Photographer, Brandon Stanton has experienced a meteoric career boost over the course of the last six years transitioning from a starving photographer to a worldwide celeb. The premise behind his success was a simple one. Capture interesting photographs of people on the streets of New York and then accompany their pics with a interesting backstory. Titled, “Humans of New York,” collectively these capsulized documentaries became the subject matter for his now widely-read blog, while capturing the attention of over eight million folks that follow him on social media.
From ‘Humans’ to ‘Dogs’
In addition to humans, it appears that dogs also hold a soft spot in Stanton’s heart. Five years ago, when he happened upon a dog named Susie sitting on a stoop in front of a Brooklyn, NY walk-up, he instantly took a shine to her. As karma would have it, Susie’s owner saw the connection and seeing that he was no longer in a position to take care of Susie, he asked Stanton if he might want to adopt her.
Stanton was sleeping on a friend’s couch at the time, but recalls that interaction as “one of the best decisions” he ever made in his life.
“I’d never had a dog before,” he said. “It was a new experience. I was introduced for the first time to a dog’s unexplainable and unconditional love. After a few weeks, it seemed that Susie’s only concern in life was staying as close to me as possible. There was now a joyous reunion waiting for me at the end of every workday. And I learned that there are few greater blessings than a wildly happy dog greeting you at the door.”
A Non-Profit was Born
Susie was 12 years old when Stanton took her in, and she lived with him for another 5 years before passing away, April 23rd. But her life definitely served as a inspiration for himself and his fiancée, Erin O’Sullivan to launch ‘Susie’s Senior Dogs,’ a nonprofit that promotes the adoption of older dogs.
Susie’s Senior Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with the goal of creating awareness and increasing senior dog adoptions. As any dog lover will acknowledge, older homeless dogs have a difficult time finding a good home due to their age. There’s a number of reasons for this, but it’s this non-profit’s intent to change that mindset.
As Susie the dog noted on their website, “although it’s true that you might have less time together then you would when adopting a puppy, a senior dog makes up for it with their appreciation of being given a second chance — there’s nothing like earning the love of an older animal.”
So, if this post has stirred your emotions and has made you start to think about adopting a dog, please do check out Susie’s Senior Dogs. There you can learn more about obtaining your very own older canine. And, if you're in a position to do so, donations can be made via PayPal using the email adddress: firstname.lastname@example.org, or your can also give directly on their website here.