This issue's featured photo

sea turtle underwater from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Sage Swanson

This picture is very special because it represents a lot of firsts for me. This was the first time I had ever been to Australia, and this photo shows the moment I fell in love with the Great Barrier Reef. It was my first underwater photo, and it’s still one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. It also was the first time I was able to get so close to a sea turtle. 

I snorkeled alongside the turtle for a while, and she never got startled or swam away. The turtle just glided next to me, and it was one of the most calming experiences I’ve ever had. It felt like all my worry left my body, and it was just me and the turtle.

—Sage Swanson, Wash. / Featured in the Fall 2020 issue

NOTE: When snorkeling in the United States, the National Marine Fisheries Service requires that you remain at least 50 yards from sea turtles.

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cats licking each other in a pet bed
Rachael Rodgers

Previously featured photos

Cat sitting on chair
I adopted Ballina from the SPCA about four years ago, and she has brought me so much joy and companionship. Ballina is sweet to everybody and loves getting scratches, looking out the window at birds and—of course—sleeping. I love this photo because it captures what I feel she was thinking at that moment: “Why is this human following me around with a big round thing in my face, and what is it?!”
Rose Walker, Calif.
Featured in the March/April/May 2020 issue
Male and female burrowing owls standing on the rocky ground
I took this photo six years ago when these birds were more common, and it reminds me how connected we are to the animal world. Now, due to encroachment on their natural habitat and the California drought, burrowing owls are considered a bird of concern. These delightful birds will soon be gone if humans don’t take seriously the threat we’ve created against their natural environment.
Laura Hughes, Calif.
Featured in the November/December 2019 issue
Black dog standing on pumpkins
Milo was 1 when we adopted him in 2017. When he wants attention, he dances a jig with his hind legs. He loves stealing socks to hide under the bed—he sorts them from the laundry basket. He is so funny and cute, and we think he knows it. Milo binds our family together. Each of us needs unadulterated support and love without any judgment, and that is exactly what Milo gives us!
Geeta Shreedar, Calif.
Featured in the September/October 2019 issue
pig in grass at SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary
I met Wally when he was 9 months old—just a baby. In early 2017, he was on a truck headed to a slaughterhouse in South Dakota when he changed his fate. According to a witness, Wally lifted the back gate of the truck with his snout and poked his head out before jumping to freedom. Soon after his escape, Wally came to his forever home at SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary.
Text by Crystal Rose Balsimo, Wis.; photo by Brooke Reynolds
Featured in the September/October 2018 issue

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All Animals Fall 2020 magazine cover showing Adam Parascandola and dog