Vermont Veterans Home - Bennington, Vermont

 

This photo essay is dedicated to the men and women who serve our country.  Thank you for your dedicated service.

Help Save the Dogs and Cats of Cancun, Mexico - Candi International

 

 I am the official volunteer photographer and a board member of  CANDi International.    I travel to Mexico 3-4 times per year to  document CANDi’s spay/neuter clinics and the street dogs.   I find it difficult to put this experience into words in a way that would truly say how I feel.  This has been a life changing experience.   The dogs of Cancun touched my heart and taught me about: suffering, compassion, cruelty, love, hard work, and taking action for a cause.

I was also deeply moved by the volunteers and organizations involved in this clinic.  Their compassion and work ethic to save these animals is truly inspiring.

About CANDi International:

CANDi International is a non for profit organization.  CANDi believes the answer to reduce animal overpopulation is sterilization and education and promotes these solutions through the support of tourism industry corporations and pet loving travelers. “100% of all donations to CANDi go to the animals to end their suffering in this vacation paradise,” says Darci Galati, founder of CANDi. 

Our Mission: “To save the lives of stray cats and dogs in Mexico and the Caribbean through spay, neuter, adoption and educational programs, supported and funded by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers.”

Statistics:

One unsterilized female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years and one unsterilized female cat and her offspring can produce as many as 425,000 kittens in seven years.

As the average wage of workers in Cancun is approximately $300 a month, allocating funding to the needs of stray animals is out of the question. Free sterilization clinics organized by CANDi and its partners are the only resources available to locals to control the stray animal population in their community. And unlike the U.S. and Canada, there are no animal protection laws or national animal protection organizations like the SPCA to promote animal welfare so the estimated millions of stray cats and dogs in Mexico are left to die starving in the streets or killed by inhumane methods such as electrocution, poisoning, and drowning.

About the clinic itself(representative from CANDi International):

We hold a free spay/nueter clinic in the poor community of Bonfil.  There are thousands of streets dogs and no humane treatment to control their population.  Bonfil is about 10 minutes from the Cancun airport.  Hundreds of animals weresafely sterilized during these five days, saving thousands of unborn puppies and kittens from lives of starvation, disease, and inhumane treatment. Thanks to monetary CANDi and its humane partners to date have spayed and neutered over 10,000 dogs an cats on the last 7 years.    “CANDi clinic’s are the most trusted by the people of Cancun.”   The local community support and the support of the local rescue groups is incredible and we could not have done this without their help.  We are currently in the process of  raising $15,000 for this clinic.”

To donate to this great cause, please visit their website, any donation makes a difference: CANDi International

The Modern American Dairy Farmer, Part 2 of 7: Nelson Family Farm - Washington County

 

I will be documenting 7 dairy farms in New York this year; telling the story of the modern American dairy farmer.  I am wildly passionate about this project and love cows!

This is the Nelson family farm.  These super cute kids all work around the farm and help their families  I did not see one child with a iphone, ipad, or other type device.  How refreshing!

“In 2013 we are working to capture the essence, emotion and beauty of modern, American dairy farming.

Dairy farming possesses a culture and work ethic that is a distant memory for most.  It also entails a passion – for both animals and land -that is handed down from generation to generation.  But most importantly for this project, dairy farming is an industry that has evolved over the past 100 years and is often times past the comfort point of most consumers, yet it remains an important and critical business for thousands of families, for the economic viability of most Upstate New York rural communities, and for the millions of consumers who rely on and enjoy a fresh supply of wholesome milk.  

Dairy farming has changed as a business, but the passion, emotion, responsibility and commitment exuded by farmers has remained steadfast.”

– Jessica Ziehm for NY Animal Agriculture

Dog Mini Sessions to Benefit Candi International

 

Dog mini sessions for charity!!!

Bring your kids, bring your fiance, heck bring Grandma, but don’t forget your dog!

Pay it forward and have amazing photos with your doggie BFF! 

I will be taking photographs of local dogs to benefit the non-profit organization CANDi International on Sunday,  July 28th  from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m at The Saratoga State Park. Each mini-portrait session is 15 minutes and you  will receive 10 or more  hi-resolution images per sitting. The cost of each photo session is $150 payable directly to CANDi International at www.candiinternational.org.  I am donating 100% of the session fee for the entire day to CANDi to help save the lives of street dogs in Mexico. Receipts can be forwarded to Tracey at tracey@traceybuyce.com when booking your photo shoot.

