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“Pinkie,” 4” x 5”, pit bull puppy portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $50. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to Pinkie’s host shelter, the Ingham County Animal Shelter. Inquiries to .

Pinkie’s story is an all too familiar one. At only 6 weeks, tiny and emaciated, she found herself in the Ingham County Animal Shelter. To complicate her frail health and the fact that she was a pit bull (a breed often misunderstood by the general public), it also was discovered that she was deaf.

This puppy’s life took a happy turn because of Ingham County Animal Shelter’s fostering program. The shelter actively recruits foster homes, allowing foster families to care for shelter animals in a nurturing and friendly environment (their homes). This is a win-win situation – overtaxed shelters have a little more breathing room, the animals are well cared for in a home environment, and caregivers get a more accurate idea of each personality, with the animals ultimately standing a better chance of finding a forever home that is a perfect match.

Pinkie went to a foster home, becoming socialized and learning manners just like any other puppy might. And her story has a happy ending - a loving family did adopt her, after visiting, doing some research, and learning how best to live with a deaf dog.

Today Pinkie wears a vibrating collar and a bell, and has learned hand signals. She loves her boys dearly, and lives a rich and rewarding life, despite her rough start. Thanks to the Ingham County Animal Shelter and their foster program.

If you are interested in learning more about the foster program at the Ingham County Animal Shelter, please email They have pdf formatted flyers and brochures that you can share with your local shelter, to see if they might be interested in starting up such a program themselves. They also are looking for more foster homes.

And if you have a pet, like Pinkie, who was adopted from the Ingham County Animal Shelter, and are interested in commissioning your own dog a day portrait, please contact me – . If you do so prior to June 30th, proceeds from your commission will be returned to the shelter to further support such programs as their foster care.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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