Stock Pet Photos

High-quality photos at low-budget prices

High-quality hero stock dog & cat photos

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Premium Stock Dog & Cat Photos

High on quality and budget friendly

If you value you brand’s success, you will value the imagery you use enough to invest in it, since success and high-quality imagery are directly connected.

But scrolling through millions of dog and cat photos on stock websites is exhausting. Trying to find a handful of really great stock photos for your pet business (that look like they belong together) feels like an impossible task.

We get it.

Take the exhaust out of the process, and get premium, unique, cohesive, high-quality dog and cat stock photos at a price your company can afford. We promise to make it easy and fun.

We provide premium stock dog and cat photos to pet food and treat companies, pet health, supplement and veterinary companies, pet service companies, dog and cat safety companies, animal welfare companies, pet stores and more.

Our premium stock pet photos can be used for your digital advertising, print advertising, marketing, website hero sections, print collateral, email newsletters, paid social media and other high-value uses.

Our stock photos will produce higher engagement, greater CTRs and more sales.

Scroll down to see examples of our stock pet photos, and keep scrolling to read about our simple and easy process.

Our Stock Photo Clients Include

Brands we have been lucky to supply imagery to

Petco // Purina // Covetrus // Freshpet // Nutro Ultra // Pinnacle Pet Food // Applaws // TailSpring // Bark Magazine // Brilliance Publishing // Hearst Magazines // Modern Dog Magazine // Workman Publishing // Southern Living Magazine //

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Stock Pet Photos Portfolio

Stock Photos That Stop the Scroll

This is a very small selection from the thousands of stock pet photos in our archives, but it gives you an idea of the kinds of dog and cat photos you can expect from us. Fun, engaging, organic, authentic, colorful, awesome.

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Stock Pet Photo Pricing

High on quality and budget friendly

Make an investment in premium stock dog and cat photos that more than pays for itself, and continues to pay off for the life of your brand.

High-quality stock pet photos are designed to make your company more money. Sure you can license the same cheap microstock as every other pet company, but isn’t your brand worth more than that to you?

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Standard royalty-free license pricing

These are our 4-star dog and cat photos that we commonly refer to as b-roll. They are everyday-use images. Mostly used on social media and interior web pages. 

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Premium royalty-free license pricing

Our premium dog and cat photos are the most unique, highest quality and most difficult photos to reproduce. These are commonly known as ‘hero’ photos.

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Exclusive-use license pricing

These are pet images you license for your brand’s exclusive use, for a set time period. These ensure no other brand will use the same content during the licensing period.

What is a royalty-free license?

Generally-speaking, it means you can use the photos for whatever you need within the ‘type of use’ stated in the tables below, with the exception of re-selling or printing them on mass-merchandise, which comes with a higher fee.

A ‘license’ means you aren’t ‘buying’ the photos and own them outright; you are licensing the right to use the photos in a certain way.

Cowbelly Media remains the copyright holder, but you get to bask in the glory of higher CTRs, sales, and engagement through their use in your advertising and marketing strategies.

Please contact us for detailed pricing.

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Stock Pet Photos Process

The quick & easy way to get stock pet photos

Contact Us

Reach out to us by completing the simple form at the bottom of this page, and let us know what your specific needs are. 

Tell us what types of stock pet photos you need, and how you’ll be using them. Please provide details like behaviors, environment, colors, mood, feel and anything else you can tell us. 

Our search begins

We’ll search through our archives of thousands of premium stock dog and cat images to hand-select the perfect photos for your pet business, and create a private curated gallery for you to select your favorites from.

Gallery Delivery

We deliver a private password-protected gallery of photos to you to choose from. You can forward the gallery to any other project stakeholders you like.

You pick your favorites

You pick your favorites, and leave any cropping or retouching comments/requests on the photos in your favorites gallery.

We invoice you and retouch the images

We send you an itemized invoice including any relevant discounts, you pay the invoice and we do any final clean-ups on the images.

Photo delivery

We send over the image files to you with a one-click download process. You put them to use in your pet industry marketing and advertising efforts and watch your advertising and marketing results soar. Easy-peasy.

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Stock Pet Photos FAQ

Q: What's the difference between a standard quality and premium quality photo?

