HeARTs Speak

When artists and communities come together to help animals, everybody wins!

Artists. Helping. Animals.

About Us

OUR MISSION & VISION

HeARTs Speak’s Mission is to create a united voice for animals through art

The Vision of HeARTs Speak is a global community that treats animals with compassion and respect

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Work Together - Encourage respectful collaboration with our peers in the artist and animal welfare communities in order to create a significant collective impact
  • Embrace Humility - Maintain an attitude of humility in our work, as we are dedicating it to something greater than ourselves
  • Share Successes - Share local successes with the global community
  • Be Nice (to animals and people) 
  • Always consider both sides of the lens

    Partners & Sponsors

    The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.Visit Website

    Adopt-a-Pet.com is a non-profit pet adoption charity that helps shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free. We’re all about getting homeless pets into homes. We use the power of TV, the Internet and a toll-free phone number to connect adopters with shelter pets and help pets go from alone to adopted. Visit Website

    Animal Farm Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, has been rescuing and re-homing animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations, since the mid-1980′s. They currently dedicate resources to securing equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. Whether the dog is called a “pit bull” because of a documented pedigree, or merely on the basis of physical appearance, recognizing that these dogs are individuals for whom we are responsible is an integral step toward a compassionate future for all dogs.

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    BarkBox sends a box of high quality dog products to your pup, every month! BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal? To make dogs happy. If this requires giving belly scratches until they get carpal tunnel or listening to squeaky toys until their ears bleed, that’s cool. They want to find people who love their dogs as much as they love theirs and delight + surprise them each month. More importantly– they want to help rescue as many dogs as possible along the way. Use the code HeABBX1 to get $10 off AND Barkbox will donate $10 to Hearts Speak with every order! Visit Website

    The Bark is the first magazine devoted to exploring the relationship and bond between people and their dogs. Founded in 1997, this award-winning publication is acclaimed for its wide-ranging views, timely commentary, rich literary offerings, and innovative art and design. It supports and advocates responsible dog guardianship, dog rescue, dog-friendly policies, dog parks and strengthening the human-canine bond. Visit Website


    Ink and Elm Backdrops is an extended family-owned-and-operated backdrop shop dedicated to beautifying photography with user friendly and custom backdrops! With Ink and Elm backdrops, you can shoot in the comfort of your own home or studio with a variety of backgrounds, floors, and photo shoot themes. Ink and Elm backdrops are portable, easily stored and printed on the highest quality, tear resistant, matte vinyl. Visit Website


    Paw Print Divas Workshop: Paw Print Divas unique workshop will help you identify your personal style and expand your creative vision and artistic approach to dog photography. Visit Website

    The Virginia-Maryland Dog Magazine: The Virginia-Maryland Dog Magazine is your source for serious canine related information written by well-respected and highly experienced professionals in the field of canine medicine, training, and nutrition just to name a few. No filler, no reprinted material or outdated information. Visit Website

    5Daydeal works with top creators to provide incredible value on high quality niche products bundled together and sold for a limited time only. A portion of every bundle sold goes to benefit awesome charitable causes around the world.. Visit Website

    Board of Directors

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    Sarah Tomolonius is the President of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors. Sarah is the Senior Professional, Management Reporting & Analytics at Arlon, a private investment group in New York. Prior to this, she was at Citi Private Equity, where she monitored and reported on $2.8 billion in assets. In addition to prior work at the money management firm Birinyi Associates and the public relations firm Edelman, she has held positions in the non-profit sector at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Hepatitis Research Foundation. Sarah received a BA in English from Vassar College and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she received a fellowship for International Finance and Policy. In addition to HeARTs Speak, she serves on the Young Executive Board at iMentor and mentors with iMentor, the Columbia University Women’s Business Society, and the SIPA Alumni Mentoring Program and also serves on the SIPA Alumni Council. Email Sarah

