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Show Me the Money: Picture This

Pet portrait fundraiser nets thousands of dollars for California animal welfare organizations

Linnea Lenkus shoots pictures of people all day long, but her favorite subjects have four feet, a cold nose, and a wagging tail.

  • Linnea Lenkus Fine Art Portrait Studio

“For some reason, I have an affinity with dogs. We just seem to speak to each other,” says Lenkus, owner of Linnea Lenkus Fine Art Portrait Studios. “They come over to me, and sit on my feet, and say, ‘Hey, you’re mine.’”

Lenkus is a busy portrait photographer with studios in Long Beach, Irvine, and Pasadena, Calif. Last fall, she returned the affection of her canine friends by doing something to help their buddies. Deeply concerned by the budget cuts that area animal shelters were suffering due to the bad economy, and saddened by the number of homeless pets who weren’t being adopted, Lenkus decided to take action.

She had heard of a photographer in another community who had raised funds for animal welfare organizations by shooting pet portraits in return for donations, and thought that she could duplicate the event to benefit shelters in her area.

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