HeARTs Speak is a 501c3 international nonprofit organization that’s uniting 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 unite art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals
  • 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. Without a good photo, many animals in shelters remain unseen, waiting indefinitely for a family to find them. Our network of over 500 artists helps pets get home up to 60% faster by putting them in the spotlight.

The Perfect Exposure Project (PEP) is an interactive skill-building program focused on photography and marketing. Effectively promoting pets and programs is often a hurdle to those working and volunteering in shelters or rescues. Through hands-on and virtual training we make marketing easier for everyone, no matter their resources or budget.

EDU is an online library filled with the tools and tips to help connect with the community. Animal shelters and rescues are constantly faced with triage and urgency, making it hard to create marketing materials from scratch. Explore our custom-built, community-driven graphics and templates that make beautiful and efficient marketing a reality.


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 staff, artist members, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, clients, shelter partners and the greater community.