    Carolyn EvansCarolyn Evans is the Secretary of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors. Her Cincinnati, OH studio, phoDOGrapher, has been photographing pets and their people since 2000. Carolyn brings a breadth of organizational and non-profit board experience to the role. She received her BA in Business Management from Purdue University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. She has 8 years experience consulting in Reengineering and Change Management. In the non-profit arena, she founded Happy Tales a decade ago, creating note cards featuring heartwarming stories and photos of adopted animals. She served as Board President to Cincinnati’s United Coalition for Animals, leading the opening of the region’s only low-cost, high-volume, non-profit spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs, performing more than 60,000 surgeries to date! She is founder and host of My Furry Valentine, an annual animal adoption event that has placed more than 1,300 animals in its three year history. Carolyn’s advocacy and photography work have been featured in The Bark and A-Line magazines, America’s Top Dog Model and Paws for Charity calendars, The Accelerated Cure Project’s Canine Calendar for a Cause, Barron’s Education Series, Purina: Tales for the pet lover’s heart and Dogster.com.
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    LPF_IggyLisa Prince Fishler is HeARTs Speak’s Founder, Executive Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors. She founded HeARTs Speak with the belief that there is power in numbers and by working together, we can have the strongest impact. HeARTs Speak was born from Lisa’s sadness and frustration that millions of adoptable animals are unnecessarily euthanized each year, coupled with her belief that if we support people to do what they feel passionately about, the world will naturally become a better place. As the owner, and photographer for her pet photography business, Printz Photography, Lisa was often torn between working for paying clients and volunteering her time to help animals that, in some cases, had their lives in danger. HeARTs Speak was the answer. She believes that passion is the spark that can ignite change and works to bring people together to effect social change. Lisa received her BA from Vassar College and an MA from Goddard College.  Email Lisa

    Photo of Jill FlynnJill Flynn is the Chair of HeARTs Speak’s Community Outreach Committee. Jill is a Phoenix, Arizona based photographer that specializes in Pet Photography. She works closely with numerous animal welfare organizations and volunteers her services by taking photographs of shelter animals as well as teaches other volunteers how to take photographs of animals. She is a firm believer in being involved in community and giving back. Jill also teaches photography for The Perfect Picture School of Photography, does private instruction, workshops, photography mentoring and creates stock imagery for Getty and Corbis. Her work has been used commercially, appeared on book covers, in fine art magazines and private galleries. Clients and credits include ABC Good Morning America, Avalon Television, Avanti Press, Bloomberg Business Week, National Veterinary Associates, NBC Universal, Oxford University Press. Email Jill

    Photo_of_EricaMErica Matyas is HeARTs Speak’s Creative Director and Chair of the Animal Welfare Organization Committee. As a portrait photographer and freelancer in the film and television industry, Erica has been employed in both the non-profit and public arts sector, forming a widespread group of contacts in the creative industries. She has held positions on various projects from major motion pictures and television series to commercials and film festivals. She earned her B.F.A from the University of Central Florida, after being selected to join their limited-admission Film Production program in 2000. An internship with National Geographic Television sealed the deal on her preferred genre of documentary filmmaking and exploring the small things that create a large impact. She started her photography business, Photohound Dog Photography, in 2004 and continues to promote her passion for filmmaking, photography and animal advocacy across all creative platforms. Email Erica

    Kelly Schulze is Chair of HeARTs Speak’s Artist Committee. She is a Certified Professional Photographer and owns Mountain Dog Photography in northern Vermont. Kelly is known for her animal portraiture, especially her work related to animal rescue. She and her husband, Ian, volunteer weekly with Humane Society of Chittenden County, the largest animal shelter in the state. Kelly’s work with HSCC has won awards, been used as the basis for a high school art fundraiser project, and is featured on HeARTs Speak’s website. Kelly and Ian also volunteer with Ivana Iguana Wisdom and Rescue in Burlington, Vermont. IIWR focuses on rehoming exotic pets such as reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish and educating the public about their proper care. Kelly has been an animal lover her entire life. She volunteered for her local shelter in high school, attended an agricultural high school, and majored in Animal Science at University of Vermont. She has worked in the equine and dairy industries. In addition to domestic animals Kelly has a passion for wildlife and family vacations are often planned around a particular location, species or ecosystem. Kelly and Ian share their home with 6 cats and 5 dogs, all rescues. Several chickens also give the family fresh food, insect control, and much entertainment. Email Kelly

