On Sunday Maryland SPCA held it's 5th annual Kindness for Paws Art Show and Sale at White Marsh Mall.
The Name-Your-Own-Price art sale featured more than 1,700 pieces of student artwork from 17 local elementary and middle schools. The inspiration for all of the artwork were pets that were cared for at the Maryland SPCA before they were placed into loving homes. The art includes various styles including paint, colored pencils, statues and paper plate puppets.
The event has grown tremendously over the years beginning with Molly Schappel, an art teacher at Perry Hall Middle School who reached out to the shelter about having her 7th-grade students do a service project for the shelter to raise awareness about all of the dogs and cats that are in area shelters.
"Fundraisers like this means a lot." Said Katie Flory, Director of Public Affairs and the Humane Education Director for the MD SPCA. "We get no funding from the ASPCA or the government. We rely solely on donations, so every dollar we raise is going to helping animals in our care.”
Over the years Kindness to Paws has raised more than $5,000 for the homeless and hurting pets at the MD SPCA. Events like Kindness have help approximately 15,000 pets each year.