Applications Now Open for Our 2016 Perfect Exposure Project!

Tall tasks often benefit from a little creativity. Across the globe, our artist members are pushing open a new door to animal welfare and unpacking a fresh approach to saving the lives of shelter pets. Through professional photographs and creative marketing, they’re granting homeless pets unforgettable first impressions that hook adopters and forge lifelong bonds. (more…)

A Lifesaving Partnership

They say that life is all about timing, and that’s a concept that most pet owners and nonprofit organizations can agree on! HeARTs Speak was born out of great timing in 2010, when our fearless leader and Executive Director, Lisa Prince Fishler, adopted her best friend, Iggy. Lisa was head over heels in love and was inspired by Iggy’s adoption to get involved in saving lives by creating more adoption moments for animals all over the world.
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3 Steps to Finding Your Creative Style

hollyavatarAs a longtime HeARTs Speak member and professional pet photographer, people often ask me about the mysterious and sometimes elusive path to finding and establishing a clear creative style and voice for their work. Often, my initial reaction is “Geez, I have no idea! I am still searching for it myself!”

And then, when I started to really consider it, I realized, “you know, I think I HAVE finally stopped searching!” I think I am now content with the direction I am going, and happily following the flow.

So, how did I get here? Here are a few of the steps I took on my personal creative journey that helped me refine my aesthetic and start producing consistent, cohesive photographs.

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2015: A Year of Artist Empowerment

11209731_10153743778304275_8442971957652425655_nSince day one of its inception 5 years ago, HeARTs Speak has been devoted to building a community of professional artists focused on supreme collaboration, compassion, and courage. By nurturing a rapidly expanding network of like-minded individuals, we’ve pushed artistic expression to the forefront of what’s considered beneficial in the fight to save shelter animals. (more…)

One Year of Perfect Exposure

1984At the center of the HeARTs Speak mission lies a simple philosophy: that collaboration is the most effective strategy for improving the lives of companion animals. Our organization unites hundreds of professional artists worldwide who live and work by this philosophy, and in the U.S. alone our members assist over one third of animal welfare groups. As a vehicle for expanding our reach even further and to supplement these artists’ incredible work, we created the Perfect Exposure Project. (more…)

What HeARTs Speak Artists Are Thankful For

11224175_1029493190395482_4374622358696542788_nAs artists of many mediums volunteering our work to animal shelters across the globe, we are exposed to a world that gives us the opportunity to feel thankful every day — for the countless adoptable pets we meet, hardworking shelter staff and volunteers, and a quality paintbrush that just feels ‘right’ in your hand.

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, what better time to collect and share all the special things we’re thankful for!

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Old n’ Bold: 6 Senior Pets Who Get Friendship

clydeFine wine, fancy cheese, and your favorite jeans are all things that only get better with time, but they’re no match for companion animals when it comes to the art of aging.

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month, a 30-day-long celebration befitting the old souls waiting in shelters for a retirement home of their very own. Here are 5 pets who understand that expert friendship is something you cultivate, refine, and apply liberally.

 

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Perfect Exposure for Kansas City’s Shelter Animals

KCavatarThe Perfect Exposure Project began as a seed of an idea back in 2013. It was planted by the realization that, while the HeARTs Speak community continues to welcome professional artists and photographers around the world with a passion for helping, sharing our collective knowledge can stretch our reach even further.

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Ridge Dogs: Sharing A Path to Betterment

Coyote Ridge Dogs Judy Devine HeARTs SpeakThroughout years of history, dogs have established themselves as (and evolved to become) star examples of good character and first-class companionship. Rolled into each of their respective resumes is one particularly standout quality: the ability to love unconditionally. Utterly free of judgment and supremely accepting, a dog can serve as a bridge between human worlds, cultivating unlikely connections and uniting minds.

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Merging Art and Education to Save Lives

JF_KCPEP_3131The wonderful thing about art is that it is limitless. There are no boundaries, no ‘don’t do that’s, and if you’re brave enough and bold enough, even the sky is no ceiling.

HeARTs Speak member artists employ myriad mediums to assist in the positive and powerful promotion of adoptable pets, endangered animals, and any creature big or small who might require a little human creativity and innovation to thrive.

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Many HeARTs Make Lifesaving Work: A Look At Our Reach

HSInfographicAvatar“Slow and steady wins the race.”

