"I don't want to see sad dogs in sad cages with sad music playing in the background," Humphrey told The Huffington Post. "Shelter dogs aren't second-rate animals, so why depict them in that way?"
The 30-year-old photographer has been on the move for the past year, shooting people with the pets they've saved. He's compiled one rescue story from all 50 states in a series he calls, "Why We Rescue." Humphrey, along with Purina One, randomly picked people who'd heard about the project via social media. His trip took 10 months, and you can visit his website to see the entire photo set.