Charlottesville, Virginia: Have you seen the Dogs & Cats Around Town? Nineteen dog and cat statues lovingly decorated by local artists are gracing the storefronts of seventeen local retail locations, all to benefit the animals at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Raffle tickets to win these fabulous works of art are available for purchase from the retail location housing each statue or also online at caspca.org. The creativity displayed in these statues ranges from “Sirius,” a dog covered in locally sourced river stones, a cat named “Frida,” reminiscent of a Diego Rivera painting, and even the appropriately named “Grisham K9 Editor,” adorned in an original John Grisham manuscript.
Event organizer Cynthia Viejo says, “I am so excited to organize the first annual Dogs & Cats Around Town raffle. This fundraiser brings together my three passions – supporting local business, local artists and of course, the animals. The hope is to increase traffic at local businesses and support local art–all while raising funds for the animals. It truly is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Statues will remain in their respective local business locations until Saturday, September 8th, when the winners will be drawn. To learn more about the artists and the inspiration for their creations, please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesvilleDogsAndCatsAroundTown. Statue locations are as follows: The Virginia Shop, Chimney Corner, Lynne Goldman Studio, VanNesa Luggage & leather Goods, The Happy Cook, Whimsies, Shenanigans, Scarpa, and Rebeccas Natural Foods all in the Barracks Road Shopping Center; the Men and Boys Shop, The Cat House, and New Dominion Book Shop on the Downtown Mall; and Natalie Dressed at 1051 Millmont Street, Bageladies Café at City Market, West Main Design at 731 W Main Street, Snows Garden Center at 1875 Avon Street Extended, and City Clay at 301 W Main Street.
The mission of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the lost, abandoned, and homeless animals of the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle and to increase the number of these animals being placed in appropriate, loving, and permanent homes through adoptions, foster care, and outreach and to set a standard of excellence and leadership in shelter animal care, humane education, and progressive animal welfare programs. For more information about the SPCA call 434-973-5959 or visit our website at www.caspca.org.