(SHELTER ANIMALS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) SAN FRANCISCO — Good Dog Art, a month-long silent auction benefit organized by Creative Rescue, an organization that works with non-profit art groups to promote animal rescue groups, is taking place in honor of Spay and Neuter Month. The fundraiser supports the SF SPCA and the Humane Society by selling fine artwork featuring man’s best friend.

Proceeds from the Good Dog Art fundraiser go to the SF SPCA’s “Take Your Best Shot” program which helps increase the adoption rate in high-kill shelters, and the HSUS’ “Pets for Life” program, which helps fund spay/neuter services in underserved communities.

Read on to learn more about how this event is helping animals in need. — Global Animal

The San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program improves the lives of those facing educational, physical or mental challenges by bringing humans and animals together.  Photo Credit: SF SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program improves the lives of those facing educational, physical, or mental challenges by bringing humans and animals together. Photo Credit: SF SPCA

GOOD DOG ART EXHIBITION AND SILENT AUCTION OPENS AT WAG HOTEL AND SAN FRANCISCO SPCA

Artwork Sales Benefit the SF SPCA’s “Take Your Best Shot” Program and the Humane Society of the United States “Pets for Life” Program

February is Spay and Neuter Month, recognized across the country by the Humane Society of the United States and the SPCA. Organized by Creative Rescue, Good Dog Art is a month-long silent auction and celebratory benefit event supporting both organizations with the sales of fine artwork featuring dogs.

Predominately photographic works, half of the pieces will be shown at San Francisco’s Wag Hotels, and the other half at the San Francisco SPCA’s Mission location. All work will also be shown online for bidding. Artists include William Wegman, Jessie Tarbox Beals, Eliot Erwitt, André Kertész, Nicholas Nixon, and many others.

These dogs are enjoying playtime at one of San Francisco's Wag Hotels. Photo credit: Gilt City
Dogs enjoy playtime at one of San Francisco’s Wag Hotels. Photo credit: Gilt City

A large portion of the artwork was donated by Ruth Silverman, a fine art dealer and collector, with the rest donated by various Bay Area galleries, artists, and photographers. Additionally, auction participants will have the opportunity to bid on six different custom portrait sessions of their own pets donated by Bay Area photographers.

On Thursday, February 26th, San Francisco’s Wag Hotels will host a party celebrating Good Dog Art, which will be the final opportunity to bid in the silent auction. Proceeds will benefit both the SPCA’s “Take Your Best Shot” program, which increases the adoption rate in high-kill, low-income shelters by presenting quality, attractive portraits of available pets to potential adopters.

Proceeds will also go to The Humane Society’s “Pets for Life” program, which addresses the need for spay/neuter services in underserved communities, where up to 90% of pets are unaltered.

Some of the artists involved in Good Dog Art are William Wegman, Jessie Tarbox Beals, Eliot Erwitt, André Kertész, and Nicholas Nixon.
Some of the artists involved in Good Dog Art are William
Wegman, Jessie Tarbox Beals, Eliot Erwitt, André Kertész, and Nicholas Nixon. Photo Credit: SF SPCA

Good Dog Art Party and Silent Auction

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

5:30 – 7:30 PM at Wag Hotels, 25 14th Street, San Francisco

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Purchase tickets: http://tinyurl.com/GoodDogArt

From February 6 – 26th, artwork will be on display at:

Wag Hotels 25 14th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 www.waghotels.com

SF SPCA 201 Alabama Street San Francisco, CA 94103 www.sfspca.org

Starting February 1st, view the artwork and start bidding online:

http://tinyurl.com/GoodDogArt

The SFSPCA “Take your Best Shot” program increases the adoption rate in high-kill, low income shelters by presenting dogs by way of attractive, uncaged photographic portraits. This strategy proved to be highly effective at a recent test at the Stockton, CA shelter, where there was a strong increase in adoptions.

Recognizing that people’s love for their pets transcends socioeconomic circumstances and cultural differences, The Humane Society’s “Pets for Life” program is making transformational change for cats and dogs by reaching out to people in underserved communities and addressing the need for affordable, accessible pet care. In many such places, up to 90% of dogs and cats are unaltered.

About Creative Rescue: Founded in 2011, Marin-based Creative Rescue works with non-profit arts groups to create products and events that benefit animal rescue groups.

More Creative Rescue: www.creativerescue.net

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