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DecoArt® Doers | Paws with Cause

By: DecoArt
August 27, 2020

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Today we are featuring the next artist in our DecoArt® Doers series, Holly Berry and the organization she works for; Paws with Cause! Their mission is to "Create a world of difference for a world we love"  by painting adoptable animals and bringing awareness to shelter animals in need. Read on to learn more about how they use art to help shelter pets and people come together!





Describe your organization's mission.
"Paws With Cause has a mission to help empty every animal shelter while simultaneously engaging at-need populations. Grounded in love and concern for animals and people, Paws with Cause brings an opportunity for seniors and others to express themselves thorough painting local area shelter pets."


"Paws With Cause works closely with over 30 amazing rescue groups and we love them all! We also work with city art centers, local retirement/ nursing homes, as well as fabulous local businesses that look beyond a profit margin to build their business through serving their community."


What circumstances led you to start this program?
"I originally met the founder Alix Frazier through my community outreach for seniors in 2019. She and I had several conversations and planned a paint-n-sip featuring adoptable cats from Community Cat Coalition where I had adopted one of my cats years ago."

 
Where do you obtain the artwork offered on your site?
"The participants and volunteers with Paws With Cause create pet portraits of adoptable pets! These portraits are included in a gallery on our site which you can purchase as a donation."

 
Why do you use DecoArt® paints for the products?
"DecoArt's paints are versatile and easy to use!"

 
What would you say to others who want to start an organization like this?
"It's hard work. Take courses and educate yourself on what it takes to run a non-profit organization. The laws are actually more restrictive than an LLC or Corp type business."

 
What does your experience reveal about the maker and art community?
"Growth. Paws With Cause is growing and becoming more well known. This is exciting and I'm so grateful to be a part of this experience."

 
What else would you like to share with us?
"Volunteering is an amazingly beneficial activity for humans. If you are battling depression or grief, it's one of the best ways to help yourself for free. All it takes is giving some time."

 
Thanks for letting us get to know you Holly. We love how Paws with Cause uses art to help both animals and people, plus look at those fabulous paintings! We look forward to seeing more adorable pets and happy artists as your program grows.

Right now on their website Paws With Cause is selling at-home painting kits that include everything you need to paint your own animal portrait. You can even send the painting in to be featured in their artist gallery!

 

Paws with Cause is located in Everett, Washington and you can learn more about their mission by following them on social media or visiting their website.

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