We’re busy selling votes for the 2017 Tiny Dog Calendar. This is our annual fundraising project and the each vote costs $1. Only the top 13 vote-getters make it in to the 2017 calendar, but each and every little model has fun in the process.
This year we collaborated with a wonderful local florist, Sheila Johnson of FLORAL CONCEPTS to create something colorful and spectacular for each of our models. No tired silk flowers for these babies! We think the results are well worth it. Our goal is to have a traveling display that will go up in several area public spaces to show off just how beautiful our furry friends are. And maybe inspire people to adopt or donate.
Most of the models are local rescues, but ALL of the voting money goes to a local charity — Artists for Animals — to help them save more homeless pets. The calendars will go on sale in the fall — as well as some limited edition greeting cards. So keep an eye on our Etsy shop for greeting cards, but you can PRE-order your calendars now.
Welcome to the new visitors from Yahoo! Shine — we know there are lots of pet lovers out there with cameras — so jump in and help out at your local shelter. We can help you learn to photograph adoptable pets. Just read through some of the articles and links provided here, select a reputable shelter or rescue group, practice (a lot) and you’ll be off to the races. Unlike our little model here.
We’re trying something new! If you’re interested in improving your photography skills, but you’re NOT planning to be a professional pet photographer, we have a new workshop. Just “all about shooting” for those of you who want to learn hands on! We’ll have live dogs modeling for us and we’ll set up a variety of different shots for you. Indoors, outdoors, with flash, using reflectors, etc.
This workshop is for people with DSLRs — so no point & shoot cameras this time. We’ll talk about lenses, creating some special effects, getting the dog’s attention and keeping him in one spot, exposure, metering, what equipment to use, etc. But it’s all shooting, no business, marketing and very little talk about working with animal rescue. Just learning to use your camera. One day only, shooting with Teresa in a small group setting. The fee is $295 which includes a catered lunch. I have been getting tons of requests for a workshop like this, so now’s your chance. Come shoot with me! If you want more details, check out my other blog: www.teresaberg.com/blog.
Every group these days needs an online presence. If you are running a rescue group or even if you’re just an active volunteer with a group, sooner or later you will need to pay serious attention to the group “image.” I’m not just referring to pretty photos (although photography is very close to the top of the list). I’m talking about website, blogs, adoption listings, logos, signs, and finally your ambassadors.
I know — you’re saving dogs– not working on an English degree, but you must communicate clearly and effectively with the world around you if you want donations, helpers, and credibility. Rescue groups are constantly interacting with city government, animal rights organizations, and community business leaders in order to save dogs. If you’re asking for donations for an event, or money to buy dog food, you need to make a good impression.
Many people don’t know how many shelters have a constant supply of puppies. Don’t shop, adopt!
So if you’re not comfortable speaking to strangers, making eye contact and writing an informative email message, find someone who is and designate them an ambassador for your group.
Your group’s website needs to be up-to-date and error free. Keep the photographs fresh and interesting. Update the calendar of events. Nothing spells neglect faster than a website where nothing has changed in two years…
And finally, make sure your message is a positive one. No matter how angry you are at the local shelter for doing something wrong, don’t make people feel bad just because they stopped by your website. Very few people want to support someone who is constantly ranting and complaining. They want to help the one with a better idea!
Teresa Berg and Best Friends Animal Society are teaming up to talk about photographing adoptable pets….and you can attend the webinar free! Just sign up here
The Best Friends Animal Society is a great national organization that works with Petfinder and other groups to raise adoption rates for rescue groups and lower euthanasia rates in high-kill cities. Now, we’re working together to talk about marketing homeless pets and moving them OUT of shelters and foster homes faster and IN to their forever homes.
They have all sorts of cool downloadable resources like this action kit on how to organize a four-legged food drive in your community. So don’t feel like there is nothing you can do — grab a camera, grab a friend, and make an action plan!
Check out their facebook page, too!
Showing the eyes and getting the ears UP is key in making a black dog look friendlier
I’m really excited to share the date and details for our big concert for Paws In the City. I am working with Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a couple of her musician friends to produce this wonderful event to raise money for pitbull rescue in Texas. If you don’t know about Paws In the City, they rescue lots of pit bulls and most of the animals they save come from Dallas Animal Services. They are the last chance most of these dogs have. So join us for this fun “date night for dog lovers” and meet Jesse Pibble, the handsome star and spokesdog for the event.
Your $50 ticket includes the concert, wine and dessert — and there will be dinner available ‘on the curb’ from the fabulous City Street Grille catering truck. And also a great silent auction! The venue is the posh urban event space EVENT1013 in old downtown Plano. AND it’s the day before Valentine’s Day so you can surprise your sweetheart and save doggies at the same time! Buy tickets online here: www.dogartdallas.eventbrite.com