Clear The Shelters

Dog’s Paintings Raise $4K for Va. Animal Shelter

Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters

WBRE-TV joins NBCUniversal owned television stations Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign for the entire month of August

WBRE-TV along with animal shelters and rescues from Northeast & Central Pennsylvania will host the popular month-long event in August for local communities’ organizations will offer low cost or waived adoption fees

WBRE-TV today has joined NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters™ nationwide pet adoption campaign. Launching August 1st and culminating with Clear The Shelters Day Friday, August 28th, the pet adoption drive will include the participation of local animal shelters/rescues. On August 28, participating organizations will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families adopt a pet.

Eyewitness News and NBC Universal have partnered to produce a 60-minute special highlighting the importance of finding forever homes for shelter animals. The first half hour of the special NBC’s “Clear The Shelters” will run at 7:00PM will spotlight the amazing adoptive families, unsung heroes who work at the shelters and of course, adorable pets who are being welcomed into new homes.

The second half hour WBRE-TV’s “Finding a Forever Home” at 7:30PM will be hosted by Eyewitness News morning anchors, Chris Langlois and Kelly Byrne and will highlight the efforts here in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania to find homes for animals.

From older dogs to kittens to rabbits to birds, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to pets in need. Since 2015, more than 411,292 pets have been adopted.

For more information, visit You can also follow the effort on Twitter @Clear The Shelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.

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An up-and-coming four-legged artist in Virginia has raised $4,000 for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Under the nickname “Ricasso,” the precocious 6-year-old Staffordshire terrier sold nearly 20 pieces in his debut collection.

“Ricasso,” whose real name is Rico, had been living at the shelter for almost a year before the volunteers discovered his talent. After they noticed how much Rico liked to wag his tail, shelter workers decided to give the terrier paint to dip his tail in before spreading it across a canvas.

Ricasso of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Ricasso admires his work.

“When the creative spirit struck him he would really get going and do three or four pieces at a time,” said Gina Hardter, director of marketing & communications at the rescue league and a self-described “assistant” for Ricasso.

All autumn long, Rico built up his body of work to the point where he can give back to the shelter that’s hosted him all this time. His pieces fetched hundreds of dollars each when they were auctioned off at a special event Dec. 6. The rescue had decided to sell the paintings after visitors clamored to own a “Ricasso original,” according to a press release.

Ricasso’s magnum opus, “Pinny in Technicolor,” sold for $600, the highlight of the night. The multicolor portrait displays Ricasso’s muse, a blue bowling pin toy named Pinny.

Ricasso of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Ricasso of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Now Rico may be retiring from the art world while at the pinnacle of his career. Currently, he’s splitting time between a foster home and the “Artist’s Suite” in the shelter’s kennels. But he’s also training to get ready for a new permanent home.

“He’s learning so much every day, not just how to paint,” Hardter said. “He is really enjoying his time here.”

Rico is still available for adoption. Hardter said he’s looking for a quiet home, ideally without other dogs or young kids, where he might be able to continue his craft. An anonymous donor has allowed the shelter to waive Rico’s adoption fees.

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