(2010 – current)
This portrait project documents actual animals the night before they are slated to be euthanized. The majority of the cats and dogs are located at animal control facilities within New York City. They are former companion animals killed for as little as an upper respiratory infection or a poor behavior rating. Abandoned, unwanted, and sometimes abused or neglected, these animals are at the mercy of humans. While a few are saved at the eleventh hour through the efforts of placement agencies, most end up being killed for lack of space, resources, funding, and manpower.
This project explores the fate of animals once they enter a shelter situation and shows how quickly their lives can change from a secure and loving environment to a cage on death row.