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There’s a concert coming!

It’s April 23, 2023 at 4pm and you’re going to want to be there when Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s ERIN HANNIGAN and other symphony stars play for the animals they love. A beautiful afternoon of music unfolds as they perform with their hearts to save the homeless pets of north Texas. More details soon.

It’s Grant Time!

If you run an animal rescue not-for-profit in the North Texas area (and you don’t have any paid employees), you’re eligible for a grant from Artists for Animals. Starting September 1st, you can fill out a simple form with information about your organization and we will present it to our Board of Directors at the fall meeting. The groups chosen will receive a check from AFA.

We are open for submissions during the month of September only, so if you can’t return the grant form before midnight, September 30th, I’m sorry but we will be unable to consider your request. Email us for the form you need: and we’ll see if we can help!

Save this date for the Artists for Animals Concert for Kindness

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A wonderful new venue for us this coming year — CITY PERFORMANCE HALL-  and lots more seats to sell!  This could be the concert event that tops all the charts for money raised for our furry friends. Help us spread the word — and mark your calendars today!


Hooray! And Thank you.

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The numbers are flowing in and THANKS TO YOU our 2016 Artists for Animals event raised $50K for the adoptable dogs and cats at Operation Kindness last week. Here’s a great clip!

Topping the list of wonderful team members is Emcee and Channel 8 Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, Publicist extraordinaire, Kate Watson,  the branding wizards at RBMM, the creative geniuses at The Richards Group  and all of our wonderful sponsors:  the Dallas Symphony,  Sewell Subaru, Deli News, Veterinary Medicine Specialists of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Brain Performance Center, Hollywood Feed, Dickey’s BBQ of Little Elm, Regent Services, the Cat Connection, Good Life Wealth Management, Char Sutherlin Real Estate, Pet Paradise Resort, BevPro LLC, Nat and Nicole Mucha, Teresa Berg Photography and the many private individuals  and other businesses who bought tickets and made donations to support the cause.

AFA Volunteers Wendy Buchbinder, Cathy Beasley, Jessiree Kubica, Kathy Ross  and all of our Board Members worked long and hard with the volunteer crew from Operation Kindness to produce a truly memorable evening. We are so grateful!

Many thanks!

Our 2014 Artists for Animals concert was a hit! Combining ticket sales, donations and auction sales, our event raised $14,600 for Operation Kindness on March 14th. THANKS TO YOU!  We’ve even been contacted by orchestras in other cities that are interested in doing their own versions of our concert. So stay tuned for more news about money raised and animals saved.

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Crazy PET BED Contest

Love dogs? Got tools? Crafty animal lovers, here’s your chance to show off your skills and help a homeless dog or cat. The Artists for Animals Concert is hosting a pet bed making contest as part of its silent auction. The winning entry will receive a grand prize worth $250.

Call your friends and unleash your imagination! Beds can be made out of any material(s) you like, but the final product must be able to fit into a 4 foot x 4 foot space. Inspiration can come from almost anything – an empty crate, and old suitcase, storage containers, etc.!

The Rules

– NO FEE TO ENTER –and you could win the $250 cash prize! Just sign up online.
Click here to enter.

-The entry must be able to fit into a 4 foot x 4 foot space, but can be as tall as you like.

-Include your name/team name (you don’t have to have a team to participate), phone number and email address.

-Include a title for your entry. For example, Ms. Kitty’s Place, or Fido’s Fantasy Digs

-Entries must be delivered to Operation Kindness by March 10th and will be auctioned off during the silent auction the night of the event. All proceeds will go to Operation Kindness.
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About Artists for Animals

Artists for Animals Concert will be held at 7pm Friday, March 14 at the Addison Conference Center and benefits Operation Kindness, which is North Texas’ largest no-kill animal shelter. The fun-filled evening will feature multiple forms of art and music. The event is sponsored, in part, by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and will include a performance by the DSO’s Principal Oboist Erin Hannigan. She will be accompanied by other local professional musicians. Additionally, the evening will feature the artwork of Teresa Berg, a Dallas-based photographer who has saved the lives of hundreds of homeless animals with her creative imagery. A silent auction will include donated artwork, creative pet beds made and donated by local crafters, and much more. Attendees will receive complementary wine and dessert. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online here:

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