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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adopt-a-Pet to sell "Lead By Example" print for more funds

Perhaps you remember's attempt to glean a little attention from President Obama's nomination by commissioning a red-and-blue print from the artist of the original HOPE print, Shepard Fairey. (Click here for the archived blog.)

Well if you missed the original Limited Edition print, have no fear. This week the North America's largest non-profit pet adoption Web services sells a similar gold-and-black print.

"The 'Lead By Example' image is really a call to action to raise awareness for the plight of shelter animals nationwide," said spokesman Pia Salk, who initiated the ongoing collaboration with Fairey. "Shepard's dedication to all victims of injustice, regardless of species, provides an example of what it means."

To boot, California budget cuts recently led to a suspension of The Hayden Law, which reduced the holding time for incoming animals from four to six days, to one to three days. "The economic downturn is hitting these animals harder than ever," Salk said. "Record numbers of loyal family pets are being relinquished to already overcrowded shelters. And budget cuts further compound the tragedy, as shelters are now getting even less funding to provide needed care."

Print sale proceeds will fund pet adoptions, Adopt-a-Pet claims. And if the red-and-blue print sale - which sold out in less than 90 minutes - is any indication, prints will go fast.

Four hundred signed/numbered screen prints go on sale at a random time Thursday, $200 a pop. T-shirts, dog bandanas and stickers are already available. To contribute your money through a purchase, or sign up for alerts about future print sales, visit and click the link to sign up.

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


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