This Chihuahua knows how to work it for the puparazzi.
A shelter pooch has finally found a home thanks to a series of photos that anyone who has taken a middle school yearbook picture can relate to.
The 4-month-old Chihuahua-mix was found wandering the streets and was brought to San Francisco Animal Care & Control by a good Samaritan in June. When the pup — whom the shelter named Carpe Diem — was having difficulty getting adopted, the shelter set up a photo shoot with a volunteer photographer named Kelly Winquist to help the little guy out.
“[Photos have] a tremendous impact!” Deb Campbell, a rep for SFACC, told The Huffington Post. “Being able to showcase the shelter animals in beautiful – and yes, sometimes funny – photos inspires people to visit the shelter to adopt, even from distant cities.”
But when it was time for the outgoing, sweet and quirky C.D. to give the camera FACE, things got wonderfully whacky instead:
“Seeing his silly nature makes people smile, and the photos captured that,” Campbell said of the dog that was named Carpe Diem because he always seizes the opportunity to make people grin. “Who doesn’t like a smile in their day? Carpe Diem gave us that little gift every day during his stay with us.”
The shelter posted the pictures of the teeny-tiny tyke to their Twitter page on July 11 and got a tremendous response — over 2,000 likes and and a thousand re-tweets. The post also caught the attention of an adopter who had gotten a dog from SFACC before.
On July 13, Carpe Diem was taken home by this veteran adopter and got a new and equally endearing name.
“His new name is Turbo and he has a brother named Jenkins,” Campbell said.
If you’re interested in adopting a one-of-a-kind canine or cat of your own Campbell says SFACC has plenty more looking for forever homes.
If you live or will be in the San Francisco area on July 23, SFACC is participating in a national campaign with NBC called “Clear The Shelters” in which all of its animals will be available for adoption at no charge.
For more information on SFACC and its adoptable pets, visit their website, here.