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Show Me the Money: Canvassing the Nation

Artists collaborate to bring money—and warmth—to shelters

While President Obama may not have ended up adopting a shelter dog, he inspired at least one person to step up to help homeless animals. And the project she started with some artistic friends is one that can benefit shelters and rescues across the country, and even internationally.

“I listened to Obama’s speech when he was elected and felt the urge to reach out to the community,” says Carrie Jacobson, an artist who lives with her photographer husband Peter—and several adopted shelter animals—in Connecticut. “And I realized, I can’t really do very much. I don’t have very many skills that seem useful in terms of strengthening community. All I can do is write and paint.”

At first, she says, those skills didn’t seem like community-builders. “I can’t build a house or put a roof on something. But I was really moved by that sense of wanting to do something useful.”

Her mission became clear through her friendship with Sandy Tajima, another artist who lives all the way across the country in California. They had met through an art blog and struck up a friendship, discovering a shared love of animals.

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