Animals R Terrific (A.R.T.) Workshop:
“Building Compassion” Art Class & Lunch
Sunday, October 20th at Mind Unwind Gallery & Studio
Participants of A.R.T. learned fine art painting skills that included a learning session from local animal caretakers emphasizing a plant-based diet. Special guests Millie, Pearl and Gertie, three local rescued chickens, supplied inspiration for our young artists. An ‘animal product-free’ lunch and light snacks were provided. See our Facebook page for more images...
This free workshop was made possible with a gracious grant from World Peace Earth Foundation and the Pollination Project.
Art for Animals’ Sake art programs focus on instilling empathy for animals in young adults, a key component of our mission to reduce the neglect and abuse of animals.
Humane education teaches students how to be responsible citizens. Students learn to be compassionate toward all living beings.
A few reasons for promoting humane education:
- - It helps prevent violence and helps students apply the concepts of respect and kindness toward animals -in their own lives.
- - It helps students understand past and current social justice movements
- - It empowers students to make positive decisions and improve their communities around them
There is a strong link between cruelty to animals and violence in the family. Teaching students to have empathy for other beings is essential to raising kind, compassionate citizens.
Buy art and support awareness
Art for Animals Sake (AFAS) collaborates with Avalon Glassworks to raise awareness for black cat adoption
Sales of artwork and proceeds from Avalon Glassworks’ special edition “Black Cat Paperweights” will benefit Art for Animals’ Sake (AFAS).
Limited edition Black Cat Paperweights from Avalon Glassworks
Order your own here. Limited edition of 40 paperweights...
These paperweights were inspired by the disproportionate amount of black animals left behind at shelters and rescues. Both black cats and dogs are less than half as likely to be adopted than colorful ones. Speculation is that these animals do not photograph well on adoption materials or are intrinsically linked to superstition. AFAS is dedicated to encourage the adoption of all shelter animal.
See article in right hand column.
'Stand Up for Pits' with Rebecca Corry
An Interview with comedian, actress and advocate for anti-breed discrimination Rebecca Corry
Those of us who have adopted a homeless or neglected dog, understand the deep connection we have with our four-legged friends. Rebecca Corry is one of those people. A highly respected actress, comic and now animal advocate, she is one outrageous voice for spreading breed awareness to the greater public and to protest against laws that specifically target certain dog breeds.
"This breed is really special, my heart and my passion. I know it’s an up hill battle, but I’m dedicated to it"
Read the interview here...
'A Day in the Life' Project continues in 2013
In 2012, a special photography exhibit focused on the relationship homeless have with their animals.
This year, workshops will use digital equipment to teach technical skills to youth while encouraging creative expression though art.
In 2012, AFAS worked with street youth and their allies to capture through photography the bond with their animals culminating in an exhibition of color photographs.
More detalls and background on the project here...
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Art for Animals' Sake is an Associated Program of Shunpike.
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'Believe in All Dogs' Send in your photos!
We have created a portfolio of our loving dogs to change preconceptions, celebrate our kind companions and to protest breed-specific legislation.
More information and portfolio here...
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Much of my work features animals as stand-ins for human subjects, creating fable-like scenes that explore issues related to gender and sexual identity.”
Purchase cards featuring Brian's artwork and 100% goes to our A.R.T Programs. See story in lef thand column.
Least adopted, most euthanized
‘Black Dog Syndrome’ and Adoption
It is a common experience amongst shelter workers to bear witness to the adoption of brightly patterned animals well before their black shelter mates. Both black cats and dogs are less than half as likely to be adopted than colorful ones. Speculation is that these animals do not photograph well on adoption materials or are intrinsically linked to superstition.
Online adoptions have not helped the situation with amateur photographers and small screen images. Its been proven that potential adopters like to see the character and expression in the animals face and are drawn to certain animals by their colorful markings. “Overwhelmingly, we hear from the shelter and rescue groups that black dogs, especially the big black dogs, and black cats take longer to get adopted," said Kim Saunders, vice president of shelter outreach for Petfinder.com, the country's largest online pet adoption database.” With dark animals, it is much harder to discern their facial expressions and make an emotional connection with potential adopters.
To help increase adoption rates, some shelters are working hard to correctly photograph these animals. Others have taken to giving them distinct personalities through costumes, dynamic back stories, and taking the opportunity to place them strategically in more visible locations in the kennel for adopters to see them.
Black Dog Syndrome
This situation is often referred to as Black Dog Syndrome. However, some lucky black dogs seem to escape this syndrome, with breed trumping their dark coloration. Poodles, especially, are favored. A study was conducted by PhD psychologist Lucinda Woodward et al, and published in ‘Society and Animals’ in early 2012. In summary, they found that breed had a significant effect on participant’s perception of the dogs, but color did not. “As a matter of fact, in a study looking at breed versus color effect, black labs were rated as significantly more friendly, less dominant and more submissive dogs of dogs of seven other breeds, with only the Golden retriever rated more highly.” Black Poodles are amongst the highest adoption rates, finding homes much more frequently.
Sadly other breeds that do not fit so easily into these categories and are more than twice as likely to be euthanized in the shelter system. “Mike Arms, president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., blames part of it on typecasting. "If you think of any movie with a mean, devil dog, it's always a black dog, and if you see a witch in a movie, they always have a black cat."”
Many organizations have created unique ways to highlight these animals. Websites such as www.blackpearldogs.com and www.startseeingblackdogs.com have draw attention to Black Dog Syndrome work tirelessly to bring awareness to future adopters.
Find out what every shelter knows
While black cats may not be bad luck, in shelters they are just unlucky
Rescue organizations are coming up with creative ways to raise awareness about the adoption of black animals, whose adoption rates are far lower than animals with bright markings. Some shelters hold special adoption events for black cats and dogs, with incentives like lower adoption fees and two-for-one adoption days. They also make sure the animals are taken out of their cages to meet potential owners as a way of encouraging adoption.
Volunteer photographers are taking on the challenge of illuminating the animal’s best attributes. Often during the intake process the animal is photographed. This is often the most stressful time for a rescued animal, therefore fear and discomfort tend to permeate these photos.
‘Second Chance Photos’ is dedicated to having professional photographers photography the animals in local shelters to improve the chance of adoption: “Second Chance Photos (SCP) believes every homeless pet should be represented with a positive, professional photograph, offering a glimpse into their unique personality in hopes to make a connection with potential adopters. ”Launched by photographer Seth Casteel of Little Friends Photo in Los Angeles, ‘One Picture Saves Campaign’ is a free, nationwide, nonprofit program.
Do your part
'One Picture Saves' conducts local workshops to teach shelter workers techniques to better photograph their animals. Visit the website here: http://www.onepicturesaves.com/
Make it your goal to photograph these wonderful animals in the best ‘light’ possible!
Help AFAS bring awareness to the adoption of black animals. Buy a limited edition Black Cat Paperweight from Avalon Glassworks.
See article to the upper left. Order your own here...
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