HIBBING— Staff at Range Regional Animal Rescue recently won the internet when they parodied a popular online trend— much to the delight of their followers.

“It was all Winter’s idea,” said Jared Peterson, dog manager and website manager at RRAR, a nonprofit, no-kill organization set five miles east from Hibbing.

The previous day, Peterson posted a message on RRAR’s Facebook page: “I’m sure a lot of you have seen the posts of ‘Everyday people recreating Instagram model photos.’ Well, when your models are animals that you don’t really have control over, it makes for some interesting pictures!”

What followed was considered pure gold by many. From awkward and angsty to silly and playful, various photos of the rescue animals were lined up side-by-side with pictures of the staff mirroring their poses. Peterson, along with the mastermind, Winter Severson, and their fellow employee, Kaylee Wiedenhoft, didn’t hold back. In one photo Peterson is wearing a cone. In another, all three are wrestling on all fours in an outdoor kennel. There’s even one with a pretty impressive handstand.

“We’ve been taking the photos of the animals over the past couple of months to compile them,” Peterson said. “Yesterday we took photos with the actual people.”

Before the images even hit the internet, they already had their first ‘Like.’ “We definitely had some spectators watching us,” he said, chuckling. “They ended up adopting a dog out of it, though, so that was good.”

The shelter currently has about 20 dogs and a combined total of about 54 cats and kittens waiting for their forever homes.

Visit Range Regional Animal Rescue on Facebook to see the original post or visit the shelter between noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday to meet the real stars: the animals who inspired it all.

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