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.”