Flower power helps shelter pit bulls find forever homes

One woman is trying to change the way people look at pit bulls using her camera, an Instagram account and the hashtag #PitBullFlowerPower.

Sophie Gamand is a photographer based in New York City. She is also a shelter volunteer and activist who saw a huge difference between people who like pit bulls and people who do not. In fact, Gamand never really used to like pit bulls herself.

"Having been attacked by a large dog as a child, I was always a little tense around pit bulls, especially because of the stories I had heard in the media. As a photographer, the best way I knew how to confront these things was through a photo project," said Gamand.

In August 2014, she started taking pictures of pit bulls with floral crowns to show the dogs in an unexpected way. The pictures are used by shelters and rescue groups to help find the dogs loving homes. 

"Ultimately, if we stop being afraid of these dogs, maybe we will start considering them for what they are: animals with unique individualities. You cannot judge - and punish, euthanize, an entire group of dogs based on a few bad elements," said Gamand.

The photographer is working to bring the project to other cities and states.

In the meantime, Gamand's work is getting a lot of traffic on Instagram. Her account (@SophieGamand) has more than 31,000 followers and individual photos of the pit bulls have thousands of likes.

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