Giving Back: Working with the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue
Animal rescue has a huge piece of my heart and I do all I can to give back to rescues that mean a lot to me. But, as I haven’t yet worked out cloning myself or being in three places at once, I’m not able to photograph every single adoptable dog in need. So, I have had to get creative to be able to help as many dogs as possible. With the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue I have figured out how to give back in two ways: volunteering as the event photographer at the annual Bully Ball in Atlanta each year and donating to the silent auction.
The Bully Ball XIII –
Georgia English Bulldog Rescue Fundraiser
The Bully Ball is the annual gala supporting Georgia English Bulldog Rescue. In the past eleven years, The Bully Ball event has raised more than $1.25 Million to support the mission of GEBR!
It’s an incredible night filled with animal loving people and adorable smushy faced bulldogs dressed to the nines.
For the past 3 years I have donned my finest dog photography clothes (it’s hard to be black tie when lying on the ground photographing bulldogs), strapped my camera to my hip, and headed out for a night on the town to photograph The Bully Ball attendees.
This year marks The Bully Ball XIII and will be held at The Whitley in Atlanta Buckhead on Saturday, March 5th, 2022. You can still get tickets to The Bully Ball here.
Silent Auction Donations at The Bully Ball
Once you get past the bulldogs in bowties and ball gowns, the second highlight of the evening is the auction at The Bully Ball. There are two parts to the auction benefiting the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue – a live and a silent auction.
The live auction is fabulous with a great auctioneer, games, and incredible items including luxurious 5-Star accommodations, sports ticket box seats, and more! The LIVE part of the auction raises tens of thousands of dollars for the rescue.
The silent auction is full of great experiences, art, jewelry, and a complete pet photography experience from yours truly. Some of my favorite sessions ever have come from the auction winners at various charities each year. The best part of winning a session at a charitable auction is that you get gorgeous photos and a unique experience with your pet – and your favorite charity raises money for their cause!
Other Ways I Give Back to My Favorite Animal Rescues as a Pet Photographer
Several years ago my wife shared something with me that changed the way I view every day.
She said that every day we should do something for ourselves, something for our homes, and something for someone else. It’s helped me keep balance in my life and set a mindset that makes me feel good.
When you look at a problem like homelessness for pets, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like you will never be able to do enough to make a dent, but if I can do just one thing every day then I am working on pushing that ball up the hill.
Some days it looks like caring for one of our foster dogs, tube feeding puppies (like I have been doing the last 3 weeks), heading out to the Humane Society of Morgan County to photograph adoptable animals, going to The Bully Ball, or creating a calendar photo contest, and other times its just sharing something on social media, but all of it makes a little bit of difference.
How do you give back?
What are some of your favorite charities? Animal related or not.
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