Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pitbull Pup, by Carrie Jacobson

 Pitbull Pup
For the Montville, CT, animal shelter

One of the funnest parts of my job as a Patch editor is working with the shelter in Montville, CT, the town I cover (check out the site I run, the Montville Patch!) Happily, there are often no animals there to be adopted. But when there are, the animal control officer calls, and I take photos, or sometimes videos, and put them on the site, and who knows, maybe they help. I think they do.

Eager, a three-legged kitten, just got adopted, and I hope Patch had something to do with it. Want to see a video of Eager? Click here. Want to see a video of some pretty funny kittens? Click here. By the way, they still need homes, so if you're in the market...

I have some posts coming of animals up for adoption, one of one of the kittens and one of a golden lab with some issues. I made this painting of one of the dogs on the shelter's Facebook page.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gypsy, by Alli Farkas

 Gypsy, by Alli Farkas
For Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary

Alli Farkas writes "I was at Horse-A-Rama in Wisconsin a couple of months ago when a very enthusiastic lady approached my booth. She saw all the portraits and wanted to know if I would like to set up as a vendor at her upcoming fundraiser for her rescue organization, Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary in Elkhart Lake, WI. I couldn't do it, since I will be at another horsey event that day, but when I told her about (the Art for Shelter Animals Project) she was delighted by the opportunity.

"She sent me a photo of Gypsy, a paint mare who is now totally blind due to a previous owner's neglect of an infection. She is now literally 'rolling in clover' at the sanctuary, and could hardly be in a better place! The clover was quite a challenge for me (I do landscapes in addition to horses, but I try to keep the landscapes manageable!) so I was quite pleased that I was actually able to put horse and clover together and make them both look good."
Amazing Grace, founded in 2008, seems like a pretty amazing place. Here's what it says on the website:

"Our sole purpose is to offer a safe haven for unwanted, abused or neglected horses. This sanctuary offers safe care and refuge - to all horses who pass through our gates. Here all their needs will be provided for - including shelter, nutrition, vet and Ferrier care, and most importantly - unconditional love and attention." 


To see more of Alli's gorgeous work, check out her website!


Friday, May 20, 2011

A Fantastic Fundraiser!

Bob Cat
 by Robin Stronk

I opened my email this morning to find this marvelous and motivational note from Robin Stronk - isn't this great? 

Inspired by your blog site, I started a fundraiser movement last December. I gathered local artists and requested that each create a piece of artwork inspired by their favorite rescue/shelter cause and donate it at 100 percent to be sold at a silent auction in May. 

These people were fantastic. I designated them as my "Art Angels." Some donated more than one piece and we ultimately had 36 items available for the auction.

There were nine causes represented and we raised $3,660 with the artwork alone. The artists also did all the work - made food, decorated the  huge training center at our local humane society, distributed posters and cards, came to meetings and even cleaned up after the event. 

I am so proud of everyone. 

There have been many requests for it to become an annual event and I am very happy to comply. Several small, little known rescues benefited and they were absolutely thrilled. They not only gained some financial support but
also received public recognition that is often lacking.

I painted for Winchester Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. My oil painting "Bob Cat" portrays just one of the varied creatures that have been nurtured and released back to the wild by them. They have also nursed owls, orphan squirrels, porcupines, geese, foxes and even a bald eagle. The piece was purchased by a local veterinarian who
provides their surgical procedures totally gratis.

I plan to continue this wonderful concept and hope to send you a report next year that the auction was even more successful.   

Robin T. Stronk DVM

p.s., Robin, would you please email me at Your email went to another carrie jacobson, and for some reason, I can't find an address for you! Thanks! 

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Oil on canvas, 12x12
Donation to the Montville, CT, animal shelter

Animal Control Officer Chris Martel with Lulu and her portrait

Lulu's people abandoned her when she became pregnant. Surely, this was not Lulu's first litter. Chris Martel says that Lulu's teats tell her that the dear old dog has had litter after litter after litter of puppies. Two of those stretched-out, worn-out teats became infected this time, and Lulu has had to have a partial mastectomy.

 But she is as happy and as loving as any dog can be. She's put on a lot of weight, her demeanor has gone from worried to joyful, and her pups are growing up strong and curious and puppy-goofy.

So where have I been, all these months? Writing stories and covering news, events and communities for, in the town of Montville, right across the river from where we live.

In fact, if you'd like to see a story about my donating this painting, and about Lulu, click here. There are pictures of the puppies at an early age, and a video when they were about a month old, and another video of three of them just last week.

In addition to Patch, I am keeping up my painting as much as I can, and showing, as well. I have a show coming up in March at the Lighthouse Gallery in Groton. If you are in the area, the opening is March 4, from 5-7 p.m.

I've missed the Art for Shelter Animals Project - and I hope that we can get it going again!