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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Hits


In my heart, I have always wanted to do the work that helps the world become a better place. I formed HeARTs Speak because I believe there is power in numbers, and with the understanding that I am surely not the only person doing what I do, I wanted to create the space for everyone to come together and really make a difference. I discovered that we only need to increase the number of animals adopted each year by 3 percent to reduce the numbers euthanized to zero. JUST 3 PERCENT! I firmly believe we can do this. HeARTs Speak will support artists, who give voice to the animals, and ultimately, reduce the numbers that suffer by finding them the homes they so deserve. I feel it’s a win-win situation, no matter how you look at it!

Do you have any stories about how one of your photographs made the difference for a dog?

I have had shelters and rescues tell me that my photographs help to get animals noticed and adopted, but no exciting stories—simply that good, soulful pictures make a tremendous difference

It’s pretty clear how HeARTs Speak helps the rescues and shelters, but how is it good for the participating photographers?

We are currently in the process of getting our 501c3 certification so we are not yet capable of doing all that we plan. At the moment, we have a private group on Facebook where our members support one another, answer questions, offer advice, etc. As soon as we get our certification and are funded, we have a multitude of plans. We will focus on expanding our network, building a library of templates (letters for approaching rescues, contracts, etc.), educational webinars (teaching photography technique such a lighting, indoors, vs. outdoors, basic camera operation, animal behavior, etc.) for our website, and also getting funding to help give photographers a small stipend for their volunteer work.

HeARTs Speak is looking for photographers and artists to join the alliance and for other forms of support. To learn more, visit: Heartsspeak.org.

And look for our story in Dog Patch in September 2011 issue.



Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

Image courtesy HeARTs Speak.

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Submitted by Iowa Dog Blog | August 15 2011 |

I love this idea that art can be applied to save animals. What a wonderful group.

Submitted by Rita O | September 6 2011 |

I read the article on Hearts Speak in Bark, and it seems to perfectly fit two of the things I love .. animals and photography. I'm good at loving animals, and a very amateur photographer, but hey, maybe it's something I can do at our local shelter, a way to help.
Thanks you so much for printing this, and providing the links.

Submitted by Jenifer | September 8 2011 |

I think this is an amazing idea! I have tried to email my info on your site and it isn't letting me. I am a professional photographer and huge animal lover and I would love to help these animals!! Please let me know how I can be involved!! Thanks!

Submitted by Katie Faulkner | September 23 2011 |

Just visit on Facebook and let us know that you are having issues we can get you going! :) www.facebook.com/HeARTsSpeak

Katie Faulkner
Founding Member - HeARTs Speak

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