About the Project

Finding Shelter is a story about the symbiotic relationship animal shelter volunteers share with their canine dependents, and the beautiful care taking that hap­pens between the two species. More importantly, it is an opportunity to rebrand our nation’s animal shelters and unveil the truth: that shelters are a place of love, warmth and healing full of animals who are ready and willing to fill your life with joy.

Without volunteers, our nation's animal shelter system simply would not exist. Volunteers speak for those that cannot speak, pick up the pieces for abandoned animals that have been let down by previous owners or unfortunate circumstances, and do whatever it takes to heal the deepest of wounds.

Finding Shelter is award-winning photographer Jesse Freidin's tribute to the softer side of the shelter system story, told through its volunteers and the animals they have saved. 

Jesse Freidin photographing volunteers while on the road. Photos by Amanda Brauning

Jesse Freidin photographing volunteers while on the road. Photos by Amanda Brauning