This is a way for fortunate dogs to help their less fortunate counterparts in Mexico . My goal with this shoot is two-fold. Firstly, to raise funds for CANDi. Secondly, to bring awareness to the issue of the thousands of stray dogs in and around Cancun, with a potential gallery show in New York. This is one way your dog can help another dog in a different country.

There are only 32 sessions available for dog lovers and their pooches. Donations are tax- deductible by the extent allowed by law.

When: Sunday July 28, 2013 from 11-8pm (rain or shine)

Where: Saratoga State Park, the grounds across from the Hall of Springs

Cost: $150. donated directly to CANDi International (tax deductible too)

To book your mini session please send me an email and be sure to  include the following: name, email, phone, pets name and your receipt of payment to CANDi: tracey@traceybuyce.com

food for thought:

please arrive at least 15 minutes before your session

please exercise your dog before the session so he or she is pooped!

please feel free to bring your dogs favorite toy, ball, or clothes

clothing tip: lay your family’s clothing out  together on the bed and see if they blend well.  For example, you don’t want to wear red and your hubby in green, unless of course  you want to look like a bad Christmas card :-)

most importantly, be prepared to have fun!

 

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The Modern American Dairy Farmer, Part 1 of 7: Ziehm Family Farm - Buskirk, NY

 

I will be documenting 7 dairy farms in New York this year, telling the story of the modern American dairy farmer.  I am wildly passionate about this project and love cows!

This is the Ziehm family farmer.  I have wanted to photograph this farm for year. ever since I photographed Jessica and Stuart Ziehm’s wedding in ’09.  I love this family and Jess and I have become close friends!

“In 2013 we are working to capture the essence, emotion and beauty of modern, American dairy farming.

Dairy farming possesses a culture and work ethic that is a distant memory for most.  It also entails a passion – for both animals and land -that is handed down from generation to generation.  But most importantly for this project, dairy farming is an industry that has evolved over the past 100 years and is often times past the comfort point of most consumers, yet it remains an important and critical business for thousands of families, for the economic viability of most Upstate New York rural communities, and for the millions of consumers who rely on and enjoy a fresh supply of wholesome milk.  

 

Dairy farming has changed as a business, but the passion, emotion, responsibility and commitment exuded by farmers has remained steadfast.”

– Jessica Ziehm for NY Animal Agriculture

The Gurka Family: Love for Lexi

 

Lexi is sweet, funny, kind, and loves her dog Cash.  She also has cancer…..

Lexi Gurka, just 3 years old, was recently diagnosed with a rare type of Lymphoma. She has a long road ahead with chemotherapy treatments but with the help of her family, friends and community, Lexi will be
back to feeling great soon!

Please join us Sunday, May 5, 2013 at The Putnam Den for the Love for Lexi event!

 1:00 pm til 6:00 pm

Enjoy great music, food and festivities, including a silent auction
 $20 at the door

Featuring:
New York Players and more!
Don’t miss this event!
All proceeds will go to Lexi’s treatment and other related expenses.
Donations accepted, click here:  Love for Lexi
Questions? Email: terry.nawrot@gmail.com
Facebook link

4th Annual "Giving Back is Awesome" Portrait Giveaway!

I am a firm believer in paying it forward….

Everyone should have beautiful photos of their family.  Every family should have images that tell their story….

 

Please read on and nominate someone who truly deserves the gift of custom photography….You know someone. 

You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances.

You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish this gift. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience custom photography.

I want to give them a Portrait Collection valued at $2000., to be exact. This includes: a portrait session, a  collection wall art, courtesy of Simply Color Lab, that includes: a 16×20 canvas gallery wrap, a 16×20 metal print and a 16×20 wood print,  a selection of  prints  and a high resolution flash drive of images.  It’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a free portrait session! What better reason to show some love could there possibly be?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services.

* The nominee must reside in New York, within The Capital Region. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* Please e-mail me the full story : tracey@buyce.com

The deadline for submissions is June 17, 2013.

