GREEN VALLEY, Ariz.- He's known as the pet photographer in Green Valley, saving hundreds of abandoned cats one snap at a time.
Behind the lens and the lights, if a cat could smile, Photographer John Praytor would be the one to crack it. "They can be very expressive, so that's what you have to look for," Praytor says.
He's a pet photographer for a non-profit organization called Paws Patrol. "They're a trap, neuter, return rescue group, but we also have cats that are tame and up for adoption," Praytor says.
And that's where Praytor comes in.
Every week he spends about 10 to 15 hours voluntarily taking pictures of cats, then placing their photos in online publications like petfinder.com. He always has one goal in mind: "To get people to look at the picture and go awww and then read the text that goes along with it," Praytor says.
News 4 Tucson caught up with Praytor as he was taking a picture of a cat named Tommy Taco. He was recently found outside a Taco Bell. "Sometimes you can spend an hour trying to get a good picture of a very active cat," Praytor says.
But he'll do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot. From whistling, to waving squeezable toys in front of the cat, sometimes Praytor's tactics work, other times they don't. But at the end of the day, his patience pays off.
Praytor says since Paws Patrol was formed six years ago, he has photographed about 400 cats.
Tommy Taco is one cat currently up for adoption. Praytor just hopes the image he captures will find Tommy a home. "You just take a lot of pictures, that's the beauty of digital," Praytor says.
Paws Patrol is in desperate need of volunteers. To learn how you can help, or adopt a cat, head to www.greenvalleypawspatrol.org/
You can also call 520.207.4024
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