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Public Debut of the Okey’s Promise: Celebrating the Human – Animal Bond Project

Painting of a white and gray by Artist BZTAT
Painting by Artist BZTAT

The artwork for the Okey’s Promise: Celebrating the Human – Animal Bond Project has been complete for some time now, but we were waiting for the right time to begin sharing it with the public.

I have been working with the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. to plan some events in conjunction with their 35th Anniversary year celebrations, and we are looking forward to making a strong impact on the community.


Our first event will be tomorrow, May 3, 2013 during the First Friday celebrations in downtown Canton, OH’s Arts District. We are also planning exhibits at the Massillon Museum, Malone University, and other locations throughout the Stark County Community. Stay tuned!

If you are in Canton tomorrow, I hope you will join us. The weather is predicted to be fabulous! Here are the particulars:

Okey’s Promise: Celebrating the Human – Animal Bond

First Friday Event

An artistic celebration of animal rescue volunteers and domestic violence advocates coming together for mutual benefit of the community.

Pit Bull dog painting collage by Artist BZTAT
Painting by BZTAT

Time: 6:00pm until 9:00pm
Location: At the “Safe Animals Safe Kids” mural, hanging on the side of the Imperial Room at 4th St. NW and Court Ave. in Downtown Canton.

Artist BZTAT will exhibit her latest Okey’s Promise public art project, an exhibit of 9 artworks highlighting the connections between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence, with guests from the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. and local animal rescue groups. The artworks are positive and uplifting, showing the faces of children and companion pets who have triumphed over adversity. At risk youth and women affected by domestic violence contributed to the backgrounds of the artworks. The project was funded by a grant from ArtsInStark and private donations through crowdfunding efforts.

Painting of a young girl by Artist BZTAT
Painting by BZTAT

Rescue groups include: Peace for Pets, Friends of Stark Pound, Second Chance for Animals, Rose’s Rescue, and others. Pets available for adoption will be present!

Want to know more about the Okey’s Promise: Celebrating the Human – Animal Bond Project? Read more here, and watch the video below that was created for the fundraising campaign.

Found Animals Foundation: Helping Families and Pets Find Each Other

Tigger – a loveable cat seeking a home.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Found Animals Foundation (FAF) is sponsoring my presentation about Okey’s Promise at at the BlogPaws pet bloggers conference  later this week. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a presenter at the best pet lovers conference around, and I am thrilled to be a part of the great work that Found Animals does for pets.

FAF assists efforts to curb pet overpopulation in the Los Angeles, CA area. They collaborate with a number of spay/neuter and animal adoption programs, and they also sponsor a number of their own initiatives.

They currently have the “Cat Days of Summer” initiative running, featuring special programs and information for cat lovers. As an avowed “Crazy Cat lady” who has a passion for rescuing and helping cats without homes, I find this initiative to be so valuable.

The initiative includes an “adopt a kitten” program which helps people adopt 2 cats for the price of one, with FAF paying the adoption fees of the second animal. The also have a “cat spay or neuter” special going on, offering 3,000 low-cost cat spay & neuter surgeries in Los Angeles through September 2011. They are offering spay/neuter surgeries for $15 for male cats and $25 for female cats with no income restrictions. (Call 1-888-WE-SPAY-LA (1-888-937-7295) for more information or to make an appointment).

The cat days of summer also features tips and information about cats that are helpful to both new adopters and seasoned cat lovers.

Three things are clear to me about FAF:

1) They are serious about the problem of pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia, and they are showing it by offering effective and proactive programming to address the problem.

2) They recognize that educating people about responsible pet ownership helps to reduce both abandonment and abuse to pets.

3) They love cats! (OK, they love all animals, as do I, but I like that they are paying extra attention to the felines.)

I look back on the time when I rescued Okey, and I realize how valuable this kind of programming is. Although I had help from friends in pet rescue, and although I was experienced at having pets in my home, it was a rather scary sort of process. And despite the fact that I took Okey to a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, her surgery and shots weren’t cheap. Luckily, I had friends who donated money to help with her care. Many people, however, are not so lucky. And many pet owners have found themselves in unanticipated financial crises of late.

Thank you Found Animals for sponsoring my co-presenter Miah Thornton and me at BlogPaws. But more than anything, thank you for helping so many pets and families overcome the obstacles to finding each other.


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Okey’s Promise Featured at BlogPaws Pet Bloggers Conference

Found Animals Foundation

Thanks to my wonderful sponsors Found Animals Foundation, I will be presenting at the BlogPaws pet bloggers conference about Okey’s Promise on Aug. 26. This will be a different sort of presentation, however.

I am teaming up with young dancer and blogger Miah Thornton to present an artistic and inspirational dramatization of the project. Art moves us to action more than mere words, so we have chosen to share with images and movement as the focus of the presentation.

I am very grateful for Found Animals Foundation‘s sponsorship at BlogPaws. They are an organization that does so much for animal welfare, and their mission is completely compatible with the Okey’s Promise project.

Found Animals is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding unique and entrepreneurial solutions to pet overpopulation and to reducing unnecessary euthanization of stray pets. One major focus of the organization is promoting pet identification as a preventative measure, so that lost pets can be returned home rather than euthanized. They promote pet microchipping as a means to ensure that pets will be returned to their homes should they get lost. Pet adoption is also a primary focus of the organization.

Found Animals also provides valuable resources for responsible pet care to educate the public about pet needs. Responsible pet care is the key to eliminating abuse and abandonment with pets.

I hope that I will see you at BlogPaws in Tysons Corner, VA , Aug. 25-27! You can find registration information here if you have not yet signed up!


The “Safe Animals Safe Kids” mural is ready for its debut!

"Safe Animals Safe Kids" mural by BZTAT

The “Safe Animals Safe Kids” mural, created through the support of 85 Kickstarter backers, is complete!

The mural consists of three 4′ W x 8′ H wood panels (making a 12′ W x 8’H mural) and a sign that explains the project as a part of the Okey’s Promise mission. The mural will be hung on an exterior wall of the Imperial Room, a restaurant/lounge in the Canton Ohio Arts District at 420 Court Ave. NW, on Monday, August 1,2011.

The mural will be dedicated with much fanfare during the Canton First Friday festivities on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm. The Critter Parade, a tradition of First Fridays, will end its route at the mural, and at that point, we will share some fun and inspiration with words from ArtsinStark President and C.E.O. Robb Hankins, Stacey Giammarco of the Domestic Violence Partnership, Inc., and myself.

As is tradition with my animal themed murals, local animal rescue groups with adoptable animals will be part of the dedication. You just might meet your new best friend there!

If you can make it to Canton, OH I hope that you will join in the celebration! If not, we will have a live broadcast on UStream so you can attend from anywhere in the world. Stay tuned for details!

What: Dedication of the “Safe Animals Safe Kids” mural by artist BZTAT

Where: 420 Court Ave. NW, Canton, OH

When: Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm