Wishing for compassion will not deliver change. Compassion, by itself, is not a tool for creating happiness. Nor is it an emotion. Compassion is a way of being, an enduring feature of who we are. Compassion has us recognize the suffering of others, along with a commitment to help alleviate that suffering.
Art is a powerful medium for education because it wakes us up and reminds us of who we are and what we are here for. It courageously shows us what is taking place in our neighborhoods, and how we are often subsidizing atrocities without ever knowing about them. It is only when we are willing to face the world as it is and engage in an honest, non-violent and solution-focused dialogue, that we can begin to affect change.
Museum of Compassion...
Education is the bridge to compassion, and our intent is to create the first working museum of its kind in the world--designed to illuminate, educate and lift our animal welfare consciousness to new heights. We have painted over 5500 portraits of dogs who died alone and forgotten in U.S. shelters. With your support, we will be able to permanently display this inspiring exhibit and build a forever fund that will distribute 100% of your donations towards the salvation of shelter animals.
Ways to volunteer your time and talents...
Please consider what talents an resources you have to be a part of the solution. Below are many organizations that you can visit to educate yourself on the different and necessary strategies required to address for real change.
Learn about successful strategies being applied in no-kill shelters, legislation, compassion education, and ways that you can get involved, be it volunteering, fostering or transporting.
Also, think about other ways you can apply your talents to be a voice for these forgotten animals. Perhaps you have writing skills, marketing, graphic design, photography, law, film/video, creativity, social media, and be sure that your business website features a page about your give back to animal charities.
Doobert ~ Animal Rescue & Transport Co-ordination
CAPS (investigating pet shops/puppy mills)
16 Reasons for Fostering a shelter animal
Stanford Center for Compassion Research
Good Karma Club