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Photographer Captured Rescue Animals “Allowed To Grow Old:”

Isa Leshko is an American photographer best known for her photographs of elderly animals. She started photographing rescued farm animals to face her fear of aging.  She worked on the project for nearly a decade then Leshko has released a beautiful book Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries. The photographer uses her pictures as a way to speak on behalf of these and other abused animals.

“In order for an image to appear in my book it couldn’t be simply a beautiful picture of a cow or a pig; it had to be a portrait of Bessie or Teresa,” she said. “I selected images that revealed something unique about that animal or conveyed emotion. I wanted to viewers of these images to recognize that these animals are sentient beings who think and feel and who want to grow old in comfort, just like we do.”

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1. Pumpkin, Morgan Arabian Horse, Age 28

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2. Kiri, Great Plains Wolf, Age 17

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3. Violet, Potbellied Pig, Age 12

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4. Embden Goose, Age 28

5. Buddy, Appaloosa Horse, Age 28

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6. Bumper, Mixed Breed Dog, Age 17

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7. Babs, Donkey, Age 24

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8. Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19

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9. Melvin, Angora Goat, Age 11+

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10. Mariclare, Draft Crossbreed, Age 27

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11. Phyllis, Southdown Sheep, Age 13

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12. Bobby, White Domestic Duck, Age 11

13. Ash, Domestic White Turkey, Age 8

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14. Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13

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15. Marino, Bronze Turkey, Age 5

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