Photographer Sophie Gamand used to be "a little apprehensive" around pit bulls, but now that she's spent 5 years photographing adoptable pitties, she knows the truth.
"I always tell people: if you really want to make up your own opinion about them, don't just sit at home and read articles: Go to your local shelter and volunteer, be in contact with these dogs regularly, discover for yourself!" she told The Dodo.
Gamand, a native of France living in New York City, has been visiting pit bulls in shelters, dressing them in delicate flower crowns to highlight their sweet sides - in hopes of convincing potential adopters to help save their lives. The result is the Pit Bull Flower Power project, and a new batch of gorgeous portraits is out just in time for spring.
"America euthanizes upward of 1 million pit bulls every year," Gamand said. "This is a quiet massacre that is happening every day in our country. Isn't it about time we address it?"
So far, Gamand has helped dozens of pit bulls find homes with her glamorous portraits. She told The Dodo about a few of her favorite models.
Here's Akoni, whom Gamand photographed twice, once as a puppy and again when she was bigger - and in search of a home once again. "She had been adopted and returned by her adopter. Now she is finally in a forever home!"