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.
VOTING ENDS MIDNIGHT, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
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.
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
Our 2017 Tiny Dog calendars are available this week –and until they’re sold out — at our Etsy shop here. But even better than that, these beautiful dogs will become a traveling exhibit of framed art to inspire people to adopt! We’ve taken 14 of the rescue dogs from the calendar model group and added their “rescue stories” in text on the photograph and then framed them for display. Stay tuned for photos of the exhibit. Maybe something that will work in your area?
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.
The 2015 Tiny Dog Calendar voting contest began late last week. To give you a brief re-cap on how it works: I put out a “model call” on facebook and via email. Friends tell friends and before you know it, I have TONS of people sending me snapshots of their dogs, hoping I will like what I see and offer them a free modeling session. I choose the dogs that I think will send the right message (and look cute of course) and we photograph approximately 20 dogs over the course of a few weeks. These dogs then compete for votes (votes are $1 each) and all the money from voting goes to the Legacy Humane Society — one of my favorite local animal charities. The 13 dogs with the most votes get in the calendar. The TOP DOG also gets a $350 gift certificate to my studio. So competition is fierce! We will be selling the calendars online starting in October — but if you’d like to see the contestants and place a vote or two, please visit the Teresa Berg Photography blog and click on 2015 Tiny Dog Calendar.
And don’t forget — calendars make great gifts!
I just finished shooting our 2014 Tiny Dog Calendar. This is our 5th tiny calendar and every year, I enjoy it more. For those of you who haven’t seen them, it’s the format that is tiny, not the dogs. We have it printed at a local printing company with an Indigo digital press and it’s sized to fit in a CD case. The case flips open and creates a stand for the calendar pages which you select each month.
Each year I self-publish this calendar and give the proceeds to a local charity (usually an animal rescue organization) This year we put a new twist on it by allowing people to vote online for their favorite dog photo at a cost of $1 per vote –with all the voting dollars going to the local Humane Society. We sold 2749 votes and created a lot interest for the calendar — which we have now sent to the printer. For those of you planning a similar project, here are a few key points to remember:
1) The time to sell calendars is in the fall. Shoot when you want to, but if you can’t have them ready by October 1st, you will miss the majority of your sales. They are big for the holidays but after January 15th, retailers practically give them away.
2) Pet owners LOVE having a calendar model in the family — they will buy lots of copies to give as gifts and even pay for the privilege of being published in your calendar.
3) They are a great way to publicize your cause, your group and your photographic skill. And they are a TON of work.
4) There is risk. The best profits come from the larger orders — so shop around. Most printing companies will work with you but the cost for a small order is very high. Once you get over a 250, the price drops significantly and you can start to make a profit, but someone has to pay the upfront costs and most charities don’t want to risk their hard-earned funds. So you may be pulling the money out of your pocket to get the job done!
As soon as the calendars arrive, we’ll have them available on this blog, my website and at the studio — I hope you’ll purchase one and use the inspiration to publish a calendar for your favorite animal rescue charity!
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!
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.
The 2012 Tiny Dog Calendar is a fun annual project for me. This year, our calendar is all rescue dogs, and the profits go to animal rescue charities — so if you need a few ‘stocking stuffers’ for your dog-loving friends, you can order them here in the Teresa Berg Photography Etsy shop. They’re just $10 each and come in their own little plastic flip up stand.