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    Photographers around the country are doing glamour shoots with shelter pets to help them get adopted.

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    Shelter animals get glam -

    Photographers are reaching out to rescue groups and shelters to take better pictures of pets who need homes. Routine pictures of animals behind bars like Reagan the dachshund, right, don’t encourage adoptions, they say.

    Portrait photographer Teresa Berg reshot Reagan in pearls tilting his head in her Dallas photo studio. Pictures that capture an animal’s personality help people looking to adopt pets connect with them, photographers say.

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    Fabio, an orange-and-white cat, avoids the camera in his before picture. He gets cozy on a blue blanket in his reshoot and gazes into the lens of photographer Nanette Martin of Shelter-Me Photography.

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    Niki the dachshund took a snooze during her before picture – but she’s awake and standing in an oversized food bowl peering up at Berg’s camera in her retake.

    Dark-and-tan dachshunds like Niki used to linger longest in foster homes of the Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation. Berg’s photos have sped up their adoption rates, the foundation says.

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    Austin the dachshund lies down and squints in his before picture – and sits up looking meaningfully into Berg’s lens in the reshoot.

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    Before: Alaina the cat appears to have chocolate fur - but she’s glossy black, her after shot reveals. Cats with dark fur can be especially challenging to photograph, Martin says.

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    Cody the dachshund is buried under a plaid hat in his before picture. He adorably looks up from his pillow perch in his retake.

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    Sympathy shots, photographers say, usually don’t get the animal adopted, and may turn people away from visiting shelters altogether. Martin reshoots Dude, this pit-bull mix, tilting his head and perking his ears up.

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    Seth Casteel photographs people’s pets for a living including celebrities’ – and volunteers at shelters around the country to take positive pictures of pets without people like this smiley pooch. He just launched the site SecondChancePhotos.org to offer workshops and tips to amateur photographers and animal lovers looking to set up their own photo shoots with shelter and rescue pets.

    Ahead: Dos and don’ts of shelter photography.

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    Photographers say some animals like this floppy-eared black lab especially need help getting people’s attention because they’re less desirable and trickier to photograph. Better pictures, they say, inspire visits to shelters and rescues and adoptions of animals – and can save a pet’s life.

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