There is something in the eyes of the animals featured in Shelter Dogs that draws the reader in and won't let go. Despite their ignoble surroundings (all the dogs were photographed while housed in shelters) the poodles, puppies, pit bulls and mutts on these pages project an uncanny air of dignity, usually peering directly into the camera of photographer Traer Scott with a calm, questioning gaze. After working at shelters herself, Scott began creating portraits of the resident dogs, some of whom never made it out alive. She includes more than 50 pictures in this collection, and none fails to tug at the heart. Perhaps Scott's beautiful book will inspire more animal lovers to head to their local shelter this holiday season and save some of these noble creatures from the fate that awaits them.