VIRGINIA BEACH-- A local photographer is using his camera to help animal rescue groups.

The stage was set with a St. Patrick's Day theme. Photographer Tom Feist worked his magic for pet owners.

'My dog's name is Lulu, and I love the portraits!' Kimberly Giribaldi said.

In the back room at this Care-A-Lot, Tom set up shop. He rotates locations and portions of his earnings to donate to different animal rescue groups. On this day, it was all about the Old Dominion Boston Terrier Rescue.

'The rescues are full of great people, and they need only two things. They need people, and they need money. I just figured out that I could do a lot for them in terms of the money, by doing photography,' Feist remarked.

Kelly Story had her blue and gold macaw who posed with a golden nugget in her mouth. 'She has a cage but she comes out in the living room a lot. She eats pellets and seed, and then whatever I eat. She'll come and take whatever I have on my plate.'

Ally Ramsey runs a pug rescue group, and she showed up with her pugs. She even showed us a pug pajamas portrait she had done. Her group was the beneficiary of this project on Valentine's Day. 'We raised about $250 for our rescue, which can pay for shots, spay, or dental. It means a lot to us, and we appreciate this opportunity.'

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