Thursday, October 27, 2016

Furball Fun!

Sam I Am with his finished portrait.
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has been a huge part of my life over the past 5 years or so since I started giving my free time to their volunteer program. As an open-admission shelter, the staff and volunteers of this shelter set out to become a No Kill organization, and happily have achieved just that over the past 6 years, with 90% or more (usually more) of the animals in their care finding a forever family or being placed into a local, no kill rescue organization. 

Of course, saving these lives isn't free and while WCRAS does receive government funding for the basic care of these animals, it is imperative that additional funds are raised in order to continue as a No Kill shelter. The Wilco Furball is an annual fundraiser which brings in thousands of dollars to help animals like Sam I Am, pictured above!

Sam's painting up on stage
to be auctioned off. 
This year, my lovely friend Misty and Community Outreach Coordinator for WCRAS asked if I would join the furball team and showcase a live painting of Sam during the event. This painting was then auctioned off at the end of the night and every dime raised was given to the shelter. Sam was an amazing sport and loved all of the attention he received, including a special monogrammed cozy bed to snooze on during the event. 

In addition to the live painting, the shelter offered a silent auction as well as a live auction and included a wonderful video showcasing some of their amazing work. It has been an honor to be part of such a beautiful, life-saving organization and I am thrilled that Sam's painting was able to raise hundreds of dollars to help these wonderful shelter pets! 

Stephanie Conrad
Pet Studio Art | Owner |  Artist

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