Museum To Offer Paintings Of Euthanized Dogs

A museum full of paintings of dogs that were euthanized in animal shelters may sound morbid, but one animal welfare group thinks it will bring much needed awareness about the millions of homeless animals that lose their lives every year. They also hope the project will bring funds to stop the senseless killing.

Mark Barone and Marina Dervan who founded An Act of Dog, a nonprofit group fighting against euthanasia at animal shelters, are behind the art museum project. They would like to exhibit the paintings in Bradenton, Florida where the county has passed a resolution “to do all in its power to provide alternatives to the euthanasia of domestic animals, becoming a ‘No Kill’ community.”

The museum would hold 5,500 paintings of dogs painted by Barone while they were waiting to be euthanized. Barone chose 5,500 because he says it represents the number of dogs killed in America’s shelters in one day.

“The animals are not dead in the paintings,” said Dervan. “They are alive, so they are beautiful images.

Barone, who has an art background, collected the pictures of the dogs from the website Dogs in Danger and from rescue groups that post photos of dogs about to be euthanized on Facebook. It has taken him two years to paint all of the dogs.

“We designed this to raise the much needed $20 million and the awareness that is necessary to bring the existing archaic shelter system in to the 21st Century,” reads the An Act of Dog mission statement. “It is only by asserting the adoption of the no-kill equation [that] we will we accurately reflect the American people’s desire for an accountable and compassionate America.”

An Act of Dog would like to see all animal shelters adopt the No Kill model which was created by Nathan J. Winograd and focuses on a 90 percent “save rate” of animals through either adoption or reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Winograd believes shelters could do a lot more to get lost pets back home and could get most pets adopted by offering convenient adoption locations and staying open more hours. His books have become famous and his seminars are offered around the country to help shelters and communities.

Last year Mark Barone and Marina Dervan spoke about their goals for An Act of Dog and the “No Kill” equation with fellow Care2 writer, Megan Drake. You can read that interview at: Can the U.S. Become a No-Kill Nation?

Individuals will not have to visit the Dog Euthanasia Museum; paintings can be purchased, sponsored or viewed at An Act of Dog.

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158 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kat K.
Kat K.4 years ago

We need stiffer laws, more education~especially regarding spay/neuter, and we need to make this a no-kill world. Thanks to Mark and Marina for exhibiting this artwork. I hope it will make a significant difference in raising awareness of what really goes on when people are irresponsible with regards to animals. I wish you much luck and many blessings in your endeavor to raise awareness and funding for these innocent little creatures who have to suffer because of the ignorance of humans. Thank you Mark and Marina, and all who are participating in this endeavor.

Heather O.
Heather O.4 years ago

it breaks my heart daily. I think often of the dogs and cats on death row. And when I pray for my family and pets at night I also pray for the shelter animals the sick and abused. I wish we as humans would do better by Gods creatures.

Carrie Anne Brown

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

Sue T.
Susan T.4 years ago

I have been the Vet Tech at the shelter who has had to euth the animals...by lethal injection. I was not happy to do it but I was good and was thankful I could give them a "good death" as this is what euthanasia means.

People need to stop buying products at pet shops even tho this will make it worse for the animals at first it ma shut the business down which then again hurts the animals....

I wish I knew the answer.

carol k.
carol k.4 years ago

I blame Congress! they sit on their butts and pass laws with no back bone like " Chloe's Law " instead of shutting down & banning ALL puppy mills! if people want to breed , pass laws and make it a law to buy a very expensive license to permit breeding of name of pet & breed type of your dog, and history of the breeding dog male or female and vet check documentation.. Tax of each puppy goes to IRS. This would also create much needed jobs for agents to monitor dogs and owners.

Dresia Vaughn
Dresia Vaughn4 years ago

I just can't read anymore about how they are putting animals down because of over population or an illness instead of trying to help them like we would do people. I can't even look at those pictures. They hurt too much.

federico bortoletto

Ottima idea, Speriamo sia di monito a tutti.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

i like the idea. people say they prefer gassing them bc it is less "personal" and doesnt emotionally affect the euthanizers as badly. its a shame that we wish to make killing healthy animals impersonal. bet its personal to them while they claw at the door and howl and sometimes survive to go through it all again

mari s.
Mari S.4 years ago

I think this is a great thing to raise awareness -- Mark and Marina are doing a beautiful and moral thing -- perfectly healthy animals, dogs and cats and others, in shelters which in truth should be an animal haven until they get adopted out, should NOT be killed because there is no room or whatever other justification they come up with! If we all band together for a NO-KILL nation, it can be done! Many don't realize that lists are compiled every day of animals to be killed for no legitimate reason -- it's a travesty -- it's cruel and unconscionable -- it's downright criminal -- this status quo must change!