SHANNON JOHNSTONELandfill Park was an active landfill for 14 years, from 1996 to 2008. During this time, Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) brought its euthanized animals there to be dumped.

Now, there are an estimated 25,666 dogs buried there.

In the hopes of attracting potential pet owners, Johnstone snaps cheery portraits of the WCAC dogs who have the least time left  and are at the most at risk of being euthanized. She calls them “Landfill Dogs.”

And in Johnstone’s photos, the grassy hill, built on trash, serves as a chilling reminder of just how many unwanted shelter dogs have met a sad and avoidable fate over the years.

SHANNON JOHNSTONEBut it doesn’t have to be that way. Of the 153 dogs Johnstone has photographed, 132 have been adopted to loving homes and there are plenty more pups that need homes. To check out adoptable pets in your area, visit

To learn more about the Landfill Dogs project, please visit its website or the Landfill Dogs Facebook page.

Photographer and chalk activist James DeAlto, who created the chalk art above, is the founder of the Vegan Chalk Challenge — an ongoing initiative that encourages participants to leave positive messages in public spaces.


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