The economic downturn is hitting these animals harder than ever. 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.
West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2009
Following the tremendous response to the original red and blue Limited Edition ADOPT image release earlier this year, Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption web service, announces the upcoming gold and black Shepard Fairey "Lead By Example" print release.
"Homeless pets urgently need us to take the lead and speak out on their behalf, now more than ever," said Shepard Fairey. "The 'Lead By Example' ADOPT image is a powerful one and it is my hope that this new print will give people a way to advocate for these animals and show their support for pet adoption."
According to Adopt-a-Pet.com Spokesperson Dr. Pia Salk, who initiated the ongoing collaboration with Fairey, "The 'Lead By Example' image is really a call to action to raise awareness for the plight of shelter animals nationwide. Shepard's dedication to all victims of injustice, regardless of species, provides an example of what it means to 'Lead By Example.'"
Salk added, "The economic downturn is hitting these animals harder than ever. 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."
California budget cuts recently led to a suspension of The Hayden Law, a bill that required California shelters to hold all incoming animals for a minimum of four to six days. The reduction to a one to three day hold gives lost and relinquished pets even less chance to be found or to secure safety before they are in danger of being killed.
"Sadly, these innocent animals are paying the price for our crisis with their lives. We at Adopt-a- Pet.com are more committed than ever to getting the millions of great shelter animals currently waiting to be adopted, seen, saved and into loving homes. Proceeds from the print purchase will help support pet adoption," said Salk.
Signed/numbered screen prints (limited edition run of 400) will go on sale Thurs., Sept. 24 at a random time. The first red/blue ADOPT print by Shepard Fairey sold out in under 90 minutes, so this latest version is also predicted to go fast. Each print will be numbered and signed by Shepard Fairey and priced at $200 each.
T-shirts, dog bandanas and stickers with the ADOPT image are also available for those who wish to show their support for this lifesaving cause. To purchase Shepard Fairey ADOPT print and merchandise and to sign up for alerts of future print sales, visit http://www.adoptapet.com and click the link to sign up.
Adopt-a-Pet.com (formerly 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com) is North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website, helping over 7,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free. Adopt-a-Pet.com displays photos and descriptions of adoptable pets to over 1.5 million people seeking to adopt a pet each month, and is funded by the passionate pet lovers at Purina and North Shore Animal League America. Aside from being able to adopt a dog or adopt a cat, Adopt-a-Pet.com visitors may now also adopt a rabbit, horse, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, farm-type animals and other small pets.