Andrew Grant loves animals — so much so that he’s dedicated much of the past three years to them.
The Southern California-based photographer is the man behind “Rover,” a coffee table book that features up-close and detailed pictures of dogs from around the country.
Here’s how it works: A dog owner, from anywhere in the Western U.S., can contact Grant to set up a photo shoot with their animal, as long as there is more than one animal to photograph. Grant will then travel to your home city, find a location and take the photos. The shoots take up to two hours, he said, because each animal reacts differently.
The only catch is the price — $3,000. But all the money, except for the costs of the shoot, goes to charity.
“Every dollar helps,” Grant said. “Perhaps the most exciting part of this project for me is that Rover serves as a vehicle for rescues to attract new donors because it’s such a unique opportunity for pet lovers to immortalize their dog while helping rescues.”
Grant also will go through the film with you and gather your input on which shots to use, said Donna Skeen, one of the donors for the latest edition of “Rover,” due out this month.
Skeen’s 3-year-old red standard poodle, Rocco, is featured in the new book.
“He’s a natural,” Skeen said of Rocco. “He was such a ham.”
Skeen said she heard of “Rover” and Grant’s work after coming across the book in a shop in Beaver Creek, Colo., and decided to give Grant a call. The 67-year-old who lives in Russian Hill said all she needed to do was round up five other willing dog owners to persuade Grant to come to San Francisco. Skeen said she’s glad she did it.
“He’s a great photographer,” she said. “I was very, very pleased.”
In San Francisco, Pets Unlimited is the animal charity that benefits from Grant’s work. Since September, they have received more than $10,000.
“It’s amazing,” said Leah Prassinos, development and marketing manager for Pets Unlimited. “A lot of people love animals and they do give to us, but it’s in smaller amounts. It’s very rare for us to have a gift of this level.”
Pets Unlimited is a 24-hour veterinary clinic and shelter, as well as an adoption center for sick or unwanted dogs and cats. It’s located at 2343 Fillmore St.
Grant said the proceeds from the $80 book also benefit shelters in more rural areas.
Kelly Tillman, 40, another donor who lives in Burlingame, said though the amount is more than she normally gives to charity, it was a worthy cause.
“We believe in doing good,” said Tillman, whose 18-month-old Bernese mountain dog, Judah, is in the book. “When this opportunity came up, I thought, ‘How amazing.’”