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Adopt A Shelter Dog – 2009 Calendars Now Available!

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There are literally thousands of animals lost or abandoned in Miami-Dade every year. Many of them are injured and need critical medical care. All of them need caring, loving families. Animal Services, the dozens of animal rescue organizations, veterinarians and individuals all over South Florida (and the world) are working to educate people and help as many of our furry, feathered, scaled friends (little angels in my opinion) as possible. This all takes time, money and mountains of compassion, patience and education.

At some point (actually around the 9th stray cat in this decade, and several abandoned dogs) I realized I could not rescue, doctor, feed and save every animal alone. What I can do, is help to create products like this calendar which will raise money for care and education programs for the animals. Many of the photos were taken by Miami-Dade Animal Services personnel and volunteers, many are of pets and rescued animals I had the pleasure to photograph.

When you purchase any of the ‘Art For The Animals’ products, 50% of the profits are donated to helping animals (and the other 50% helps the artist pay her bills and keep creating new works to help even more animals!)

See all Art For The Animals products here and 

Order your large format, 17 inch wide
2009 ‘Adopt A Shelter Dog’ Wall Calendar HERE


Barney, another Miami-Dade Animal Services adoptee!
Barney, another Miami-Dade Animal Services adoptee!

Love your pets – the rewards are priceless!

Debra Cortese

PS:  2009 CAT CALENDAR coming soon… AND of course, an all new, 2009 Nature’s Energy Calendar.


‘ART FOR THE ANIMALS’  (founded in 2005) is dedicated to increasing awareness of the treatment of animals through artistic expression and education. Click this link ‘ART FOR THE ANIMALS’ to see the Children’s Art from 2005 Summer School workshops throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools


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Imagine Miami…

view from MDC Wolfson Campus rooftop

    -view from Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus rooftop during Imagine Miami Summit   

A day of arts, culture and civic engagement programs and possibilities in Miami and worldwide. I attended this gathering on Saturday (2/16/08) because I knew it would be an amazing group of people to network with and perhaps to learn of at least one community project that would speak to my heart.
Earthman, Chief Nathaniel Styles, Imagine Miami Director, Corrina Moebius        
Earthman, Chief Nathaniel Styles and Imagine Miami Director, Corrina Moebius 

Within the first 10 minutes, I knew this was so much more. The summit started off with performance artist, Octavio Campos getting everyone on their feet, crossing imagined boundaries and opening minds to all that would be presented throughout the day long event. Corinna Moebius, the vivacious Director of Imagine Miami introduced the first speaker, Barbara Schaffer-Bacon, a co-director of Animating Democracy (Americans for the Arts).  Barbara shared several examples of arts-based civic projects that demonstrated the powerful impact these types of projects have on communities all over the planet. The presentations, speakers, organizations and ideas flowed and expanded throughout the day and I anticipate will continue as we absorb all of this energy, choose our collaborations and move forward. This is just another example of the power of shared visions and energy. Once again confirming for me that I am in the right place at the right time.