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We’ve all seen some unflattering pictures of dogs and cats taken by animal shelter staff members, in a hurry and with no patience. An ugly blue concrete background and a frightened dog on a slip leash tied to a wall. Not very appealing, right? Sometimes there are no detailed descriptions, or any other pictures, provided by the rescues or shelters; and isn’t the picture of a pet the first impression that makes us move and react? I’ve seen pictures where you can barely identify a dog, much less a breed.

Rufino and I are design/art enthusiasts and we are very happy that we have found HeARTs Speak last year through the website The Unexpected Pit Bull and we loved the work they are doing.  A non-profit organization founded by Lisa Prince Fishler, located in Millbrook, New York, HeARTs Speak is designed to connect rescues/shelters with artists with the intention of breaking down the myth that animals from rescues and shelters are inferior.

When artists come together

HeARTs Speak brings artists together to promote deeper understanding for voiceless animals. How they do that? By taking outstanding pictures: Professional photographs dedicate time, passion and donate photo sessions to homeless pets in an effort to help the dogs communicate their amazing personalities through photographs that in turn, might help them find their forever homes.

We had the great pleasure of  talking to Lisa Prince Fishler, MA, the Founder & Director of HeARTs Speak. We talked about her background, how she came up with the idea to create this beautiful organization and why she believes in the positive impact of animals in human lives. Please listen – and share – to raise awareness about Lisa’s work and her group of caring artists. Also, please check out the website with all of its incredible pictures.

HeARTs Speak – Interview with Lisa Prince Fishler by PackPeople NEW: We’ve made it even easier to listen to our audio interviews! This audio is 28.55 minutes of highly interesting, entertaining as educational content. Use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content. Get this interview as a Podcast here.

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Lisa and her soul dog Ignatius Bodhi Sattva (aka Iggy) - Photo credit; Hudson River Photographer - Printz Photography

About the interviewee: Lisa Prince Fishler is a nationally published photographer, located in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. She is a photographer of, and an advocate for, animals, animal rescue and adoption and serves Dutchess County, Putnam, Ulster, Westchester, Columbia and Greene counties.

She lives with her husband, 3 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 goats, 20 chickens, 20 guinea hens and 1 cockatiel on a 6 acre organic farm in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Lisa’s recommendations: 

Red Dog (2011 film) – Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.

Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives by Rachel McPherson

Love Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno

HeARTs Speak

Web: http://heartsspeak.org

Facebook: HeARTs Speak 

Twitter: @HeARTsSpeakOrg

Printz Photography – http://printzphotography.com

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