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Artist Donations: Rescue Animals

My heart clenches when I hear stories about animal abuse or abandonment.

You may not want or be in a position to adopt an animal.
Maybe you can adopt a shelter or animal rescue organization.

Like any other donation, you have choices about how to get involved:

  • you can donate art to a fundraiser;

  • you can take photographs or draw portraits of available animals to get the word out;

  • you can donate money (and get a tax deduction);

  • you can donate time and energy to help care for the animals or advocate on their behalf.

Animal artist Ann Ranlett describes how she makes her donations work to benefit the animals, the animal organization and her art business. -

"Gayle Rappaport-Weiland and I created Appeals for Art to share ideas with artists and charitable organizations for donating prudently and successfully.

There are many deserving animals that need help. The life of an animal rescuer is difficult and it’s not something I could do, so I help in other ways.

I support local rescue organizations, where I can make a personal contribution:

  • I take photos of rescued animals or ask for permission to use a published photo. When I sell work I made from those photo references, I donate a portion of the sale to the source organization.
  • I donate 10% of the sale price of certain online items. I also give the organization a mention on my web site.
  • I rarely donate original art. I’m happy to give reproduction items, such as note cards, prints, and earrings.
  • I decline requests to donate a gift certificate for a pet portrait.

My reply to requests from non-local organizations is 'I’m unable to help you, but I do support 'Rescue A' in my area. I wish you all the best and thank you for your efforts on behalf of the animals.'

I share photographs of my animal rescue friends with links to the organization on Facebook

I truly believe that'what goes around comes around' and am grateful that I’m able to do what I love in my 'job' as an artist.”

Artists are amongst the most generous souls I know.

At some point in life we can all use a helping hand.

Thank for supporting people, causes and animals.

Do you have a story about the last time you supported a shelter or rescue organization? What advice do you have for other artists?

Please comment here or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Reader Comments (2)

For many years, I have supported and worked with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In the late '90's, I created a large poster for them which was used as a fundraiser. The original hangs in the new shelter in my home town. This was a win-win situation, in that I gained province-wide recognition (whenever I do a show, people come up and say to me, "Oh, YOU're the artist who did that poster!"), and the Society raised many thousands of dollars with the image. I like the thought that I helped save the lives of many animals.

I do have one caveat for artists who wish to partner with organizations this way. Please, MAKE SURE you have a written contract spelling out IN DETAIL your licensing agreement with them. The contract should specify how the image may be used, how many, what sizes, what media, how long the agreement lasts, and many more details which could come back later and bite you in the butt if it's not spelled out beforehand. Believe me, a little legal contract negotiation can save you much grief in the long run.

Partnering this way can give your career a huge boost if you do it right.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverley J. Hanna, S.C.A.

I've always donated to a variety of animal rescue organizations but my life changed significantly when I rescued my own horse. He was starving in my own neighborhood and I couldn't bear to drive by him anymore so I asked the owner of the local stable to knock on the owners' front door and ask how much they wanted for the skinny Paint. Thus began the story of The Artful Dodger. I'm hoping my name below links to the children's book he narrates around my photos and tells our story (on Amazon). He's been a huge financial commitment but as my muse, teacher and friend, he's also become my motivation to make it in my new art career after being a graphic designer for over 30 years. Along with the book series he's inspiring, I'm hoping with my art to raise awareness of the benefits horses offer society in evolving emotional and social much more than just sport and high performance vehicle use. I can highly recommend rescuing a horse if you want inspiration and motivation!!! Thanks for all you do for animals!!

January 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Twohig

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