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Last weekend, the GBHSA hosted the 3rd Annual Jazz Cat Ball at Old Car Heaven, benefitting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. It was a great time, with plenty of entertainment and fundraising opportunities. We are still waiting on the final numbers, but it looks like the attendees were even more generous than last year.

Here is a video I shot during set-up and the actual evening. It was so much fun to create and I got to meet some new people along the way.

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Wild Wild West

I’ve never been farther west than Arkansas, but thanks to a grant from the ASPCA, I got to hop on a plane to Tempe, Arizona earlier this month. You’d think I was a kid in a candy store–gawking at every single cactus and mountain. (Seriously, this post could almost be titled “Who knew there were this many types of cacti?”)

When you’re used to the Great Smokies, the bald, sandy peaks look strange. They rose up out of the ground in the middle of this flat desert, which looked so odd.

I stayed just a few yards from Arizona State University. I rented a car and drove to the Grand Canyon, through miles of nothing. I visited the Desert Botanical Garden at sunset, and I got to eat and drink at some of the coolest local restaurants.

This was also the first trip that I have ever taken by myself. That was quite the experience in itself, but my only-child instincts kicked in and I embraced the solitude eventually. That’s not to say I was alone. I forced myself out of my comfort zone and talk to servers, fellow tourists and some locals who introduced me to a side of Tempe that I would’ve never seen.

(Click to enlarge images and view as a slideshow.)

Oh, and if you were wondering about the conference, I learned about leadership and what it takes to make it in the animal welfare world. We debriefed the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, which consumed my life this past summer. During that challenge, the GBHS adopted out 1,051 pets in just three months! Go team!

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GBHS Puppies

Do I have the best job ever? It’s possible. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon taking pictures of all the puppies at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. It’s a rough life, I know. These are just a few of my favorites. I managed to take around 200 photos of about 15 different pups. Hey, you gotta take a lot of pictures just to get a few good ones, especially with unruly subjects!

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