Pets and Domestic Violence

Okey stray cat
“Okey” (Artwork by BZTAT)

Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause begain as a public art project designed to create awareness about the connections between animal maltreatment, child abuse and domestic violence. Statistics back up my own anecdotal experiences from being a therapist for trauma survivors for twenty years.

When animals are suffering in society, children are too. When there is violence to animals, there is likely violence to children and others who may be defenseless.

There is a strong link. When animals are in danger, chances are, children are too.

The purpose of Okey’s Promise, named for a small rescued cat, initially was to create artworks to be prominently viewed in the community to generate interest and awareness about the links between domestic violence and pet abuse. Although other themes are now being embraced by Okey’s Promise, this issue remains central to the initiative.

The video below explains the genesis of the project.

I completed a successful fund raising campaign in early  2011 to obtain the resources to create the first Okey’s Promise public artwork through That piece, the “Safe Animals Safe Kids” mural was completed in July of 2011 and dedicated on August 5, 2011 in Canton, OH.

Two subsequent projects on the same theme were completed with crowd funding resources and community grant funding in 2012 and 2014.

It is important to get the message out about helping animals, children, and families together. The more Promise Keepers the better! Please share the message with others as we share in this journey.

Life is an Adventure!


Public art to make our world a better place for all creatures great and small.