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Lauren Smith Kennedy lost a pet and realized how important it is to remember them.

There are two types of people in the world: animal lovers and everyone else. Lauren, from South Portland, is definitely an animal lover. She works at the Saco River Wildlife Center to help with wildlife rehabilitation. Because of his job, he is often asked a lot of questions about animals. A friend recently asked Lauren if she knew where someone could buy an urn for a dog that needed to be put down due to terminal cancer.

When she heard this, she offered to take some pictures of the dog before he passed. She has been a photographer since 2011. They accepted her and Lauren made a short video for her Tik Tok account. The answer left her speechless and with a new mission in life.

Since introducing Winston to the world, the response has been overwhelming. She receives hundreds of messages and people offer to fly her all over the country. She is speechless. She offers her services for free and she only offers this type of photography. the Tilly Project was born.

I asked Lauren why she was doing this. She lost her cat Tilly about four years ago in a freak accident and it broke her heart. Tilly was her world and her light and she is grateful for every photo she has. Lauren, like many of us, believes animals are the greatest and should be celebrated at every stage of their lives. The photography she does not only honors a life and lets its legacy last forever, but it also helps some families begin the grieving process.

It was the TikTok video of a chocolate lab named Maya that caught the attention of Newsweek. They did a great story about Lauren and the people she helped. But you can thank Maya for the more than 600,000 views of this touching video.

I don’t know Lauren’s availability or schedule, but I do know that she has a huge heart and tries to help as many people as possible. Please reach Lauren here.

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