What other business says, “Buy this dress or we will tear it to shreds.” “Buy this house or we’ll burn it down.” It has no value so if no one buys it, we’ll just destroy it.
Some shelters insist on presenting dogs as pathetic losers on death row rather than warm, loving potential family members.
Emily Tanen was fired by the Manhattan branch of Animal Care and Control of New York City for taking photos of animals who were scheduled to be euthanized. Hoping to attract the interest of adopters and rescue groups, she was doing a good job from all evidence.
Ms. Tanen who was hired as a liaison between the shelter and rescue groups believed that the animals were being photographed poorly. With her art background and $1500 Nikon she began taking her own pictures until she was fired for ignoring shelter policy.
She photographed mostly pitbulls on death row: close ups of sweet faces or of the dogs interacting with humans.
In the words of the real estate marketers she was giving them curb appeal.
However, she was told that taking photos was not part of her job description and she was violating the strict policy of who can photograph the dogs and how they can be photographed. One rule prohibits showing humans, even human hands, in the pictures.
“I think they just didn’t want photos of animals that they were about to kill looking cute and adoptable and happy with people, but they said it was because their research showed that photos with people didn’t encourage people to adopt,” she said. Source
Care and Control officials would not comment on the research that led to their policy or on Ms. Tanen’s departure, saying that they do not discuss personnel matters.
We understand the need to have firm policies in place and they have the right to fire anyone who ignores the policies. But we would like to see the research that supports their policy of taking mug shots of inmates rather than allowing the dogs to be photographed in the best possible light.
From the New York Times