The winner will be announced on June 21st- get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone….– and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

Much love,

Tracey

Luna's Story: Candi International - Cancun, Mexico

 

A few weeks ago I was in Cancun, Mexico volunteering again with CANDi International.   My job as their official volunteer photographer is to document the spay/neuter clinic and the street dogs of Mexico. 

The very first morning of the 6 day clinic, I set out to document the literally hundreds, if not thousands of street dogs.  It is here, in a working class neighborhood that a very special dog was found, that I later named Luna.  Luna was in a someone’s backyard,  emaciated, neglected. and clearly in desperate need of help.  She tugged at my heart and I knew, we CANDi International, had to rescue her.  I was with two local male volunteers who asked the owner to relinquish the dog, she said no to both of them.  I then pleaded with her to let me take Luna and get her the help before she died of her conditions.  For whatever reason, the owneragreed to give me the dog.  Back at the clinic, a volunteer vet diagnosed Luna with starvation and a treatable cancer.  Luna is undergoing treatment and chemotherapy in Mexico with local humane partners, Arutro Leon DVM, Isla Animals, and Hector Navarro.  Luna is responding well to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

Follow Luna’s story of Facebook

Please donate, do it for Luna and the thousands of dogs like her that need our help: Luna’s Story

I knew I wanted Luna to have a great home in Saratoga Springs, NY.  I put up a post on Facebook and within 15 minutes, Jenny, from Mamatoga, wanted to give Luna the loving home she deserved!

 Luna arrives in Saratoga Springs, NY, March 12-18th.  Her homecoming is Monday, March 18, 2013.  What a happy day it will be for Luna and Jenny’s family!

Luna truly touched my heart and taught me about: compassion, cruelty, love, hard work, and taking action for a cause.

About CANDi International:

CANDi International is a non for profit organization.  CANDi believes the answer to reduce animal overpopulation is sterilization and education and promotes these solutions through the support of tourism industry corporations and pet loving travelers. “100% of all donations to CANDi go to the animals to end their suffering in this vacation paradise,” says Darci Galati, founder of CANDi. 

Our Mission: “To save the lives of stray cats and dogs in Mexico and the Caribbean through spay, neuter, adoption and educational programs, supported and funded by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers.”

Statistics:

One unsterilized female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years and one unsterilized female cat and her offspring can produce as many as 425,000 kittens in seven years.

As the average wage of workers in Cancun is approximately $300 a month, allocating funding to the needs of stray animals is out of the question. Free sterilization clinics organized by CANDi and its partners are the only resources available to locals to control the stray animal population in their community. And unlike the U.S. and Canada, there are no animal protection laws or national animal protection organizations like the SPCA to promote animal welfare so the estimated millions of stray cats and dogs in Mexico are left to die starving in the streets or killed by inhumane methods such as electrocution, poisoning, and drowning.

To donate to this great cause, please visit CANDi International’swebsite, any size donation makes a difference: CANDi International

Thank you for caring!

much love,

t.

Help Save the Dogs of Cancun, Mexico Part 3: A Local Rescue Sanctuary

 

I visited Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals) during my time in Mexico.   I am so grateful to have had the opportunityto document this dog sanctuary.  Ricardo, who runs Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals), is an amazing, compassionate, hard working person.  I was very moved by this sanctuary for these forgotten dogs.  It was very surreal to walk into the open area filled with 60 dogs ready for adoption.  I have never been so happily greeted by so many dogs, all tails a wag and muchos kisses, wow!

It’s super easy to adopt a dog from Mexico! There is no quarantine with customs.

I am sending you a big hug Ricardo!!!

About Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals):

“Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals)  sanctuary was founded in March 2011 as a refuge for Cancun’s forgotten and abandoned street dogs, known locally as ‘perros callejeros’. Animals rescued by Tierra de Animales from the streets now have a safe place to call home, and a place to heal from the unfortunate circumstances that left them alone and abandoned. The mission of Tierra de Animales is clear: to rescue, rehabilitate, sterilize, socialize and adopt.  Dogs who once had virtually no chance of survival , those that have been injured, abused and those simply abandoned or born on the streets, now have a second chance for a better life. Tierra de Animales rescues dogs from Cancun, surrounding small villages, and regularly rescues dogs who are on ‘death row’ from the pound in nearby Playa del Carmen.  Many dogs that no one else would help are rescued and rehabilitated by Tierra de Animales. At TDA, they receive food, medicine, love and the chance to bond and play with other dogs who all share a history of neglect and abandonment. The sanctuary was founded and is operated by Ricardo Pimentel, who lives on the sanctuary property and cares for all of the dogs personally.

