Pat Gregoire volunteers at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter, a high-intake facility in Los Angeles, where she photographs adoptable dogs to share on social media. A few years back, she decided to show up before the shelter opened to the public. It was during those early hours when she captured something that happens every day, but which most people will never witness.
"I had just stopped by the kennel of this dog, who was always very calm, when I saw a worker come to get her. After he took her out, I asked him, 'Where are you going?' He just looked at me and said, 'I'm taking her to the back.' It just hit me, like 'Oh, my God.' I knew what that meant," Gregoire told The Dodo. "This is something the public doesn't get to see."
The dog didn't fight as she was led down the hall to be euthanized, but rather walked slowly - almost knowingly - by the worker's side. That's what struck Gregoire most.
"I don't know why I snapped the picture. I guess it was because that dog mattered, at least to me," she said.
Though that animal's life was taken away, her name and story lost to time, the incident moved Gregoire to try to ensure others' were not so easily forgotten.