Art for Animals' Sake (AFAS) is unique in our approach to animal advocacy through developing art education programs that instill empathy for all living things through creative artistic expression.
Our approach is to build upon the natural empathy children and young adults have for animals while engaging them through art.
David Walega, Founder
David is a fine art painter, photographer and ardent supporter of animal rights, a combination of interests which lead to the creation of<br> Art for Animals’ Sake. As the proud dad of three adopted dogs, he is dedicated to animal rights education. David has worked as a scenic painter, web designer, and photojournalist. He has also been involved with social justice and animal rescue organizations.
Melanie Sears, CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional)
Melanie is an activist currently living in Seattle, WA. She earned her BS in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University as well as her nonprofit certification through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in Fall, 2012. Melanie joined AFAS shortly after, and has assisted with grant writing, event planning and outreach. Melanie is passionate about connecting humans with nonhuman animals and nature. She currently works for the Washington Conservation Corps.
The goal of our program is to prevent the neglect and abuse of animals and reduce the relinquishment of companion animals into the shelter system.
Through our partnerships with the artistic, educational and animal advocacy communities, we work toward creating a more compassionate world for animals.
Art for Animals’ Sake works in conjunction with programs that support underserved youth, working to prevent animal abuse by teaching respect for all living creatures through creative artistic expression.
Addressing the Cause
While many organizations fill the critical need of rescuing and rehoming animals after abuse and neglect have occurred, Art for Animals’ Sake’s focus is on preventing animal cruelty through education.
Most organizations deal with the results of abuse, we address the cause. Working with young people’s natural affinity for animals, AFAS will nurture this bond to impart respect for all living things.