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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Saving Shelter Dogs One Portrait at a Time

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

click to enlarge Two cuties get the pet portrait treatment in hopes of being adopted - JENNY WILLIAMS/ ELLEN SHERSHOW PEÑA/J'ADORE LE CHIEN PET PHOTOGRAPHY

Every 11 seconds a shelter pet in the U.S. is euthanized. And one artist is dedicating herself to helping save these lives -- one pet portrait at a time.

Jenny Williams, a Colorado-based artist started the 66 Dogs Project -- portraits of 66 dogs up for adoption that may be overlooked -- has turned her sights on the Bay Area, and is currently painting the senior dogs of San Francisco-based Muttville.

Each watercolor portrait includes the dog's image along with some key factors about the canine, such as his/her age, breed, disposition (shy, laid back), likes (car rides, walks, other dogs), and who to contact about the adoption. This artistic effort has turned into 37 portraits (and growing). When asked how these portraits help, Williams noted the case of one dog named Prince:

"Often it just takes that little extra boost for people to see a dog in a new light. For example: Prince, a sweet pitbull mix at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn, NY, had been in the shelter for two years when I painted his portrait in April. The portrait was shared 250 times from SCAR's Facebook page, and a few weeks later Prince was adopted."

Check out the portraits of the Muttville pups and other shelter dogs at the 66 Dog Project site. If you feel so inclined, you can sponsor a shelter dog you love to get a portrait, and commission one for your beloved pooch. And, if you adopt one of the portrait dogs, the watercolor artwork is yours as a thank you.

After the 66 portraits are done, Williams will be moving on to other ways to promote pet adoption. She says, "I'm thinking of the 66 Dogs Project as a launching point rather than the end game." And we'll be sure to update you of her next Bay Area-based animal advocacy venture.

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