Many of you know that I have been involved with taking photos of homeless animals, in the hopes of finding them homes. I became the PR and marketing director of HeARTs Speak this year and have been working on several projects to further this goal.


HeARTs Speak recently applied for BarkBox’s Hugo Challenge.  Out of 50 applicants, we have been chosen as one of the TOP THREE finalists! The winner will get $10,000 to fund a unique project that helps animals in shelters.


We will use the funds from the Hugo Challenge to spearhead the HeARTs Speak Shelter and Community Training Initiative. Our plan is to work with 2 of the largest high-kill shelters in the country. (Carson and South LA are in the mix of choices) We will provide each shelter with digital cameras, lenses, lighting equipment and backdrops.


A team comprised of HeARTs Speak members will present a two-day workshop in which we will train shelter employees and volunteers to utilize this equipment to create the types of photographs that get animals noticed, and adopted quickly.


These workshops will be professionally filmed and made into a training video. The end product will be a tool that HeARTs Speak can share with shelter workers and animal advocates across the globe. To reduce the number of animals killed in shelters each year we need only to shift the public’s perception and increase adoption by a small percentage.


Together, we can do this!  You can vote ONCE A DAY between now and December 14th so please do, and share on your pages and get your fans to vote daily too! 2013 is going to be a stellar year, and this will be a great way to kick it off! Thank you so much for helping us to help the animals.  To vote, click on the link below and just check the VOTE box!


Please feel free to share this information via email, on you facebook pages, twitter, wherever you can!  Thank you so much!

My son Aaron is on a once in a lifetime trip.

When he informed my wife and I that he was taking a camping trip we were shocked. As “roughing it” for him is anywhere there isn’t wi-fi. Last week he made the flight to Bangkok is spent this past week camping in the rainforest of Thailand. Did I mention the mode of transportation was via elephant?

He has sent a text that he is back in civilization. Well almost, all the lizards scattered when he entered his hotel room and turned on the lights. We can’t wait to hear about his adventure and see all the pictures.


I did a photo shoot not to long ago for a rescue in the Mojave.

It’s a ridiculous situation. It’s a rescue and sanctuary on 10 acres. The woman retired as a school teacher 10 yrs ago and bought this place. She is a 501c3 nonprofit, registered with the county etc etc…saving dogs/cats for all this time and now the city says she needs separate paperwork filed for the dogs. So they are making her get rid of the dogs. If not they will seize them. (which means most likely put them down) Once the dogs are gone they will give her the proper permits. (which could take a month, or six months…you know how slow government moves)

Anyway, that’s the story. Her time was up Sept 16. They could take them at any time now.

So..I’ve been networking the crap out of them. I have some connections in Oregon that are willing to take some of them. Still working on some.

These are my favorites and have no rescue or foster (or home) at the moment. They are all seniors. I met them all and they are wonderful. All dog friendly. It’s my mission to do all I can to help place them.

So…any help you can give…I would appreciate it.

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