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Yakima woman takes portraits of cats to find them a forever home

YAKIMA, Wash. - A Yakima woman is helping cats find a home by taking their portraits at the Yakima Humane Society.

Christel McKenzie is a professional photographer whose been shooting for the past 20 years. She started taking portraits of cats at the humane society on the side as a way to get involved in the community. 

She and her assistant Emily go to the humane society at least once a week to add an artistic touch to the photos of cats in need of adoption.

They set up their equipment right in the shelter, often changing the theme of their portraits. On Tuesday, they chose a wine theme, using grapes and donated wine bottles to decorate the backdrop. 

McKenzie feels her unique hobby is truly making a difference, and she even sees it among her peers. 

“Some of my friends have seen the cat pictures and say, 'We adopted that cat that you took pictures of yesterday,'” McKenzie said. 

Mckenzie hopes that her portraits will help cats find a forever home.

 

 


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