On September 29th I shared Part One of my Two Part feature about the The Rachael Ray™ Nutrish™ #ShelterCatsAreBeautiful Tour and their stop at Friends For The Dearborn Animal Shelter, in Dearborn, Michigan, which I was thrilled to be able to attend.
Rachael Ray™ Nutrish™ is proud to partner with GreaterGood.org® and One Picture Saves a Life™. Together, they traveled across the country taking photos worthy of these loving cats who are simply looking for a second chance.
The session was led by Miranda Hay (read all about her in Part One) .
|Miranda and I (my tired and haggy looking self!)|
at the #ShelterCatsAreBeautiful Tour
There were approx 40 people in attendance. lWe istened with rapt attention to the grooming and photography tips that Miranda shared with us, (they can also be found at www.onepicturesaves.com)
The cat that Miranda groomed was named "Linc" (I believe it was short for Abraham Lincoln, but I am not sure, my husband caught that part, I didn't!) I was impressed immediately with how Miranda handled and related to Linc with the utmost care, respect and gentleness.
Shelter Cat Grooming
some of the tips were:
Before You Start
- Safety first! Make sure the cat is ready to be handled!
- DO NOT RUSH! Spend some time with the cat to make sure you are both comfortable to ensure a safe and relaxing experience for both of you!
- If the cat you are preparing to groom is not ready, move on to another cat and try again later!
Focus on Cleaning the Face
- The headshot is THE most important picture!
- Clean "goop" around the eyes and nose with saline solution and a paper towel or wash cloth
Clean the Coat
- Use a waterless shampoo on a paper towel or washcloth, and you have a quick and easy wipe to safely remove dirt and dander and give the coat a nice scent.
- Finish up with a brush out to make sure the coat is fluffy and shiny for her glamour shot!!
|Miranda and Linc sharing a private joke|
For more grooming tips visit:
Here is a photo of a happy and groomed "Linc" with Aaron Bertera, Downriver Center Animal Control, Chief Animal Control Officer, who graciously offered to pose with Linc for a photo op for me!
After the grooming tips, Miranda went on to share with us Shelter Cat Photography tips that she learned from Seth Casteel, who does Lifestyle and Pet Photography. The tips that we were given by Miranda are ALL in this fabulous video that is on the One Picture Saves A Life website. Enjoy!
- Positive photos get animals adopted!
- Try to showcase unique features about each cat and show their personality
- Head shots where the eyes are light and in focus connect with adopters!
THEN IT WAS OUR TURN!!!
I was a coward and chose NOT to go into the area where the cats were in cages waiting to be adopted, instead, I opted to join Miranda and a few others in an area that was more "home-like", where the kitties were on beds, had scratchers etc, and were able to move about freely. It was there that we each got to take some photos of our own. Here are some of mine:
There you have it!
It is a complete honor being a Brand Ambassador for Rachael Ray™ Nutrish™ and to be able to experience her #ShelterCatsAreBeautifulTour first paw! Kudos to GreaterGood.org® and One Picture Saves a Life™ for their partnership with her and dedication to this incredible cause as well. A special THANK YOU to Rachael Ray™ Nutrish™ for the pallets of food that were donated to the kitties of the shelter. You can see a video of them enjoying their food here. THE VIDEO IS SUPER SHORT, BE SURE TO TURN UP YOUR VOLUME TO HEAR THEM MEOWING WITH DELIGHT!!!
My time spent at the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter was incredibly educational and rewarding. It was an honor to meet and become friends with Miranda, and to mingle with those who give their hearts and souls every day to help save millions of furry lives.
I promised my friends at the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter that I would share their next HUGE endeavors.
Tracy Balazy and Einstein; Adorable Adoptables are the star guests at Black Tie & Tails
Photo Credit: Besek Photography