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Buy a few votes and help homeless animals!


Artists for Animals is a Texas based non-profit founded almost 8 years ago to give artists and art lovers a voice in the ongoing fight against animal homelessness. Each year, literally thousands of adoptable pets are euthanized because the local shelters in Texas are just too full to house them and there is a desperate lack of foster homes.

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Co-founded by photographer Teresa Berg and Erin Hannigan, the Principal Oboe with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, AFA creates events which raise money to support local shelters and animal rescue groups who are, frankly, too busy saving lives to get out and beg for money! The Tiny Dog Calendar contest is one of the events organized each year to  raise funds used for food, cages, and vet bills and other supplies.  The need is desperate.

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The more you vote, the more grants AFA can give to the hard working animal rescue organizations of north Texas. They have no overhead or salaries to pay – it all goes to the animals. Last year over 3000 votes came in during the last few hours. Vote as often and as much as you wish between now and midnight, September 1st, and SHARE the link with your friends! Contributions are tax deductible. VOTE HERE: https://squareup.com/store/artists-for-animals

 

Raising money for animal rescue


This time of year many non-profits are evaluating what worked (and what didn’t) for fundraising as they plan the new year’s budgets and programs.  I thought I’d share a few things that work for the rescues that I work with.

Every year I photograph 13 dogs for the Dallas Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation for their annual calendar “Picture A New Life.”  These calendars are sold online and at their events and they are big glossy 12×18″ artsy wall calendars. The group chooses the dogs that will be photographed –all dachshunds that have been adopted through their program — and it’s a great way to show off the quality of the animals they save. 2013 is our 6th and we sell out every year! If you’d like to order one, all of the proceeds go to the doxies and they’re available here.

In addition to donating to their silent auction every year,  I try to also donate to the Collin County Humane Society in some other way. This year, we are going to have a food drive at the studio. Everyone that brings a 10# bag of dog food gets a coupon for a free 8×10 print valued at $50.  We’re hoping to fill up a truck!

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Profits from The Tiny Dog Calendar benefit Dallas area animal rescue charities

I also personally publish a desktop calendar that I think is adorable. We call it The Tiny Dog Calendar  — and it sits up on a desk or table in a plastic stand which is also the CD case that it arrives in.  Easy to stuff in a Christmas stocking and easy to mail.  Every year I choose some of my favorite shots and sell them in the studio and online. After printing costs, profits are donated to a local animal charity like Paws In the City  and we also sell these at local dog-related events.