This project's funding goal was not reached on July 7, 2013.
About this project
Silver Hearts is a coffee table style art book showcasing old dogs. It is an idea inspired by a 16 year old dog named Sunny. The photographs in the book will show the spirit and beauty of mature dogs.
My goal is to raise money to print and distribute ‘Silver Hearts’, a book of beautiful artistic photographs that will highlight the charm of an older dog and show that they are worthy family pets. (Details of cost breakdown in FAQ)
This book will enlighten animal lovers to the benefits of adopting an older dog and inspire them to do so.
What I'm doing:
I'm photographing as many senior dogs as I can and making a one-of-a-kind art book. I will be traveling all over the country to photograph these animals. My goal is to tell each dog's story and show them as the wise, beautiful, worthy and happy souls that they are. Mature dogs still have a lot of zest for living.
To create a book that will help bring awareness to older dogs abandoned in shelters and show that they are worthy family pets. As a result, families will be moved to bring senior pets into their homes, reducing the number of older animals that languish in shelters.
Why I'm doing it:
I'm a pet photographer. One of my passions is donating my time to photograph shelter and rescue dogs. Through this work I have seen so many senior animals that need homes. Statistically most older dogs don't make it out of the shelter because people think it's too heartbreaking or costs too much money to care for them. Through sharing my joy in adopting a mature dog, I hope to inspire others to do the same.
What inspired me:
Sunny, my dog inspired me to make this book. She was one of those dogs in the shelter that had little chance of making it out. I adopted her in June 2012. She is 16-years-old. She's still going strong. http://fusarophotography.com/blog/2012/06/shady-16-year-old-dog-abandoned/
How it's changed me:
I used to be one of those people who thought my heart couldn't handle bringing an older dog into my life. That it would be just too painful for me to love a dog knowing their time was limited. I came to realize that no creature should die alone and every animal deserves a home, even if it's for a short time. My mantra has become, "If not me, then who?" With this book, I hope to make that mantra resonate with others. Together we can make a difference. Love doesn't keep track of years.
What the money will go toward:
The funds will allow me to photograph more homeless senior dogs and be able to network them and find them homes. My goal is to raise $10,000 that will be used to help older dogs find new homes. My hope is to rescue one older dog per month for a year. I will also be designing and printing a public service announcement poster that will be given to organizations to help spread the message that 'love doesn't keep track of years' and senior dogs are valuable family members.
Why I am qualified to undertake this massive project:
I have been a photographer for 14 years. An animal rescuer for 10. Many of my photographs have received critical acclaim and graced the pages and covers of calendars, publications and been showcased in art shows.
I've been honored as one of the top photographers in Los Angeles for the last 4 years. I have been featured in the book 'So You Want To Be A Pet Photographer' and have been involved as a commitee/board member of several non profit organizations. I've been instrumental in helping hundreds of dogs, young and old, find homes.
I have worked successfully with several animal organizations.
Including: • BAD RAP • Idaho Humane Society • Karma Rescue • Born Again Pit Bull Rescue • HeARTs Speak • The Unexpected Pit Bull • Wings Of Rescue • Angel City Pit Bulls • k9 connection • Guide Dogs For The Blind • Molly's Mutt's and Meows • Pin Ups For Pups • Los Angeles Animal Services • Rock and Rescue • S.T.A.R.T
And most important, I have the will and the passion to make this lofty goal happen. Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter Challenges are meant to be overcome.
Obstacles are only tiny setbacks that need vision and persistence to find another way around them. I have the ablity to see the big picture and a proven track record that where there is a will, there is a way.
Any setbacks that arise will be met with open communication and the willingness to work around them, jump over them or find another way. The goal of this book is too important to give up for any reason.
I've already photographed more than 30 dogs for the project. I want to be able to photograph every senior dog that comes my way and a big challenge will be finding the time to include each and every one. Personally, the biggest risk I face is falling in love with too many dogs and not being able to bring them all home.
Risks and challenges
Challenges are meant to be overcome. Obstacles are only tiny setbacks that need vision and persistence to find another way around them.
Any setbacks that arise will be met with open communication and the willingness to work around them, jump over them or find another way.
I've already photographed more than 30 dogs for the book. I want to be able to photograph every senior dog that comes my way and a big challenge will be finding the time to include each and every one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
YES! One of my goals is to donate proceeds from the book sales to reputable animal rescues that help seniors. I will also be designing and printing a public service announcement poster that will be given to organizations to help spread the message that 'love doesn't keep track of years' and senior dogs are valuable family members.
500 hardcover coffee table books published by a well respected art house book printer (quality is what you find in a bookstore. Not a Blurb or Snapfish kind of place. Quality is superb!) …( 12 x 9, 100 pages, full color, 100lb paper ) Total cost $24,500
Postage to mail (includes packaging materials) $2250
100 calendars (11x17. full color, spiral bound, 100lb paper) $2000
Postage to mail (includes packaging materials) $450
50 Gift prints (pledge thank you for lower dollar amounts) $250
Postage to mail (includes packaging materials) $225
Professional Video production (includes 2 full days of filming and editing) $800
Cushion for "just in case problems that may arise" $4500
TOTAL AMOUNT: $34,975 (rounded up to $35,000)
Once the book is produced (with the KS funds) the remainder will be sold. 100 books to be given as backer gifts and given directly to rescues for fundraising efforts. That leaves 400 to sell and all proceeds from the sales will go to reputable rescues and will help fund actual dogs in need.
- (30 days)