Photographing Shelter Cats: Tips from a Pro

Despite the fact that there are an estimated 80 million pet cats living in homes in the U.S alone, it’s still widely understood that there is a higher percentage of cats than dogs entering our animal shelters. While there may be a variety of factors involved, it...

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What We HeART: August

'What We HeART' is a monthly curated collection of awesome and inspiring things, ideas, and happenings from the world of animal welfare. Can you believe it's August?! Us, either, but we sure are excited about the approaching season of crunchy leaves and comfy outdoor...

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What’s New With Facebook and Instagram

Did you wake up this morning and notice your Facebook business page looked a little different? Maybe even a bit swankier, dare we say?! Or perhaps your Instagram now has this funny little row of twirling circles at the top? It’s probably not the first time you’ve...

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Celebrating Success and Setting Aside Fear

In July, the animal sheltering community celebrated more than 47,000 pet adoptions in just one day when nearly 700 shelters across the United States participated in Clear the Shelters Day! This lifesaving day was sponsored by NBCUniversal and allowed community...

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What We HeART: July

'What We HeART' is a monthly curated collection of awesome and inspiring things, ideas, and happenings from the world of animal welfare.   The dog days of summer are in full swing — which is just fine by us dog lovers! Sunny days have inspired some exciting...

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3 Tips for Choosing a Rescue Photoshoot Location

Location, location, location. It’s not just the key to success for hopeful homeowners; it’s a worthwhile consideration when creatively marketing shelter pets, too. Kim de Araujo, a professional photographer and HeARTs Speak member, could pass for a realtor given her...

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Be Well, Do Good: 6 Simple Self-Care Ideas

In our excitement to do as much good as we can for animals, many of us stop taking care of own needs. Lack of interest in our own self-care is both a symptom of and a result of compassion fatigue. But self-sacrifice isn’t sustainable. Too often, taking care of...

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Tips for Rocking Social Media on a Tight Schedule

Hands up if your to-do list currently resembles the opening crawl from Return of the Jedi. Somewhere along our evolutionary journey from smoke signals to Snapchat, life got busy. Like, really busy. And let's be real: sometimes social media can feel like both the cause...

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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...

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3 Steps to Finding Your Creative Style

As 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...

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2015: A Year of Artist Empowerment

Since 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...

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One Year of Perfect Exposure

At 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,...

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What HeARTs Speak Artists Are Thankful For

As 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...

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Old n’ Bold: 6 Senior Pets Who Get Friendship

Fine 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...

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Ridge Dogs: Sharing A Path to Betterment

Throughout 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...

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Merging Art and Education to Save Lives

The 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...

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Your HeART’s Work

Ask 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...

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