Between Up on the Woof and the Cleveland Pets Examiner, I have been writing and blogging about Lucky Dog Rescue and Pet Pardons for months. In case you missed all that, Lucky Dog Rescue is a tiny animal rescue located in Meridian Mississippi. It is a 501c3 non-profit organization of approximately ONE. Ashley Owen Hill is the owner and operator; the driving force behind Lucky Dog Rescue.
Ashley dreamed about having a rescue since she was a kid, and when she grew up she opened up Lucky Dog Retreat, a boarding facility. Lucky Dog Retreat helps to fund Lucky Dog Rescue. Ashley pays for everything her rescue dogs need out of pocket, and relies on donations to help her cause.
What is Lucky Dog Rescue’s cause? To save the world, one dog at a time.
Ashley rescues the most broken dogs she finds in kill shelters, brings them home, rehabilitates them, teaches them what it’s like to be loved and valued, and then she finds adoptive homes for them. It’s pretty amazing because aside from the occasional volunteer, Ashley does it all by herself. And some of the dogs are really broken; former bait dogs, dogs that have been starved and abandoned, dogs that have been abused. Although it’s possible for any type of dog to end up a Lucky Dog, Ashley has a real soft spot for the bully breeds, who seem to be abused, mistreated and abandoned more than any other type of dog.
Ashley lives a simple life in a small building on her property, giving everything she has to her rescue dogs. Sometimes it means there is nothing left for her; that’s how selfless and dedicated she is.
I wish I had a boatload of money to give to Ashley. She needs beds and bowls and kennel cleaner. She needs collars and leashes and dog toys. She needs lots and lots of dog food…and of course, she needs money to vet her rescues, who sometimes come to her in horrible shape.
I saw Ashley’s “wish list” on Amazon .com, and I wrote to the companies that make some of the items she needs, asking if they would donate. But they are assholes. It’s all corporate-this and corporate-that and they have no monetary interest in a little backwater place like Meridian Mississippi, even though their donations would be tax deductible. So after I got letters back from them with all the excuses why they couldn’t donate a box of sponges, or paper towels or dishwashing soap, I thought screw you, billion-dollar-Procter & Gamble, and screw you, billion-dollar 3M; if you won’t help Lucky Dog Rescue, I will.
So I started emailing all the artists I know on Facebook, and quite a few artists that I didn’t know. I asked them all to donate a piece of artwork for an online art auction to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue, and wouldn’t you know that almost every one of them did?
Artists, folks. People who are often struggling to make a living with their talents. Regular people suffering in this messed up economy. They donated – but the billion dollar corporations wouldn’t.
The artists who have donated their work to help Lucky Dog Rescue are from all over the US; Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Colorado, California, West Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, and Texas. Some of them donated more than one piece.
The art auction will run on eBay for ten days from October 20-30, and will offer many types and styles of art, including oil paintings, jewelry, fine art photography, sculpture, comic style drawings, sketches, watercolor, enamel and glass. I want the auction to be a big success, so if you are reading this, please share this post on your social networking sites.
The artists who have donated work are listed here:
- Sandi Shorter is an artist from Sophia, West Virginia who has a passion for drawing animals and family pets. Sandi is a commission artist, who will work from a photo you provide. Sandi has created a piece of artwork of Lucky Dog Rescue dog, “Susie”, who was half-starved when Ashley saved her from a kill facility.
- Dawn Brunell, who makes Sunz Jewelz; glass tile charms in various styles and shapes. Dawn’s charms are fun and beautiful.
- Michael Mitchell is an artist from Detroit, Michigan. He teaches drawing at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, and paints classical portraits and still lifes.
- Nicole Tadgell is an Illustrator of childrens books and loves to draw children of all races, full of motion and emotion.
- Don “Sonny” Strait is (among other things) a comic book artist. Sonny’s forte’ is Anime style art.
- Gary Garrett is a Plein Air Painter who paints Impressionistic landscapes.
- Christine Dowling Kelsey is a watercolor artist, self-taught nature photographer, and an animal advocate.
- Jamey Lee Balester Lopez is a California artist who has combined formal and self-taught techniques which include; drawing, painting, print making, ceramics, sculpture, and digital media.
- Delfin Barral is a New York cartoonist, illustrator, animator and comic book artist. The work Del has donated he created together with the late Barry Blair.
- Stephen Paternite is a fine arts photographer whose stunning photographs are created via digital infrared photography. His photos are unlike anything you have ever seen before.
- Anna Arnold is an American artist, muralist, jewelry designer artrepreneur (entrepreneur/ artist) and educator. She has a vibrant and unmistakable style of painting.
- Carol Adams is a dimensional artist who does large public installations. Carol also creates enamel-on-copper animal themed pins that are beautiful pieces of wearable art.
And of course, I donated some of my own artwork. Not just Yelodoggie art, but some of
my earlier work as well.
Please take a look at the beautiful art when the auction goes live on Thursday. You can find the auction once it begins by clicking here. And please, PLEASE…share the auction with your family and friends. 100% of the winning bids (less a portion of eBay’s closing fees)will be given to Lucky Dog Rescue.
Wow..did you read this whole post? THANKS!
Naturally, I hope you will bid in the auction, but if you don’t win a piece of art, maybe you can send Ashley something that’s on her wish list.
If you want to send Ashley something directly, Lucky Dog Rescue is at: 8659 Hillview Dr. Meridian, MS 39305 or you can donate directly online HERE.