Sacred Heart of Shelter Pets
Capital Area Humane Society, which led to volunteering there through their remarkable STEPS training program . My son and I learned so much about animal wellness and the work of this important organization through this 20 hour program.
Once we had our new pets (first Jasper, a male Holland Lop, selected us in June of 2012, followed by his life partner Kitty, a female Jersey Wooly and Lionhead mix -formerly known as Tulip-in October 2012), I thought deeply about the journey of animals towards finding a "forever home". I wondered about why humans selected, then discarded animals and I wondered about what the transition full of foreign people, animals and spaces must be like for the tiny creatures who simply want to love and be loved. Through making the paintings, I realized that I was just grateful that these two particular animals had endured the process so that they could find a home with our family.