Hi i’m Mark Nardecchia
In my 10 years of professional dog photography I've photographed 1,000s of rescued dogs. I wanted to come up with a project that would address two problems I have found in my years of working with rescues.
Rescues generally need two types of photos from me.
I often come across people that use the fact their dog was rescued to explain away any quarks or weird traits they have. On one hand I am proud of them for rescuing their pet and on the other hand they are implying rescued pets are broken.
So, this project was born out of my desire to show beautiful, happy rescued animals and to raise money with happy dogs. That way animal welfare groups can continue to do their wonderful work. While I attempt to change the narrative that rescued dogs are in some way inherently broken or inferior to dogs purchased from a breeder.
I want people to be proud of their adopted dog!
Page of dogs
In an effort to show off beautiful adopted pets across America we are taking on school year to travel the country and photograph 3,300 previously adopted pets creating a true rescue dog yearbook!
We will be coming to as many cities as possible to photograph your adopted pet! So let us know where we should go next!
Animal Welfare Groups
Animal Welfare Groups
We are teaming up with all types of animal welfare groups across the country. This allows us to show off and support all the great work local groups are doing. I want to make sure that all the money we raised goes right to the areas that need it most!
Most likely to
give you side eye!
3,300 Adopted Animals
Why 3,300 you ask? Well, 3,300 is ONLY 0.1% of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) shelters yearly average of 3.3 million dogs that enter rescues each year. The goal is to photograph a representation of the 0.1% of the 3.3 million beautiful adopted animals. This will visually quantify for people just how many dogs need homes every year to stop euthanasia! The hope is that we can break through to our communities and change the habit of unnecessarily buying dogs from breeders and having people look to adopting from rescue organizations first!
Throughout the project we will be collecting hand written notes from everyone. We want to know what you love about your rescued dog, such as something funny they do or your favorite story about them. We will be filling out the pages of the yearbook where people would normally sign it with these stories and notes!
$1,000,000 Donated to animal welfare groups!
$1,000,000 Donated to Animal Welfare Groups!
A total Rescue High project donation amount is projected at 1 million benefitting local sponsoring animal welfare and rescue organizations across the country.One pet session's cost is $50, half goes directly to the animal welfare group sponsored. We intend to photograph 100 pets per day which will raise $2,500 benefiting the sponsoring rescue per day.
Throughout the project we will be holding fun contests. For example we are giving each participating animal welfare group a “most likely to” that we will be auctioned off for $1 for 1 vote. The winner will recieve a 1/4 page photo with their "most likely to" So be thinking about what your pet is most likely to do! Here are some fun examples!
Most likely to
snuggle with you!
Once the school year comes to an end. We will take our 3,300 pet student photos together with behind the scenes photos of the volunteers and rescues to create a Rescue High yearbook. The signature portion of the book will be filled with the hand-written stories we collect. This will give us a complete book filled with thousands of beautiful adopted dogs and the people that helped them find their forever homes!
Are you ready to have a ball?!