Contact Lisa Edwards, who works with Pimentel, for all adoption and general information inquiries at:helpmexicandogs@hotmail.com,

For donations via Paypal: donate@helpmexicandogs.org

Their website is currently undergoing renovation, but visit them soon at www.tierradeanimales.org orwww.helpmexicandogs.com.

Thank you for all your support with this blog series.  It was a life changing experience and incrediblyrewarding.  It feels good to be a part of a cause that is making a difference.

I will be returning to Mexico in April for the next sterilization clinic with CANDi International.

Help Save The Dogs of Cancun, Mexico: Part 2, The Street Dogs

 

Photographing the street dogswas the hardest part of this experience; it had a profound effect on me.  It was incredibly heartbreaking and devastating to see these dogs suffering so severely on the streets.  There is little to no regard for these animals.   The level of cruelty it nothing like we see here, it’s much, much worse.  “The truth is that local governments usually have limited funds to contribute to a humane solution.  Instead, their response is often to round up stray animals and destroy them by electrocution, drowning, or worse. This inhumane “fix” not only fails to solve the underlying problem, but also results in negative publicity and lingering stigma” ( CANDi International ).

There are a limited amount of rescue groups and volunteers who work to save these dogs.  These rescue groups need our help to save these dogs.

I cried more tears than you can imagine after photographing these animals.  But tears and feeling sorry for the dogs does not create change, action does.    I took action to help save these dogs.  Now I am asking you to take action andmake a donation to help these street dogs.  Your donations give these dogs an opportunity to get off the streets, sterilized, and into loving homes.

Where is your donation money used?

CANDi International is a are a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is run by 100% volunteers.  All donations go towards our mission of saving lives by supporting our spay/neuter and adoption programs.  All our promotional material, design and technical support of our website is donated through dedicated people and companies who support our work.”

To make your donation today,  please visit CANDi International .

I thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

much love,

t.

It is my hope, that by telling the street dogs story through imagery, it will help save them.

Help Save the Dogs of Cancun, Mexico: Part 1, The Clinic

 

A few weeks ago I volunteered to document a dog sterilization clinic in Cancun, Mexico, with CANDi International.  I also documented the street dogs of Mexico and a local rescue group facility.  I find it difficult to put this experience into words in a way that would truly say how I feel.  This was a life changing experience.   The dogs of Cancun touched my heart and taught me about: compassion, cruelty, love, hard work, and taking action for a cause.

I was also deeply moved by the volunteers and organizations involved in this clinic.  Their compassion and work ethic to save these animals is truly inspiring.

This will be a3 part blog series:

Part 1: the clinic

Part 2: the street dogs

Part 3: a local rescue group facility

I find it difficult to put this experience into words in a way that would truly say how I feel.  This was a life changing experience.   I was deeply moved by the volunteers and organizations involved in this clinic.  Their compassion and work ethic to save these animals is truly inspiring.

About CANDi International:

 

CANDi International is a non for profit organization.  CANDi believes the answer to reduce animal overpopulation is sterilization and education and promotes these solutions through the support of tourism industry corporations and pet loving travelers. “100% of all donations to CANDi go to the animals to end their suffering in this vacation paradise,” says Darci Galati, founder of CANDi. 

Our Mission: “To save the lives of stray cats and dogs in Mexico and the Caribbean through spay, neuter, adoption and educational programs, supported and funded by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers.”

Statistics:

One unsterilized female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years and one unsterilized female cat and her offspring can produce as many as 425,000 kittens in seven years.

As the average wage of workers in Cancun is approximately $300 a month, allocating funding to the needs of stray animals is out of the question. Free sterilization clinics organized by CANDi and its partners are the only resources available to locals to control the stray animal population in their community. And unlike the U.S. and Canada, there are no animal protection laws or national animal protection organizations like the SPCA to promote animal welfare so the estimated millions of stray cats and dogs in Mexico are left to die starving in the streets or killed by inhumane methods such as electrocution, poisoning, and drowning.

