Paw-Prints, Howls and Purrs!
Capturing PURRfect moments of purrecious fur angels is a magical part of my life. When each one allows me to look into their eyes, deep into their souls and allows me to share them through photos, it is uniquely special. Working with various animal welfare organizations provides me various environments to work with these animals. My primary focus is on cats, although I do work with dogs too. The cats for whom I advoCATe are either in rescue or rehoused in shelters. The cats are looking for homes, are in a purrever foster situation or are part of an end-of-life PAWspice program.
Why cats? Throughout my 20+ years in animal welfare, I saw the unique need to bring additional awareness about the beauty of our feline friends. Cats are uniquely special creatures who need strong advoCATes, to help further eduCATe and to help others see how special they are. I started Alaska’s KAAATs as one small way to help advoCATe. What I didn’t anticipate was the positive impact it would have in the cat community. As time went on, our page began to grow worldwide and was recognized for the exceptionally beautiful cats and uniquely written and individualized backgrounds for each purrecious cat. We moved forward to become a registered non-profit cat advocacy organization so we could continue our efforts to advoCATe for the cats of our Alaskan community, the people and our feline friends around the world.
I feel so blessed to have these opportunities to work with purrecious animals, as they give so much of their hearts. Earning their trust and rebuilding their faith in people is the main focus of our interactions. I am proud to be one of many who is their voice. I am also very grateful for the supportive folks who understand and share my passion. You are greatly appreciated!
PAWever Loved: Our Fur Friends Final Chapters
In honor of all the loving fur angels we have lost, I am adding to my photography business Paw-Prints Howls and Purrs! sessions for seniors and/or end of life sessions for pets who are getting ready to cross over the Rainbow Bridge.
Death can be such an uncomfortable topic for many people. I think it's important to see it, this last stage, and demystify it, make it less scary and sad while honoring the ones we love.
My hope is this will help many to heal and honor the ones they love dearly.
You can also visit my Instagram account, for our advoCATcy work!
All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Paw-Prints, Howls and Purrs©! They are protected by U.S. Copyright Laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of Paw-Prints, Howls and Purrs! Copyright 2013 Paw-Prints, Howls and Purrs! All Rights Reserved.
HarPURR and Cinder's Special Story
Cinder and HarPURR featured on The Dodo!
Alaska's KAAATs CAT-alog!
Alaska Kitty Advocacy Awareness Adoption and Tails!!
This page was created by Paw-Prints, Howls and Purrs! to advocate for the cats in our community. Alaska's KAAATs is not a shelter or a rescue, however my goal is to promote Advocacy, Awareness, Adoptions and Happy Kitty Tails for cats up here in Alaska. As the page continued to grow, I wanted to see if we could incorporate it into my other organization, Mojo's Hope, however the state would not allow that. Therefore we pursued becoming a registered non-profit organization. As of July 22, 2015, Alaska's KAAATs officially incorporated with the State of Alaska.
We filed our 501(c)(3) paperwork with the IRS so that we can officially gain non-profit status which we officially received on 8/12/15, dated back to 7/22/15. This page, now a recognized advocacy organization, helps share and get the cats of our community out there as much as possible in the most positive light. We provide beautiful photos that represent each cats' spirit and purrsonalities, in hopes of helping them find wonderful homes. We advoCATe for senior cats, cats who have repeatedly shown up at the shelter, long-timers or those with significant special needs, be it behavioral or medical. We advoCATe for humane alternatives for declawing and are willing to offer guidance and education in this area and other behavioral concerns. We hope you can see the love in their hearts through their eyes and antics. Photos on the page are taken by Paw-Prints, Howls and Purrs! unless otherwise noted. Many of the cats are available for adoption at Alaska Humane Society (Adopt-a-Cat), others are in foster with various rescue groups including ones I foster for. The photos are taken with lots of TLC, as each fur angel needs to be presented in the most beautiful way possible, representing each PURRecious spirit, PURRfectly.
As the founder of Alaska's KAAATs, I am always on the search to expand my knowledge and be able to provide behavior support for cats and their people. Therefore I pursued the rigorous program through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I am honored and humbled to share that as of December 17,2017, I have been accepted into the program and I am now an Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant-ACCBC. This certification provides me with the unique opportunity to continue my learning (always more to learn) and share my knowledge with the community. With this certification I plan to continue to be a local resource for various cat behaviors and support for the community. I have worked with a variety of behaviors over the past 20 years, however I specialize in shy, unsocialized and fearful cats. I also offer support for transitions into the home (after adoption from the local shelter or rescue group), support for adopters before and after adoption, lost cats and more. I have created user friendly brochures (more on the way) that are on our website for our local community along with educational videos.
Thank you for all of your visits, likes and shares of these beautiful cats!
My name is Shannon Basner ABC-DT and I am a graduate of The Animal Behavior College, where I earned my certification as an ABC Certified Trainer. The Animal Behavior College (ABC) is approved by the Bureau for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school. This program has provided me with a formal education in obedience training and an understanding of behavior and its motives, along with my invaluable years of working with animals in a variety of settings. I also completed the process to become an Associate Certified Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. My certification, education and experience over the past 20 years has provided me with the skills required to effectively and humanely work with your cat or dog, with providing me with the opportunity to continue to learn.
As a young child, I vividly remember my great love for all animals. My greatest dream, passion and ambition was to be able to work with animals, especially those who do not have a loving family yet. As a life-long animal lover, volunteering and working in animal welfare for over 20 years, I have been passionate about what can be done to help these animals, in the most positive and beautiful way. I have always enjoyed photography, however I did not realize the impact it would have on the lives of the animals I have met through different outreach visits, those that I interact with daily and those who are looking for homes. Working with homeless animals provided me with the opportunity to apply my skills to capture their beauty and promote adoptions. I strive to represent each animal in a very positive way, reflecting their true purrsonalities, a "force free" and "stress free:" method of photography so that their adopters can imagine them happy & healthy in their loving home. Each animal shows their true spirit, despite the circumstances they are in or coming from. Each precious fur angel shows how to persevere, how to overcome challenges and how to let things go. It is their resilient and beautiful nature that I strive to represent in each and every photo. They teach me so much day in and day out. I feel very fortunate to have these opportunities to help animals in need. I hope you can see the love in their hearts through their eyes and antics.
My goal is to maintain and strengthen the positive bond between you and your family member, to help unwanted and homeless animals connect with the most special of families and provide behavioral support may it be with training, behavior shaping, advocacy or capturing their beauty with PURRtography!
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