Dog photos rarely fail to make us smile—and they can make for amazing workout partners too.
Unfortunately, millions of dogs are sick, hurt, and homeless around the world.
To be more specific, 3.9 million dogs enter shelters in the U.S. every year and 1.2 million are euthanized, according to the ASPCA.
So, to help find more dogs their "forever home," fashion and portrait photographer Richard Phibbs has joined forces with the Humane Society of New York (since 2012), snapping portraits of dogs up for adoption as part of the Manhattan shelter's effort to place pets with families.
Some of his greatest pictures have been featured in Rescue Me: Dog Adoption Portraits and Stories from New York City. The book boasts colorful photos of 67 dogs, along with their personal stories, detailing the journey from rejection to rescue.
Click through to see a handful of the featured pups, most of which are now living happily in New York City.
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