Volunteer Spotlight - Leslie Lange

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Animal portraiture is a very special field of photography. Animals are always on the move, and it can be challenging to get their attention with their different likes and personalities. The Humane Society of Ventura County is very lucky to have volunteers who dedicate their skills to getting the best possible photos of our animals to help improve the chances of them being adopted into loving homes. One such volunteer is Leslie Lange, who does the color profile shots of our dogs and cats.

Leslie began volunteering in July 2015 as a regular dog walker and cat socializer. In early 2018, Leslie learned that we were looking for more volunteer photographers and wanted to give it a shot. Leslie did such a great job; she became our go-to photographer for the cats and dogs profiles. Leslie has a way of capturing the perfect shot, right as the animal looks into the camera. It is one thing to see an animals’ photo and fall in love; it is another to have the animal look right back at you.

"The Humane Society of Ventura County is very lucky to have volunteers who dedicate their skills to getting the best possible photos of our animals to help improve the chances of them being adopted into loving homes."

Leslie started volunteering because she loves animals. When the option came up for her to add her other passion, photography, she was happy to do it, “I love animals, and I love photography. Perfect combination!” Taking photos has become her favorite thing to do while volunteering at the shelter. It takes time and dedication, but Leslie loves every second of it.

Leslie remembers one dog that stuck with her. Beckett, a Lhasa Apso mix, who had received a haircut not long before his photos, “He just wanted to sit next to me and seemed so happy to have my company.”

"When asked what she would tell others interested in volunteering, she said, “Volunteering is so rewarding. Winning the trust of a scared or anxious animal has to be the best feeling in the world.”

When asked what she would tell others interested in volunteering, she said, “Volunteering is so rewarding. Winning the trust of a scared or anxious animal has to be the best feeling in the world.”

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the Humane Society of Ventura County from photography to dog walking. For more information on volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Volden by phone at (805)646-6505 x110 or by email at Volunteer@hsvc.org.


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