especially those that are mistreated or misunderstood. The first 3 books are out now: Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America & Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs. Puppy Mill Rescues will be released in 2012!
Imagine a better world for animals.
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WHERE IS MELISSA?
TOTALS & STATS
DOGS PHOTOGRAPHED FOR THE PHOTO BOOKS:
Deaf Dogs & Rescued in America:
183 dogs in 34 states & 1 province (78 deaf dogs, 105 rescued dogs)
Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs:
82 dogs from 19 states