These pups may not have found their respective forever homes if it weren’t for the ingenuity of Erin Einbender.
The 30-year-old student knew that she wanted her final portfolio project to somehow be canine-related; so, she hit the craft store, spent $200 on colored feathers, glitter, and rhinestones, and she got to work.
For her photography final, Erin redesigned “cones of shame” that dogs wear after they’ve undergone surgery into “cones of fame”. She figured that by transforming those sad, plastic shapes into fun and fancy crowns, it would make dogs feel less ashamed.
Additionally, since dogs are made to wear the cones after they have been spayed or neutered, Erin believed that the cones would raise awareness about the importance of getting dogs fixed.
And it makes them more likely to get adopted when they look so cute and colorful.
“I wanted to empower the dogs, instead of shame them, while shedding light on the importance of spaying/neutering your pet,” Erin told the Good News Network. “Spaying and neutering your pet is a positive thing!
“I also wanted to use my creativity to help dogs find homes,” she added.
Thus far, all of the pups that Erin photographed at the One Tail At A Time animal shelter have been adopted and given forever homes.
The student is going to be continuing her work by hosting an art show featuring the photographs in June. All proceeds will go towards the animal shelter where she volunteers.
As for how the project did in school, Erin seems pretty confident that she did okay.
“The classes at the school of the art institute of Chicago are pass/fail,” she told Good News Network with an online smile. “I definitely passed.”
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