What do art and videogames have to do with animals? For starters, they’re coming together to save rescue dogs. Press Paws is a charity art show dedicated to raising money for What’s Up Dog! L.A., a dog rescue initiative. Its plan is to sell artwork with an “animals in videogames” theme and donate the money raised to the charity.
What’s Up Dog! L.A. is a volunteer-run nonprofit dog rescue organization, which works to find “forever homes” for destitute animals currently in high kill shelters. Through owner education, fundraising efforts, and physical rescues, What’s Up Dog! L.A. is actively seeking to reduce (and eventually eliminate) the high number of animals in shelters.
So far, over 50 artists have signed up to participate in the Press Paws show, whose slogan is “Saving Animals with Art and Video Games.” It will take place on February 9th at the Nucleus art gallery in Alhambra, California.
Artwork samples for the show include one of Halo’s Spartans waving to a neighbor as he walks his pet dog, which looks suspiciously like a Yorkie. Another is a mashup of twenty or so well-known characters from videogames—except they’re all dogs. Characters include the likes of Link (Zelda), Master Chief (Halo), and Mario. More sample artworks can be found here.
For those that can’t attend the event, Press Paws is also asking for contributions to make the event sale more profitable. Individual contributions would go toward costs for the event, such as promotional materials, refreshments, and flyers. Their contributions goal is $3,000 and currently the organization has raised $2,430