Not only will they bring a smile to your face and to your heart, these adorable pet portraits are also for a good cause as they're part of the Shelter Pets Project. Photographed by Tammy Swarek the project involves dressing up shelter dogs in adorable outfits and costumes to help draw attention to their stories in the hopes that somebody will want to adopt them. Swarek also possess a unique talent for humanizing the dogs in her photos, allowing us the viewer to further connect with her subjects on a personal level.
Combining her love for photography and for her passion to make a change in life, Swarek is inspired to create these visually stunning portraits through the lens of her camera, but no matter how beautiful they appear on face value it's important to remember that the stories behind them are often heartbreaking. Take Misty for example, the first dog you see pictured below, she was left abandoned at a spillway with her baby.