    Staff Directory

    Photo of Jenny FrohJenny Froh is HeARTs Speak’s Membership Coordinator, and a Certified Professional Photographer who services the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has been a professional photographer for over 5 years, but began specializing in pets 3 years ago when her first dog passed away. It was then she realized that she didn’t have any good pictures of her beloved Bullmastiff of 13 years. While building her pet portfolio, she volunteered for Bullmastiff Rescue, Pug Rescue, and her local Humane Society. To this day she is still highly active with these and several other wonderful rescue organizations. Jenny’s work has been featured on the cover of Bark Magazine and Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine. Not only is she an animal advocate, but has 3 dogs of her own (along with at least 1-2 foster cats at any given time). Email Jenny

    Photo of Ian SchulzeIan Schulze is HeARTs Speak’s IT support. He has worked at IBM in Vermont for ten years where he currently sits on their technical support team. He is also in the process of getting his degree in computer engineering at Vermont Technical College. He and his wife, Kelly Schulze provide pro bono photography services to the Humane Society of Chittenden County: Kelly takes the photos and Ian wrangles cats and small animals. When not at work, Ian can be found playing with computers, editing Wikipedia, juggling, and wandering the woods with his dogs.
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    photo_hannahHannah Michalski is a HeARTs Speak Social Media Coordinator and Writer. She is the owner of Atlanta based How About Pictures, specializing in honest, playful portraiture for pets, children and babies. Before embarking on her professional photography journey, Hannah was a dedicated employee of the pet rescue world; a kennel worker, then a shelter manager, but always a devoted servant to what she considers Gods among people – companion animals. Hannah is originally from New Zealand and it was there that she earned her art degree, with a major in photography. Once her career in pet rescue wound down, photography was a natural transition but she was unable to ignore how beneficial her photos had been to the animals she helped rescue and rehome. With that fire for change still burning bright, Hannah balances client work with volunteering her photography services to local Atlanta rescues, including Urban Pet Project, Fighting For Dawn, The Park Pet Haven Rescue and Fulton County Animal Services. She believes in the good in people, the quiet power of a picture and above all else, the importance of caring for and cherishing our fellow living beings. Email Hannah

    Alicia PicAlicia Bailey is HeARTs Speak’s Press Coordinator, Writer and pet photographer located in Rancho Mirage, CA. After a brief stint in corporate America, she decided to follow her heart and work for the animals full time. She dedicates her time and skills photographing homeless animals for rescues and shelters, sponsoring fundraisers through her studio a+b photography and providing occasional freedom rides. Alicia has worked with several organizations including: APe Action, Best Friends Animal Society, NKLA, Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue, Everything Rosie, Pacific Coast Dog Rescue and Living Free Animal Sanctuary. Email Alicia

    Advisory Council

    LoriAvLori Fusaro has worked as a photographer since 1996. Her boutique studio, Fusaro Photography, is based in Los Angeles, CA, where she is well known for her lifestyle portraiture of pets. She was honored as the top portrait photographer in the L.A. area for four consecutive years and her work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show Pets and in the book ‘So You Want To Be A Pet Photographer’. Lori is also the staff photographer for Best Friends Animal Society. Many of her photographs have received critical acclaim and graced the pages and covers of calendars, magazines and been showcased in art shows. She has worked successfully with several animal organizations including: • BAD RAP • HeARTs Speak • Idaho Humane Society • Born Again Pit Bull Rescue • The Unexpected Pit Bull • Wings Of Rescue • Angel City Pit Bulls • k9 connection • Guide Dogs For The Blind • Pin Ups For Pups •

    AmandaAvAmanda Jones has been photographing dogs, exclusively for private and commercial clients across the United States. Her style is simple and elegant, highlighting each subject’s expressive features. Amanda maintains a busy US travel schedule that allows private clients in most major metropolitan areas access to her services. Her work has been used to create packaging and print advertising campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized pet brands. Amanda’s work has been featured in countless national publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Bark Magazine and the German dog magazine, Dogs. She has appeared on several television shows including Good Morning America, The Early Show and San Francisco’s Evening Magazine. She has published four books of her photographs. She and her husband, Chris, work together from her studio in the northern part of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It is located on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA. She is devoted to her Dachshund, Benny and her cat, Ethel Mertz. And of course, her twelve year old daughter, Sophie.

