Dog art and animal artists have had, in my experience, a long-time relationship with animal shelter fundraisers. Artists have focused on societal ills such as dogs and domestic violence, dogs and breed specific prejudice, but an idea from An Act of Dog was unusual, fresh. To some traditionalists in the shelter world, it is also controversial.
Mark Barone and Marina Dervan, the artist and his partner, are working to protect the lives of animals by ensuring that America’s animal shelters adopt the no kill model. Why? Because when Marina found that 5500 pets were killed every day in shelters across the US, and there was a fully-functioning no kill shelter open admission model saving lives every day, both she and Mark felt compelled to do something. That something turned out to be a big idea: Continue reading