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.