This rings especially true for the big races, like transforming the perception of shelter pets and getting more companion animals into loving homes. It’s no small task we’ve chosen to address, and it’s one that requires careful, consistent attention, care, creativity, and innovation — all things infused into the HeARTs Speak mission by our diverse group of members. (more…)

Your HeART’s Work

10922439_982359271793468_2502902208671611115_nAsk anyone why they volunteer or work with animals and you’ll probably get the same answer: fast cars, fame, and heaps of money. Oh wait, that’s why people want to be rock stars! People who work with animals do it because they care. Because it is their heart’s work. So let me ask you something, just between us: when was the last time you thought about how the work you do with animals is having an impact on your heart?

As a volunteer or a staff member at a shelter or rescue, you’re exposed to so many animals and people who are in need of help. (more…)

Are You Missing Out on These Social Media Opportunities?

HeartsspeakAV_2012-1No doubt social media is a great way to help bring more attention to your adoptables, along with other activities and campaigns going on in your organization. Unfortunately, it’s also a very crowded platform, and you compete with zillions of other messages to grab potential supporters and adopters attention.

While posting charismatic adoptable bios and huggable images is a great start, newsfeeds are crowded, images are everywhere, and it’s very easy for that right adopter to miss the dog or cat they’ve been looking for. (more…)

A New Friend in the Field

Untitled-2Batman is great, but let’s get one thing straight. You can bet Gotham would have stayed a big, scary mess a little longer if Robin hadn’t been tagging along for the ride. And is peanut butter truly as fantastic alone as it is with chocolate? Or jelly? Every Asterix needs their Obelix, and every Shaggy knows how important their Scooby is. What the faithful sidekick may lack in bravado, they make up for by quietly serving as the brains of the operation; the unfaltering support system that even tough-as-nails heroes need to succeed. (more…)

What is a Photo Worth?

photoworthavatarSome of the most memorable moments of our lives decorate our spaces in the form of photographs. They hang unassumingly amongst souvenirs, fridge magnets, and trinkets; tiny glimpses into windows of happiness. We grow so use to their presence, yet every time they catch our eye we are instantly flooded with emotion.

HeARTs Speak artists believe every homeless pet deserves a chance at being front and center on the family photo wall. Or occupying two thirds of your smartphone memory. (more…)

My Old Dog

avatar1Sometimes, not knowing what you are doing is a good thing. For me it has allowed more than one leap into unchartered territory.

On May 29, 2012, I saw a face that changed my life. A face that was full of sadness, hopelessness, and despair. When I think back to that day at the Carson Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, I still get a lump in my throat. (more…)

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

BearavatarNo offense to all the other months of the year, but October might be our favorite. Why, you ask? It’s not the change in season nor the crisp, colorful leaves that accompany it. It’s not the delightful act of pulling a much loved scarf out from its summer hibernation. It’s not even the Pumpkin Spice Lattes (though those ARE wonderful). We’re all about the dogs.

October is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and since HeARTs Speak was inspired by an unassuming pit bull named Iggy, it’s not a stretch to say we welcome the month the way a 6-year-old welcomes Christmas morning. (more…)

Artist Grant Recipient: Diana Bunch

BunchAvatarHeARTs Speak member, Diana Bunch, knows how to get creative on behalf of the animals in her community. Along with her weekly on-location photo shoots, Diana also invites adoptable pets to her studio for shoots, donates prints for fundraisers, and creates image clings, t-shirts, and posters for the shelters she volunteers with.

We’re delighted to announce Diana as the August recipient of the HeARTs Speak ‘Helping. Artists’ grant. Thanks to the generous support of people and organizations that share our passion for animals, HeARTs Speak is able to provide member artists with the resources and tools they need to prioritize their work in the animal welfare community. (more…)

Sheltered: Art Benefit for Animals At Risk

shelteredavatarHearts Speak member Charlene Logan Burnett is the founder and organizer behind Sheltered, a nationally curated art exhibit, which seeks to raise awareness of the staggering number of homeless animals who will never find shelter.

The show opens at Davis Arts Center, Davis, CA with a reception on Friday, October 10, 2014. The exhibit runs five weeks and closes with a silent auction on November 14. Over 50 artists, selected by curator Ryann Casey, will donate a portion of sales to beneficiaries of the exhibit: Alley Cat Allies4 R Friends, and Mow Wow Animals. (more…)