JUST IN: Check Out the Closing Reception for Landfill Dogs

Landfill Dogs Ciara Image Copyright Mary Shannon Johnstone 2013 Used By Permission Lisa Sullivan

This is Ciara (above) ~

Who wants a sweet girl who is already house trained? Ciara, impoundment #88034, absolutely will not mess in her kennel. The shelter workers have all commented on how remarkable she is. She is also wonderful on a leash and great in the car too. Ciara likes walking—but above all, she just wants to sleep in a cool, dry, comfortable place. After our walk and photo shoot, she spent about 30 minutes just hanging out and napping in my car with the air-conditioning on. If you are looking for love who will keep your house clean, come on out and meet Ciara at the Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh, NC. (Landfill Dogs Facebook Page)

Earlier this month thanks to my friend and fellow dog-lover, Camden Watts, I learned of this amazing exhibition of photography highlighting the plight of shelter dogs. Simply titled – Landfill Dogs – it’s a photographers art that brings to life the animals in desperate need of rescue or they may otherwise be put down.

Mary Shannon Johnstone is a saint. No really. This talented lady has such a love for animals, especially shelter dogs, that she has taken it upon herself to tell each dog’s story (that she meets) through the lens. Mary picks up a dog at the Wake County Animal Shelter and takes him/her for a car ride to the landfill they most likely will end up in, and not to be mean either. She is doing it to prove the point in that dog’s story. Once they get there, she provides them with treats and then proceeds to shoot pictures, dozens of pictures, of the animal in action at the landfill. Once can imagine, it’s the most profound scene to witness this act of kindness to bring awareness to a cause that so desperately needs attention.


You can see Mary’s work up close and personal ONE LAST TIME at the show hosted by Designbox Gallery in downtown Raleigh THIS Friday night from 4pm-8pm.


Designbox is even staying open an extra two hours so that the public can come view it. If you have to work Friday afternoon, make this a stop before you head home or grab your honey and make it an impromptu date night of art, giving back, and then dinner. 10% of all proceeds from gallery store purchases ALL day Friday will also go toward the Wake County Animal Shelter.

Landfill Dogs Karsten Image copyright 2013 Mary Shannon Johnstone Used by Permission

Landfill Dogs Karsten. Image by Mary Shannon Johnstone. Used by Permission.

Karsten, impoundment #87239 is just a pup. He is less than 1 year old, and spent the last 80 days living in the shelter. At only 36lbs, Karsten is a good boy, but he is so excited when you come to visit that you will want to meet him outside of his kennel. Once outside, he is very good on a leash, eager to please, and loves tennis balls, treats, and chew toys. He even learned “sit” after just a few minutes. He would make an excellent running partner, and be happy chewing up anything you need shredded. Don’t let this big eared pup pass you by! Come out and meet him at the Wake County Animal Center. (Landfill Dogs Facebook Page)

To learn more about this amazing project visit –

The Designbox Landfill Dogs Event Page

The Landfill Dogs Facebook Page

The Artist Statement about the project

To learn about how you can adopt any of the beautiful pups you see or learn more about others in waiting, please visit the Wake County Animal Shelter.


If you LOVE dogs and you want to see an amazing exhibition that will touch your heart, please attend the final Closing Reception of Landfill Dogs. If you can make a contribution to the cause, even better. If anything else, continue to share Mary’s work by “checking in” to the show on Foursquare or Facebook, write a blog post after you’ve seen it, shoot some Instagrams of what you see that evening, Tweet about it.

Let’s spread the word! The “unofficial” hashtag by all summation is #LandfillDogs.

We can make a difference. Visit the show Friday night.

Hope to see you there!

All images courtesy of Mary Shannon Johnstone. Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. (Thanks, Mary!)


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