Gila's Place | The Shelter Project

The Shelter Project.... It's all about the animals!
They're my favorite photographic subjects to work with.


IMG_4646-2s I'm big, big, BIG on pet adoption.

If what you're after is a loyal companion, I encourage you to take a little time and check out the links below. They lead to the Facebook pages and websites of each Southeast Missouri shelter or rescue listed.

Any of these organizations will have dozens of pets to offer for adoption, at any given time.

They are all pets worthy of becoming your newest family member.

Below the shelter/rescue links is a scroller full of adoptables that these organization's have listed on PetFinder.

Shop around a little and see if any one pet catches your eye. The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri- Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Pemiscot County Animal Welfare Society (Formerly known as the Caruthersville Humane Society) - Hayti, Mo

Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary-
Jackson, Mo.

Sikeston Area Humane Society- Sikeston, Mo.

Dexter Animal Shelter- Dexter, Mo.

Rough Road Rescue- Perry County, Mo.


I have been rescuing them, raising them, re-homing them, and loving them, for as long as I can remember. I have no preference between domestic or wild, mammal, reptile, or fowl; fur, scales or feathers; if it needs help, I'll always do what I can.

I've been volunteering and working with rescues, shelters, and individuals for the betterment of animals for the past decade. And I network with some of the best people in the business, helping any way I can.

I have photographed many shelter animals, and help others learn to do the same; creating images that are used on websites and social networking sites to help homeless animals find their furever homes.

Thank you to all who volunteer their skills to the voiceless, homeless, and helpless pets.


"It's not something I have ever been conscious of; it started when I was a kid. It's just there, my attraction to animals, and more so, their attraction to me." - Gila



Light reading about Animal Welfare and Pet Photography?

Check out my blog

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Mention that you have visited this page and 20% of your photo session fee with Gila's Place will be donate to the shelter of your choice.


Has your dog or cat gone missing in Southeast Missouri? Semo Lost Pets can help with that.

Share your images and plea at
Semo Lost Pet on Facebook. They have helped reconnect hundreds of animals with their owners.

Don't forget to contact your local shelter when your pet has gone missing! Even if they don't have your pet, you can make a "lost report" in case it is picked up and brought into them.




Quick Pix portrait events

Specific date and location set for mini portrait sessions. Shelter or rescue receives a portion of the net proceeds from the event. This is a quick money maker for non profits.


Always remember to spay and neuter your pets.