AN artist and photographer is helping an animal charity find homes for its overlooked rescue dogs.

Charlotte Wellings has teamed up with the Wild at Heart Foundation to create a series of dog portraits, shining a light of some of the charity's four-legged friends.

The Wild at Heart Foundation works with a number of shelters around the world to find rescue dogs a forever home in the UK.

Charlotte, who went to the former Rudheath High School, has created 18 portraits of dogs from partner shelters in countries including Bulgaria, Greece and South Korea.

It is hoped that they will encourage people to open their minds and hearts to the dogs who need them the most and help them secure a loving forever home.

Charlotte's photography career started in Northwich, inspired by going to gigs in the town, before she started pet portrait business Lark and Bark.

She said: "I started Lark and Bark during lockdown when I could no longer do my music photography, as all gigs and events had been cancelled.

"I had no source of income at the time and realised I could work from home creating pet portraits for people all over the world.

"All they needed to do was send a photograph of their pet and I could turn it into a work of art.

"I am a huge supporter of animal rescues and have a particular fondness for the Wild at Heart Foundation because they fund, manage and support a wide number of international rescue and adoption initiatives.

"So I contacted them which led to this very exciting collaboration.

"I hate to see older dogs overlooked and hope this project helps to find them new forever homes."

The project has helped dogs like Gia, a blood donor dog, who arrived at Wild at Heart's Lebanese partner clinic pregnant, with clear signs of mistreatment.

This brave dog has since helped to rescue many other dogs in need as a blood donor, but it is now time for her to hang up her cape and find a forever home in the UK.

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