Rescue dogs in Spokane: How they make a house a home

March 1, 2019
Family dog photography session spokane

Our furkids come to us in so many different ways. When I embarked on this venture to put a spotlight on rescue dogs in Spokane and North Idaho, I had my own definition of “rescue.”

It’s getting your dog from a registered organization that seeks homes for abandoned dogs, right?

Well, yes, yes, it is.

I was, however, forgetting my own story about finding Shep through a rotten divorce.

As I meet people from Spokane and North Idaho for their dog photography sessions, I learn “rescue” means a lot of different things.

Ultimately, it means giving a dog in need a good home.

A happy, healthy home with lots of love, snuggles and full bellies.

Which is all any dog—or human, for that matter—could ask for.

Meet some rescue dogs in Spokane and North Idaho

Rescue is a different experience for everyone.

It’s being alerted to a dog being chained to a couch and taking him away to safety.

Like Cori did for Bear.

woman loves her chow for rescue dogs in spokane

Rescue is finding a stray on the street and bringing him home to live with you and your other shelter dog.

Like Tamara did for Wally.

woman with two pitbulls at fernan lake

Rescue is doing a random web search and finding the love of your life online.

And then Nicole and Chris went to Spokane Humane Society to get Cracker.

family saves pug one of rescue dogs in spokane

Rescue is saving a dog from death at a high-kill shelter in California. And it’s re-homing a puppy from a friend’s accidental litter.

Like Carol and Jimmy did for Wiggles and Betty.

Kings and queens

Giving a dog a home is a noble venture.

Rescuing a dog from a shitty life, a shelter life or even death is beyond noble.

I’m honored to meet these fine folks for photography sessions with rescue dogs in Spokane and North Idaho.

I’m honored to have them trust me to tell their dog’s story in pictures and words here on this blog.

Each story will gets its own post in the weeks to come, like Cori and Bear did. Stay tuned for the stories about how rescue dogs have found their furever homes..

If you’re reading this and want to tell your story, get in touch! I have a few spots left for this rescue dog project, Who Got Rescued?

For a $99 reservation fee, you get a portrait session, two social media-optimized digital files and one mounted 8×10.

All around the circle

Giving a dog a home.

That’s how I interpreted this week’s theme, No Place Like Home, for the Project 52 blog circle.

Now we get to see what other dog photographers around the world thought.

Start with Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.

Click the link at the bottom of each blog post to travel through the circle. When you find yourself back here, you know you’re home.

And there’s no place like it.


  • Elaine
    March 21, 2019

    Beautiful thoughts, beautiful photos!

  • Darlene
    March 2, 2019

    I absolutely love this post! Makes my heart smile 🙂 Beautiful images, Angela! Love the image of Cracker with his family in the snow – such joy!

  • Tracy Allard
    March 2, 2019

    Awesome post, love your take on the theme and rescue can mean so many things – even dogs rescuing us.

  • Jo Lyons
    March 2, 2019

    Wow that was powerful… and I couldn’t agree more. There are so many ways to rescue and thank you for sharing these beautiful families.

  • Rachel
    March 1, 2019

    I am such a fan of your writing, Angela! I know you came from journalism and it really makes your blog fun to read.

  • Terri Jankelow
    March 1, 2019

    Love your take on this theme! I really liked the photos of the humans with their rescue dogs.

    • angela
      March 1, 2019

      Thanks, Terri! I love finding that amazing connection between dog and human.

  • Colleen
    March 1, 2019

    For a shelter or rescue dog there really is no place like home. The photos are beautiful, the one of Cori and Bear brings tears.

    • angela
      March 1, 2019

      Would you believe I cry a lot when I’m editing these galleries? These people and their dogs have moved me so much.

  • Linda Perdue
    March 1, 2019

    Wow, a very unique way to portray ‘home’ and I love that you shared photographs of dogs that found their homes with the new person/family that opened their home to them.

    • angela
      March 1, 2019

      Thanks, Linda!

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