Founder and President
The Puppy Mill Project
Cari is a businesswoman, animal advocate, grandmother, pet mommy and vegan, although not necessarily in that order.
In 2009, an article on the Internet about puppy mills caught Cari’s eye. She dug deeper and could not believe that commercial breeding of dogs in horrific living conditions is not only legal but widespread in the United States. She also realized that no one was doing anything about it. So with the help of a few friends, Cari founded The Puppy Mill Project and they have been relentlessly pursuing the end of puppy mill cruelty ever since.
Cari lives with her three rescued dogs, including former mill mamma Millie, in Lincoln Park.
Whatever the method, animals (and humans) are put at ease in her presence. She instantly understands each pet’s personality and needs. Morgan uses patience like Pixie Dust, sprinkling it over her subjects and watching them unfold.
Her commercial work includes high-profile clients like MilkBones, Greenies, Purina, Pfizer, Petsmart, Blue Buffalo, Hartz and Allstate. In December 2012, her book collaboration “I’m a Good Dog” with Ken Foster was voted as Vanity Fair’s top five Christmas Gift ideas. Chicago Blackhawks left winger, Bryan Bickell and his wife Amanda teamed up with Morgan to photograph “Bick’s Pits 2014,” a calendar starring Blackhawk players with rescued pitbulls that are up for adoption in the Chicagoland area.
Morgan has two beautiful pitbulls Lenny and Ruby, one charismatic parrot Skittles, two funny guinea pigs Harry Freddy and Slick Fred and recently rescued bunny named JoJo.
Project Manager and Shoot Coordinator
The Chicago Pet Project
Animals have always fascinated Kim, whether a pet chameleon or giant Grizzly bear (she walked right up to Gentle Ben at age three!). She also has an avid interest in photography so working on this book brought many of her loves together in one neat package.
A master organizer and lover of process, Kim was the pragmatist on this project and just got stuff done.
Past careers include jobs as varied as corporate pilot, webmaster, account executive and pizza cooker. When she’s not walking dogs (her own or a nearby shelter’s), she’s probably cooking, sailing or learning more about photography. Kim lives with her husband Tom and her nutty rescue dogs Lily Belle and Gus.