Promoting Adoptions Through Art

September 17, 2012  

Artist Stephanie Conrad of The Pet Studio shares how she uses her artwork to help animals

By Stephanie Conrad

As a self-taught artist, I have been exploring my creative side since before I can remember. My parents tell me stories of my coloring on the walls and floors, and building towers with anything I could get my hands on as a child.

My love for animals began as a young child, and as soon as I was old enough to volunteer, I signed up with my local animal shelter. It wasn’t until a few years, after I took a job as a veterinary assistant, that I started painting pets. Once I painted my first pet, clients and co-workers began asking for portraits of their own pets, thus The Pet Studio was born.

At this time, I had been volunteering for area animal shelters for about eight years, so naturally, I wanted to give something back to help those animals that I worked with. I decided that The Pet Studio would be more than a business; it would be a way to promote shelter pets and the positives of adoption. Since its beginning, The Pet Studio has helped to raise thousands of dollars for pets in need, which to me is absolutely priceless.

Currently, I am the president of No Kill Wilco, an advocacy organization that works to support my own local shelter organizations, as well as hosting a variety of adoption events within my community. I also spend hours each week photographing the kitties at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. I like to think of my volunteer time as a productive way to connect with the outside world; otherwise I would just live in my art studio!

My husband and I (we have been together for nearly 10 years and were married this past December!) share our home with Cody (Dachshund/Shih Tzu mix), Holly Madison (pit bull mix), and Jazz and Izze (our gorgeous kitties). Holly was rescued after being thrown out of a fast moving truck, along with her mother and several siblings that did not survive. She is a great friend to every guest that stops by and absolutely adores our cats.

In addition, we also host a rather constant stream of foster pets. Our most recent foster kitten, George, stayed with us as he recovered from a leg amputation.

My friends and family have been amazingly supportive of this business, and while I am constantly working, trying to come up with new ideas for portraits and promotions, I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do something I love for a living!

I can’t wait to work with StubbyDog for the Superhero campaign! StubbyDog has been such an important force in promoting a positive image for all pit bull type dogs; I cannot wait to see how amazing this program is!

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Comments

3 Responses to “Promoting Adoptions Through Art”
  1. You’re very talented, thank you for sharing your gifts to save these pups!

  2. Matt.S says:

    You’re clearly saving lives with your art and your other activities as well. Thank you for sharing your passion with homeless pets who clearly need you and your work.