A standard quality photo is our 4-star shots. These are photos you might use on interior web pages, everyday social media posts, interior brochure pages, etc.

Premium quality photos are our 5-star shots. These are the photos you’d use on your website homepage, product packaging, trade show advertising, digital ads, and important print collateral.

When we do art research for you and pull images for your consideration, we’ll always let you know which ones have standard license prices and which ones have premium license prices.

If you submit the form below, please be sure to let us know what your intended usage is so we know which photos would work best.

Q: What is the the exclusive use add-on option?

The Exclusive Use License options are perfect for clients who need high quality images that are totally unique to their business and not used by any other company, without paying the tens of thousands of dollars (or even hundreds of thousands) needed to produce a custom photo shoot.

Exclusive use licenses are available for durations from six months to five years, and during the license period no other company is able to use the image(s) you license for exclusive use.

For example:

If you license an image for exclusive use for two years, that means we won’t license that image to any other company during that two year period.

It will be yours and yours alone to use, which gives you a distinct competitive advantage compared to using stock photos many other companies use. (Maybe even your own  competition!)

If at the end of your exclusive use period you’d like to extend the exclusive use license, you are welcome to do so.

You also have the option to license an image for exlcusive use in your pet industry subtype only. We call this ‘semi-exclusive’.

For example: if your company makes dog food and treats, you may request exclusive use in that category only, which means that if a veterinary supplement company, or pet toy products company (or any other company that isn’t in the dog treats and food category) wanted to license the same image, they could.

Rates for semi-exclusive licenses are discounted over full pet-industry-wide exclusivity. This is in addition to the year-over-year discounts. There’s a bit of complicated math formulas involved with all of these discounts, so be sure to reach out for an itemized estimate if you need semi-exclusive licensing on multiple images for multiple years.

Q: What is the process for picking stock photos?

We gather detailed information from you about your needs, asking for your Brand Identity Guide, any project briefs/specs, and comp photos, and then we start the art research. This involves looking through our vast archives for photos that meet your specs.

Finally, we deliver a selection of images for your consideration. You pick your favorites, and ask us if you need to see more/similars, and once the selections are finalized we create an electronic invoice.

Once you pay for the invoice, we do any retouching that you’ve purchased (and/or is included in the exclusive use fee), and deliver the files electronically.

This is a very personalized process, and we ask that you provide as much information to us as possible to reduce the time we need to spend doing art research.

Q: Do you charge for the art research process?

Typically- no, depending on the size of the project and specs required. If we’re just pulling a few dozen images that meet loose specs, we are happy to do so free of charge. 

IF the project requires us to pull lots of specific images, and feel the time spent doing art research will be significant, we will charge an hourly rate for file pulling.

Q: When is payment for stock photos due?

We require payment in full prior to delivering stock photos.

Payment may be made by mailed check, or via credit/debit card. 

For tight timelines on stock photo projects that need to be paid by check, we recommend expediting the shipping on the check. 

Many of our ad agency clients have overnighted checks to us and we are able to send the files the next day. 

Q: My company needs to see an itemized estimate before we decide on stock photos. We are considering some premium photos, some standard and some exclusive use, and we may be eligible for quantity discounts. Can we get an estimate?


Let us know what you’re interested in, and we’ll crunch the numbers and we’ll send you an itemized estimate that will make the bean counters at your company happy.

On the estimate you’ll be able to select and deselect items and change quantities, which will make it very easy for you to see what you need to do to stay within your budget for your project.

Q: Do you invoice with net-30/60/90 for stock photos?

A: For repeat clients with a proven net-30 payment track record, yes. Please reach out to for more information. (Please note we don’t work with net-60/90/+ invoice payment terms).

For all others- no. We require payment in full prior to delivering stock photos.

Q: Are there quantity discounts on the exclusive use licenses?

Typically, no.

However, we have made exceptions in certain circumstances, like if the client wants to do industry subtype exclusivity, or the value of the first image is significantly higher than the others.

We take a look at the project, the specific images, and their usage, and then determine if discounting exclusive use images is fair and reasonable. 

Please let us know if there is a budget you are trying to meet, and you are interested in exclusivity, and we’ll see what we can do.

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Ready for some awesome stock photos?

Send us a message with information on your needs and we’ll get back to you to get the ball rolling.

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