Photo editor can be a big help in Animal Welfare. I use it a lot. I never photoshop, but adding a couple of funny quotes in a rescue dog’s or cat’s photos always helps the post perform a lot better. However, in Chino’s case, not photoshop, no editing, and no quotes were needed.
Chino was rescued a while ago by a SCARS volunteer. He was found running around in the middle of a busy avenue in downtown Athens, Greece. She just opened her car door and Chino – as she called him – jumped right in.
Chino is a healthy, young male dog who weighs only 7 kilos, has the energy of a Jack Russell and a heart of gold. I took about 100 photos of Chino that day, but it was that particular photo that made us all lose our minds.
Some said that he looks ugly in that “mongoose” pose. Maybe he does. Personally I think he is adorable.
It is definitely not the most representative photo of him, but is by far the most successful one. When it was first posted, comments on what kind of animal this was and what Chino looked like started flowing in the charity’s Facebook page and a private group us volunteers keep in order to talk about the charity’s everyday chores.
“It’s a mongoose!” – That was me. Apart from that ridiculously funny and adorable face, Chino is a ..stander (?) …well, you know, one of those dogs that will stand on their hind legs and stay there for a while. Suricates do that. I could never tell apart between a suricate and a mongoose, but after googling it for Chino’s sake, I found out that a suricate and a mongoose roughly belong to the same species.
Others compared Chino to a “bald hedgehog”
Others compared Chino to a “bald hedgehog” – I don’t even know if there is such an animal, to Sid from Ice Age or even Elmo. Chino is a dog, of course, and basically, apart from that photo, he’s nothing like any of the above – you can tell that from the rest of his photos.
Some said that he looks ugly in that “mongoose” pose. Maybe he does. Personally I think he is adorable. But even ugly can be an asset, when it comes to adoption – because it’s all about getting our rescues adopted. Rescue dogs need all the attention they can get, and that photo of Chino was shared more than any other photos of our rescues. Whether it happened because of it’s “ugliness”, its cuteness or its “look at that face!” effect, it was shared.
But even ugly can be an asset, when it comes to adoption – because it’s all about getting our rescues adopted.
Chino’s photo made its impact on about 12 thousand people (according to Facebook statistics), and it’s still being shared. So what if even half of them think he’s ugly? There are still thousands left that must think he’s adorable, and hopefully, out of all the shares, the comments and the “lol: emojis, a forever home will turn up, and Chino will be adopted.
If you are interested in adopting Chino, contact the charity at: firstname.lastname@example.org or message their Facebook page.