About - k9photo.org

Michael and his mountain biking buddy Zack 

As a child, Michael Puck grew up with a beloved Black Lab. For years, the two spent countless hours exploring the wooded areas and rivers near their home in Lower Saxony, Germany, where the fun, the adventures and the opportunities for a little mischief never seemed to end. It was these early memories that would, ultimately, spark a lifelong love of animals, and a passion to help pets in need.

After leaving Germany, Michael enrolled at the New York Institute of Photography, honing his skills and deepening his love of life behind the lens. He continued to shoot his furry friends and other pet companions, gaining widespread recognition when his acclaimed work “First Time Out” was honored in a national competition. “First Time Out” featured a six-week-old pit bull puppy running outside for the very first time. 

Soon after this award, Michael launched k9photo, bringing his two great passions together. His initial work focused solely on rescue pets, and capturing rich, professional images that he and the shelters could use to promote adoption. These images helped countless pets find loving homes—but Michael wanted to do more.

By opening k9photo to private photo sessions and services, Michael was able to drive increased giving to area shelters and rescues. Now, 100% of the profits from all private sessions is donated to shelters and animal rescue organizations, helping pets get the care they need—and, ultimately, helping them find their forever homes.

Today, Michael’s passion for animals has only grown, and he’s welcomed four dogs and three cats into his Kingsport home. He is an avid animal rights activist who has fought for the ethical treatment of shelter animals and the integration of meaningful no-kill solutions in his local community, and he continues to take on significant pro-bono work on behalf of area shelters and rescues. 



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