Creative Solutions for Forgotten, Four-Legged Friends

In this country FIVE MILLION animals are killed in shelters every year. This does not include the ones that are abused, abandoned or born homeless. It does not include those left behind when a house goes into foreclosure or an elderly person who has been care-taking a colony of homeless cats suddenly has to go into assisted living.

In my home town of Atlanta, Georgia, we have one of the worst records in the nation, killing 219 animals per day. In Georgia we still have shelters that gas animals, an excruciating and horrific death.

As an artist I work tirelessly to help as many of our forgotten friends as possible. It is work both rewarding and heartbreaking. Many artists are unsung heroes, giving of their time and livelihood to help. Artists are asked to donate work to raise funds for all kinds of charitable causes. Who has not been to an art auction? We are asked to donate many times every year, which we do without compensation because we care. Frequently artists are promised "exposure" or a "tax write-off." We understand that the first rarely happens and the" write-off" is for materials only and never for the sale price of an art piece. For instance, if a painting sells for $5000 and the canvas costs $50, the artist may write-off the price of the canvas.

My Dream Assignment is to tell the story of at least ten of these Artist-Rescuers in different parts of this country and Europe. These are artists that perform incredible acts of kindness, giving many hours of their time and resources to support countless animals. I will document their service, feature the animals they are helping and showcase their art. The featured art will be for sale.

This project will be the foundation for an ongoing organization called ARTISTS TO THE RESCUE, where art and animal lovers come together to create a new future, both for the artists and the forgotten friends they support.

Every time a work is purchased from ARTISTS TO THE RESCUE a percentage will go to fund a rescue organization, thereby creating an ongoing stream of revenue devoted to saving lives. Not only will funds be available to rescue organizations, but a fund will be created to help those working on the front lines of their communities, but who are not affiliated with a 501C3.

I want this project to be much larger than anything I could create on my own, so that ARTISTS TO THE RESCUE continues to fulfill its mission for many decades to come.

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Great idea! Just voted for you. I have a lot of animal rights activist friends. My project also calls out to artists...please check it out and consider returning the vote :) Thanks, Marj


Very unique approach. So I am voting for you, and myself...8-).


wonderful idea, i voted for you, please check out mine and return the vote, good luck!


I am voting for your dreams with best wishes for success.


My dog would appreciate this! Voted.

Check out my project on innovation and technology as change for the developing world and my portfolio here: http://maclellanimages.com/blog1/galleries/


I'm for any animal helping project. I love animals and at this moment have a foster pet in my home.

Mine idea is based on the quote "an enemy is one whose story we have not heard"\



I LOVE IT....great idea..i voted 4 you please vote 4 me...i vote 4 the sub 100's...great idea..


Wow, that's a shocking statistic. I had no idea. voting for you. Feel free to return the favor and vote for my project on Zimbabwe.


Great idea!


I wish people would spay and neuter their pets. A great idea. Voted. Let me know what you think of my idea too.


You've got my vote. I've never met anyone as dedicated to this cause as you are.


Good luck Barabara. Great idea. hugs x0 Callahan


GREAT IDEA!!!!I do alot of rescue and would be really interested in helping out this way also...


I love your tireless commitment to our fourlegged friends!
Marti : )


Barbara, Great idea! Thanks for caring so much about the animals. David


this idea has my vote! what a meritorious idea, Barbara! Thank you, SusanA


Hey B,
You brought WB into our lives - this is a great idea - so naturally you get my vote. SJ


Barbara, I hope your idea gets traction. Good luck!

Please check out my plan for capturing the culture of bouldering (climbers) and consider returning the vote.


I worked closely with an animal shelter documenting the work that is done and the animals that are taken there. Very important story to tell! Got my vote. If you like mine, perhaps you can return the vote?


I voted for you Barabra. Good Luck with your idea for such a worthy cause. Thank you for all that you do for God's little creatures. Sadie thanks you too!


I just got to vote once for you. My kitties want to vote too, so just add six more.


Good luck Barbara! I voted for you. Thanks for helping the precious creatures who can't help themselves.


I just voted for you, Barbara! Your heart is always in the right place. I will pass this on to all my pet rescue friends. GOOD LUCK! Bonnie


Way to go Barbara. Wonderful idea. I just voted for you.


"How society treats animals is a reflection of how they treat people."
Yes...Let's help save our four legged friends!


You go girl! You have a beautiful heart.


Great idea, Barbara! Good luck!


You have my vote, If you get the chance, check out my dream "From Australia With Love" and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote for it!




We love your concept and support it with our vote!


Go for it Barbara! Thanks for everything!
Love, Warren Buffet, Paris, Mami, Sadie, and Jillian too :)


Thanks Barbara, keep up the good work. And thanks for rescuing Warren.


Nice Job sis. Warren Buffet must be so proud.


I know of a an artist who takes in rescued lab and has adopted more than one of her fosters


Blessings and Love to all of you who have voted for this very important cause.


Great Idea!! I hope you win :)!


I love causes that support helping animals!


Super idea, let me know if I can help! Good luck.


Hope this helps, Barbara! (Back from Florida, and see you soon.)


Good Luck! I hope you win for the animals.


artist and animals what a great combination, hope you win


You got my vote girl! Much love from the mountains. Gina


Great idea, check out mine and vote for me if you like it. Its about poverty and society in 3rd world countries and how they are controlled, devastated by their governments and western industrialized nations.


from b-s-board w/o GOOD LUCK!! consider putting it out on twitter if not done.
KR scannerbritta

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