Artists Helping Animals is HeARTs Speak’s seminal program that currently includes a network of nearly 600 professional artists working in a variety of mediums, who provide their services pro bono or donate their work to animal shelters, rescues, and advocacy groups.





In the United States, only 25-30% of pets living in homes were adopted from a shelter or rescue, and globally this number can be even lower


Motivated by these sobering statistics, the goal of the Artists Helping Animals program is to improve the image of animal shelters and animals in need. Artist members contribute their services through beautiful, professional-quality imagery and promotional pieces, including photographs, graphic design, writing, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, drawings, and videos, to support and empower animal welfare organizations. Each year, this program impacts over 350,000 animals who are awaiting homes across the globe. Monthly, HeARTs Speak artist members are giving more than 15,000 hours of time and working in 1/3 of the animal shelters in the U.S. alone.
Rita is a senior dog lover, adopting and fostering hospice dogs for the past ten years. Her passion for both dogs and photography has made her the happiest girl in the world. Rita is currently working with over twenty rescue groups and city shelters in southern California, and will always make time for a dog in need!
Nicholas first learned to photograph animals in 2006 while volunteering as a walker with the local SPCA, and has been helping other shelters like Love Kuching Project since then. What he loves most about his work is knowing that his photos help animals find homes faster!
Gina loves animals, especially dogs, and volunteers her photography to Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue. Nothing warms her heart more than trying to help rescue animals find forever homes — and having some of the all-time cutest photography subjects! As well as photography, Gina loves to draw and paint animals and nature. 


Central to the Artists Helping Animals program is a deep and abiding respect for animals and humans, and the acknowledgment that it is only through collaboration that we will reach our goal


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