Thank you Cariie for starting this blog! Just a little background on my reason for starting a program in my area. I would often visit shelters with my kids. I was trying to teach them to care and help animals because they are a special part of our world. I was frustrated because of my financial situation I was not able to adopt many more animals or make a contribution to the shelter as often as I could.
I felt other people would feel the same way about it and I tried to think of a way to do something about it. I approached my local SPCA and asked if I could donate a small painting and some Art Cards that they could sell directly to the public.
I suggested they post a sign next to the critter they chose for me to paint to inform the public that they could purchase a painting which would buy a bed for the dog, cat or other animal or they would receive the painting upon adoption. I wanted to also paint smaller easily affordable art through the art cards. They could sell the original for about $10 and sell prints for about $2. That way, the children would not only have a keepsake but feel they were actually helping the animals left behind.
I told the staff I didn't want to concentrate on the cute kittens and puppies because I knew they would not have to much of a problem getting adopted. We agreed that I would start with their Senior Citizens and animals with health challenges.
This is one of the examples I chose to do an art card because of the jpeg image they emailed to me. As you can see it was not the greatest photo and it was a very small file. So instead of a painting , I rendered a little card with Romeo's likeness. Romeo has FIV which means he cannot live with other cats and his health needs extra close monitering. So a person who adores cats and who cannot adopt Romeo can support him by purchasing the card or print of the card.
The local SPCA and I are in the midst of preparing a "launch" of the program and when that occurs I will let you know how it goes. I will also let you know of any glitches and ways we resolved them as we encounter them. Thank you for the interest in this project!