Pet photographer raises $8,500 for hurricane relief
Anchorage photographer David Jensen opened his studio for free pet portraits on Tuesday, in exchange for donations.
The money raised will go to hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida.
Jensen said he saw the impact the 1964 earthquake had on Alaska and how the Lower 48 responded.
“These were people who came up and sent donations so that resonates with me and that's what I want to be able to do and help out for Houston as well,” Jensen said.
He held a free session last week that brought in $4,500.
“It's an expression from the heart. People who have dogs, who have animal companions, it’s such a strong community,” Jensen said.
There was a steady stream of pet owners waiting patiently with their pups. Many missed the first session Jensen offered so they were happy to have another opportunity to help out.
“It's important to support people who are going through this crisis in Texas with the storms. We do want to give back to the community,” said Kimberly Sharp, who brought her 6-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy, Lucy, to the event.
Jensen said trading his talent for a few free photos is an easy way to contribute to the cause.
“While this is a lot to do, it's not nearly the kind of work that's going on when someone is carrying a dog or leading a horse through flood waters. This is just a small thing but it's something,” Jensen said.
During the two days Jensen photographed about 150 dogs, four cats and a snake. Donations totaled to more than $8,500.