    MichaelAvMichael Kloth first picked up a camera around the time that his dog Little Bit was diagnosed with lymphoma. Realizing that he had a precious opportunity to create keepsake images of her while she was still responding to chemotherapy, he began a journey that led directly to his career today. Without Little Bit, Michael is certain that he would not be the person that he is today.
    Michael earned his MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University where the focus of his thesis work was photographing adoptable animals. Michael has worked with countless rescue animals across Kentucky, Washington, and now Arizona. He is a Certified Professional Photographer and is the author of two books – Shelter Cats (2010) and Shelter Puppies (2011). Since earning his degree, Michael has taught fine art and photography classes at Washington State University through their Tri-Cities campus. Michael splits his time professionally between teaching, working with rescues, retail and commercial clients, and creating fine art.Michael shares his life in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife Robin and three adopted dogs, Lyle, Spring, and Maebe.

    Susanne Kogut is the Executive Director of the Petco Foundation. Prior to joining Petco, she was the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Executive Director, where she transformed the open-admission SPCA from an organization with financial problems, contentious volunteer/employee relationships, a high euthanasia rate and minimal spay/neuter services into an award-winning, model organization recognized nationally for its lifesaving efforts. Before embarking on her animal welfare career, Susanne held several positions at Capital One Financial Corporation, including associate general counsel, director of corporate finance and director of community reinvestment. Prior to that, she was a corporate finance & securities attorney in the Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Brown & Wood. She received her B.A. in Finance in 1986 and J.D. in 1990 from the University of Houston.

    CaitlinAvCaitlin Quinn is the Director of Operations for Animal Farm Foundation. She received her BA in Communications and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. Caitlin acts as program manager for many of Animal Farm Foundation’s initiatives, including the grants and awards program and professional development programs, which include internships, workshops and webinars for animal welfare professionals. She also directs the organization’s marketing and communications, including managing promotional and educational content creation. Caitlin’s main focus is supporting shelter workers, veterinarians, animal control officers and community advocates in the work that they do to end discriminatory policies and practices, both in their organizations and in their communities.

    NatalieAv2A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Natalie Smith has spent most of her life involved in animal welfare. While rescuing and rehoming stray cats from her urban community garden, Natalie became involved with Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, eventually becoming a volunteer, dog foster parent, and finally staff member as Community Programs Coordinator. Over six years and through multiple organizational transitions, Natalie became the Assistant Director of Operations at Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly). While at ACCT Philly, Natalie developed, managed and expanded the shelter’s Life Saving (foster, adoption and rescue transfer) and volunteer programs, including managing the shelter’s relationship with HeARTs Speak’s Perfect Exposure Project. The unique “Pen Pal” program that Natalie created and implemented has been nationally recognized by the animal welfare community, and Natalie has presented and co-presented at regional and national conferences on expanding foster programs and on “open” adoption programs. As of April 2014, Natalie has moved to the West Sound area of Washington State to be the Director of Animal Welfare at Kitsap Humane Society, where she oversees all shelter operations and life saving programs. Natalie has three cats, two dogs, and a rotating cast of foster animals.

    A Special Thank You…

    Deep gratitude to the following HeARTs Speak members for donating the beautiful artwork that decorates our website.

    We would like to extend a tremendous thank you to Jacquie Childers and her company, Enso Blue, whose steadfast project management and unmatched design skills played a critical role in the creation of this site, and to Jill Caren of 2 Dogs Design and Steph Skardal of Steph Skardal Photography for their patience, knowledge and diligent contribution to the site’s development.

    Enso Blue Enso Blue
    Steph Skardal Photography
    • Bailey & Banjo
    • Beth Connolly Portraits
    • Brindleberry Custom Pet Photography
    • Christine Jerzy Head
    • Dean Russo Art
    • Fusaro Photography
    • Hany Hosny Photography
    • Houndstooth Studio
    • Leesia Teh Photography
    • Michael Kloth Photography
    • Mountain Dog Photography, LLC
    • Photo Lab Pet Photography
    • Printz Photography
    • Ruthless Photos
    • Southern Exposures Photography
    • Susan Garriques
    • Teresa Berg Photography
    • Tischman Pet Photography
    • Tyler Dog Photography
    • Visual Harmony Photography
    • Zoo Studio Animal Art Photography
    • Christine J. Head | Painting with a Purpose
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