Did you get the chance to see the Shelter Cats – Larger than Life Exhibit in March? Did you wish you could buy one of the limited edition gallery wrapped canvas prints but didn’t know how? Well now’s the time. Today through May 27, 2011, the remaining prints from the exhibition will be sold for the sale prices of $175 for the 20″ square and $200 for the 20″ x 30″ prints. A portion of each print sale will be donated to the shelter that cared for the animal featured in the print.
Price does not include Washington State sales tax or shipping. Local print sales will be hand delivered while others will be shipped via UPS. Email me at email@example.com with inquiries and please include a phone number with a convenient time for a return call. I accept cash, check, Visa, Discover Card, MasterCard and Paypal.
On its most basic level, the program is about redemption.
Dogs brought to the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter in Pasco, WA, by animal control are not always immediately adoptable. Anyone that has ever visited the shelter knows that it is a very stressful place for a dog to live and some dogs do not handle that stress well. While the shelter uses every resource available to ensure all of their dogs find homes, the sad reality is that sometimes they are faced with the difficult decision of euthanizing difficult to place dogs. Thanks to the Ridge Dogs program, they now have another tool at their disposal giving their dogs a chance to thrive before they find their forever home.
I’ve been talking with Speak Dog owner Krystal Ellingson for a number of months about the program she started at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center. With my schedule and with the required background check, Wednesday was the first opportunity I had to witness the program for myself. I have to say that I am impressed.
Even before learning about the details of the program, I knew it would be a huge benefit for the dogs – after all, getting them out of a noisy and intimidating kennel to train them has obviously got to increase their chances of not only being adopted, but also to increase the chance that each adoption is more successful. I also had a pretty good idea that the program would be good for the inmates involved because lets face it, dogs are special and they are great companions. Still, I didn’t realize just how important this program is to the men at Coyote Ridge. It seems that the dogs have a real calming influence in the prison and I was told on more than one occasion that since the first dogs arrived in December 2010, there have been fewer fights among inmates. Granted, I didn’t receive any official numbers regarding in-prison violence from the Department of Corrections but even the perceived reduction in violence can be a very good thing because that perception can lead to real improvements in prison-wide safety. It is clear to me that while the men are teaching the dogs to be better dogs, the dogs are teaching their handlers to be better men.
This program is good for our community and I hope that it continues to build on its early success. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I leave you today with a gallery of images from my first session. I hope you enjoy!
I think there might be a trend forming here. Book signing at Barnes & Noble, crazy running planned. The first time I had a book signing at the Columbia Center Mall Barnes & Noble, I ran a marathon. Tomorrow’s book signing? Same day as the 15K Badger Mountain Challenge with over 2000 feet of elevation gain (and descent). One could reasonably conclude that I might be kind of a glutton for punishment.
Naomi photographed 9/15/10
Whether I’m crazy or not, I’m hoping for a good turnout at tomorrow’s book signing (2:00 to 4:00 pm). It’s not so much about Shelter Cats as it is about the shelter cats that will be there with me. Don’t come to see me (although I’d love to say hello), but come for Naomi. I first photographed her back on September 15, 2010 so she’s been waiting for quite some time to find her forever home. Maybe tomorrow will be the day.
Who else will be there? Well, you’re just going to have to come see for yourself. I hope to see you there!
I was told that I shouldn’t start talking up my next project until later in April or May but it turns out that the secret of my latest project is out. Yesterday while I was looking to see if FindelKatzen has been released (yes it has by the way), I learned that my current project is already available for pre-orders even though I’m still doing some last minute work on the book. So, since Amazon.com let the cat out of the bag early, I don’t see why I have to continue to wait. So here it is: Shelter Puppies!
Shelter Puppies won’t be quite as long as Shelter Cats but it will have a new feature. I suppose I could tell you all about it but perhaps it’s good to have a surprise or two left.
So there it is – the secret’s out. Shelter Puppies will be out just in time to make a great holiday gift.
I’ve decided that I’m going to have to post about Yogi at least once a month until he finally is adopted. You might recall that I posted an update about Yogi back in February. He was ready for a home then. Every time I work with Yogi, he seems a bit more calm. A bit more mellow. A bit more adoptable. But when he’s in the small dog room, he gets a little over excited sometimes and I think people just don’t realize what a sweet boy he can be.
I was talking to animal care supervisor Michelle Lang today about Yogi. She said he’d be perfect in a home where he’d be the only dog. He is a small 2+ year old dog and he loves to snuggle. Surely someone in the Tri-Cities is looking for a small dachshund mix to snuggle?!? He’s mellowed a lot since he arrived at the Benton-Franklin Humane Society last June. And that’s saying a lot. He’s ready to go home. Need more info? Please visit his Petfinder.com profile. Yogi will be featured tomorrow morning on KVEW’s Good Morning Northwest show tomorrow with operation’s manager Ed Dawson. They usually post the pet of the week clip on their Facebook page so if you miss his segment, check their page later tomorrow afternoon.