About the clinic itself(representative from CANDi International):

“From January 20th through the 24th we held a free sterilization clinic in the poor community of Bonfil.  There are thousands of streets dogs and no humane treatment to control their population.  Bonfil is about 10 minutes from the Cancun airport.  Hundreds of animals weresafely sterilized during these five days, saving thousands of unborn puppies and kittens from lives of starvation, disease, and inhumane treatment.Thanks to corporate support, in 5 days, CANDi and its humane partners sterilized 852 animals.  40 puppies were rescued from the streets and now are in a safe shelter until they are healthy enough to be adopted.  A cocker spanielwas also rescued that had been machetted across the head by its drunk owner.  The surgery took over 3 hours and the dog is now safe at Isla Animals until she is healthy enough to be adopted.  The clinic was covered by television, newspaper and magazines.  The magazine who interviewed CANDi said,  “CANDi clinic’s are the most trusted by the people of Cancun.”   The local community support and the support of the local rescue groups is incredible and we could not have done this without their help. We did an average of 10 street dogs a day through the support of the local animal groups.   Another clinic is planned in Bonfil the end of April.  The needis so great and we are hoping it will be our biggest campaign of 2000 animals.  We are currently in the process of trying to find a corporate supporter to raise $15,000 for this clinic.”

To donate to this great cause, please visit their website, any donation makes a difference: CANDi International

A special thanks to the veterinarians of VIDAS!

Giving Back... And The Winner Is...

Hi All,
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time out of their busy lives to nominate someone special in their lives. I received many entries, all beautiful, amazing stories. 
The family to receive the portrait session is Becky and her beautiful daughter Kaitlin Bowman. Becky and I talked on the phone last night and she told me all about her little girl. 4 year old Kaitlin is a happy, adventurous, inquisitive child who loves life. I am truly honored to photograph Becky and Kaitlin. It’s difficult to put into words the empathy I feel for this family. So with Becky’s permission, read their story through the nomination letter her Aunt Debra wrote….

I opened the Saratogian this morning, saw your piece “Local Photographer to Donate Services,” and for a moment the dark cloud passed and I felt there was something uplifting that I could do for my niece and her daughter.

My niece, Rebecca Bowman, 24, is the mother of Kaitlin Marie, an absolutely adorable, sweet, soon to be 4-year-old little girl whose world took a terrible turn on April 24 with a diagnosis of late infantile neural ceroid lipofushinosis:

It brings tear to my eyes to say the words, but how wonderful it would be to capture her spirit and beauty before the disease begins to take its toll. What a treasure it would be for everyone in the family but especially for her mom who I am proud to say already is trying to push through the devastation and search for any possible treatment, etc.

Becky and Kaitlin’s father are divorced and he resides in San Diego, California so she truly is a single mother who already had her hands full supporting the two of them, etc. She literally labors at a distribution warehouse and the phrase “extra money” isn’t a part of her vocabulary but she will find the money for whatever Kaitlin’s coming needs will be (most immediately a visit to a specialist out of state). Photography would never make the list of financial priorities concerning Kaitlin but, again, how wonderful it would be !

I visited our web site and thought your shots to be stunning which made me all the more excited about this possibility. I am a huge fan of photography — its value in capturing loved ones, etc.

Kaitlin is a happy little girl who is full of life and will win your heart. If you were to select her to be your subject, the photos would be precious in more ways than one.

Thank you so much for your generosity and for considering us. If I can provide any further information, please just let me know.

Late Infantile NCL (Jansky-Bielschowsky disease, LINCL, CLN2) begins between ages 2 and 4. The typical early signs are loss of muscle coordination (ataxia) and seizures along with progressive mental deterioration, though afflicted children may show mild-severe delays in speech development well before other symptoms appear. This form progresses rapidly and ends in death between ages 8 and 12.

Debra Park”

Becky is not giving up. They fly to Orange County California in a few short weeks to meet with a specialist. Hope is what Becky and her family live for, hope and belief that the medical community will find a cure for this devastating disease.