Local photographer is making tails wag for a cause with future coffee book, Tails of Loudoun County


10 years ago, Ellen Zangla turned her love for animals into a full-time job and became a pet photographer.

“I’m the one at the party sitting down on the floor, petting the cats, or playing with the dogs…kind of always,” said Zangla.

Zangla has frequently photographed dogs and cats for themed fundraisers with local pet businesses and the Leesburg Veterinary Hospital. She says she raised $5,000 in five hours for the Loudoun County Animal Shelter.

Last fall, an Australian photographer’s fundraiser inspired Zangla to beat her record, and raise $25,000 for Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services and the Loudoun Community Cat Coalition.

Zangla is photographing locals’ pets — from dogs and cats to two geckos and a parrot — to compile a coffee table book. $100 of her $375 sessions will go to Friends and the LCCC. Each book will sell for $125.

Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services raises money to fund services that tax money won’t cover. While a broken leg is covered, a tumor or tooth removal are not. The Loudoun County Cat Coalition raises money to spay and neuter cats to control the population and minimize cats in shelters. 

It’s a tough job, but Zangla says photographing animals has gotten easier with time. “I have the best job in the world,” said Zangla. “I can photograph animals in a way that people will have those photos that they will treasure for the rest of their lives.” 

Zangla says her sessions are filling up quickly. She hopes to finish the book by the end of June. If interested in a session, contact Ellen at ellen@ellenzanglaphotography.com or by phone, 703-727-3368.

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