I’ve always had a passion for both art and animals, and I started drawing dogs when I was just a toddler. When I started walking dogs at one of my local animal shelters, Stray Rescue of St. Louis, I immediately fell in love with so many of the adorable pups there. I began drawing portraits of some of my most beloved dogs, partly just for fun and partly as a way to remember the ones who have moved on to their forever homes.
After spending so much time at the shelter, I also realized just how much donations can change and save lives. I’ve seen countless dogs come to the shelter terrified, starving, and far too often with life-threatening injuries, but I’ve also seen first-hand the remarkable transformations that occur thanks to the love, care, and donations that keep the shelter going.
Wanting to give back more to help these shelter animals, I started Artwork For Animals, a business that also helps less fortunate animals.
I draw commissioned portraits of people’s pets, and then donate a portion of the proceeds back to animal shelters, animal rescue organizations, and animal welfare foundations across the country. These portraits give pet owners a way to remember their beloved four-legged friends forever, and they also give animal shelters the donations they need to continue saving lives.
It may be a small step towards helping homeless animals find families, but I’ve personally seen that even the smallest donations can make life-saving differences.
More info: artworkforanimals.net