Alexandra Gallo

Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner

OC Community Resources
OC Animal Care

Alex GalloACTION: What does the volunteer do?

Over the past two and a half years, Alexandra (Alex) Gallo has volunteered with OC Animal Care (OCAC), contributing more than 832 hours of service on behalf of shelter animals in need of forever homes with loving individuals and families. She has volunteered to socialize and exercise dogs housed at the shelter so that they receive the attention and mental stimulation that’s vital to becoming healthy, happy and more adoptable pets. In the past two years, Alex has expanded her volunteer duties to include photographing adoptable animals and posting their images to the OCAC website. The photos help find homes for animals that are ready for adoption and also assist in promoting adoption of special needs animals via social media.

Alex has been fully trained and is authorized to photograph animals in restricted areas of the shelter. Her safety record is impeccable, and her success rate in featuring animals on the OCAC website is amazing. Overall, Alex has photographed 3,221 dogs. Approximately, 840 of Alex’s photos have been featured on the OCAC’s website (, which resulted in many of the animals finding forever homes in safe and secure environments with caring pet owners. Her images can also be viewed on OCAC’s special feature webpages such as the shelter’s Pet of the Week and Furry Friday Adoption that further enhance pet adoption. Between September 2014 and August 2015, more than 2,120 of Alex’s photos were posted online providing access to individuals and organizations wishing to support OCAC’s community outreach by sharing the images on Facebook and other social media platforms.

NEED: What community need does the volunteer address?

Alex provides a unique service by photographing shelter dogs that are ready for adoption so that they are pictured in a positive and stress-free setting. She dedicates countless hours to ensure that each animal’s image highlights special qualities and characteristics that will ultimately help lead to a permanent home. Shelter staff posts photos when animals enter the shelter, but Alex’s expertise extends beyond those images by focusing on each animal’s distinct personality.

IMPACT: What is different as a result of the volunteer's service?

Alex’s photography has assisted OCAC in producing beautiful, vibrant fliers that showcase featured pets and providing updated, cleaner images for shelter staff to send to a variety of rescue groups.  She often bridges the gap between rescue groups and the shelter by supplying the organizations with extra photos of special needs dogs, which enhances their efforts in featuring the dogs on social media websites.

INSPIRATION: What makes the volunteer unique/special?

Alex is devoted to her work with OCAC. Her photos of shelter pets that are ready and waiting for adoption capture each animal’s individual personality. She has a calm and quiet demeanor that even the most fearful dogs seem comforted by. Alex is one of OCAC’s most dedicated volunteers, especially in her commitment of time, talent and energy to photographing adoptable and special needs animals in search of forever homes with caring individuals and families.

Thank you and congratulations to Alexandra Gallo, 2016 Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner!

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