Susan Schmitz is an award-winning photographer, philanthropist, and owner of A Dog’s Life Photography based in Scottsdale. For more than five years, her innovative rescue group photo program has been providing high-impact images of displaced pets for use in animal adoption ads.

Schmitz recently partnered with one of Arizona’s leading rescue organizations, Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, to assist with its mission to ensure that all pets have loving homes when their families face major life changes. She provided Lost Our Home with professional photographs of animals in its foster care for adoption ads, marketing efforts and as decor throughout their new facility in Tempe.

Funding for the photo program comes from the licensing of royalty-free images from Schmitz’s website at The newly expanded library of stock photos available for licensing mainly consists of actual rescue animals in the care of various organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Last fall, Schmitz’s video entry on the rescue group photo program was selected as a winner in the International Shutterstock Stories Grant Contest out of entries from 26 countries. A Dog’s Life Photography was recently recognized by U.S. Rep. David Schweickert’s office in District 6 for its work in the community.

According to Schmitz, “Millions of discarded dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the U.S. My hope is to raise awareness of our over-population crisis through my images.”

For more information on A Dog’s Life Photography and the photo rescue program, call (602) 386-9997 or visit

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