Mareike loves working with pet photography because she loves helping pets find homes. She says, “I have seen it many times. Pets had been on the website for weeks, and after having their professional picture taken, they find a home quickly.”
Mareike also says that she loves working with the pet photography assistants because, without them, it wouldn’t be as much fun and the pictures wouldn’t turn out as well.
Mareike says the hardest part about volunteering at the shelter is “seeing animals that are stressed about losing their family and home and don’t understand why they have been given up.” However, she says, “knowing they are just starting a new and better life makes everything better!”
Mareike and her husband have three dogs of their own: Emmie, Harley and Charity, who are like their children.
Not only does Mareike volunteer for KHS, but she and her husband started a charity in Louisville called Active Heroes in 2011. It is dedicated to reducing suicide among veterans. Mareike and her husband have also walked across America twice to raise money for military families. When she is not photographing animals, Mareike is taking photos for Active Heroes.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Mareike says, “Even if you can only come out once or twice a week or maybe even once or twice a month, any minute you can spend helping us with the animals is so appreciated.”
She says that not only do the animals love it, but the staff appreciate the help, too, because it helps make the animals feel more comfortable and helps them get adopted more quickly.