Oftentimes the dogs in our nation’s shelters do not cross the public’s mind. Many have their own dogs or don’t want a dog or would prefer to purchase a dog from a breeder. As a result, approximately 5,500 dogs are euthanized each day in our shelter system.
Aware of this staggering statistic and in an effort to raise awareness, artist Mark Barone painted 5,500, 12”x12” portraits of shelter dogs, his website, An Act of Dog, states. All of the dogs he painted have lost their lives. He is also in the process of painting 11 8’x8’ portraits. Barone, along with his wife, Marina Dervan, are working toward housing the paintings in the Museum of Compassion, which they hope will “build a forever fund for the animals and the amazing groups across our great nation who are [dedicated] to preserving their lives.” The exhibition will donate 100% of its proceeds to saving shelter animals.
Check out some of the portraits Barone has painted:
If you wish to help Barone get these paintings in the new museum, donation options are available on the An Act of Dog website. Additional information can also be found on the site.