HeARTs Speak is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that unites art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. We’re dedicated to changing the way the world sees shelter animals through programs that leverage creativity and collaboration to ensure more animals are Seen and Saved.

our mission & vision

  • HeARTs Speak’s Mission is to use creativity and art to amplify the lifesaving of animal shelters and rescues by helping them build deeper connections with their communities.
  • The Vision of HeARTs Speak is a global community that treats all animals and people with compassion and respect


HeARTs Speak relies on a system of core beliefs to guide us in pursuit of our mission. These include:

  • Work Together
  • Be Kind
  • Embrace Humility
  • Share Success
  • Be Considerate

our programs

Artists Helping Animals is a community of creatives providing pro-bono services to animal welfare organizations. Our global network of 500+ artists, primarily photographers, provides more than 20,000 hours of creative service each month and helps shine a light on over 450,000 animals every year.

The Perfect Exposure Project (PEP) provides virtual and hands-on photography and marketing workshops directly to animal welfare organizations. Since 2013, more than 360 shelters and rescues across 41 locations, have learned new marketing tactics that are custom-designed for their unique work.

The Marketing Resource Center is a multimedia library aimed at making communications, promotion, and community engagement easier for time-strapped organizations. This one-stop shop for marketing education and tools gives shelters & rescues creative solutions to increasing connections and lifesaving.


Over 4 million pets will enter shelters this year and they need to be seen in order find a home quickly.
With your support, the work we are able to do is far-reaching: Helping shelters in your local community, and beyond

Non-Discrimination Statement

HeARTs Speak does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or program operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our board of directors, staff, artist members, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, clients, shelter partners and the greater community.