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Photographer Billie Shaker took on this portrait series, visiting rescued animals and the people who gave them homes. This series is a heartening look into the important and beautiful impact pets have on humans, and humans on pets. Click through the slideshow to go on her journey.

Aurora with Hawk

Aurora with hawk animal rescues

I adopted Hawk from a shelter in Chicago about nine years ago. They didn’t know much about him, but said he was approximately two-years-old and may have come from another family who turned him in once he got too big. It seemed like a bit of a risk to adopt a dog without having a history of his behavior or background, but it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve made. Hawksville is my best friend. We’ve travelled all over the country and have gone on numerous adventures together. I couldn’t ask for a better pup.

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