Honoring Animals with Art

The Fox Valley Humane Association’s Every Pet Project mural pays tribute to animals…

Deciding to purchase a tile in the Fox Valley Humane Association (FVHA)’s Every Pet Project mural was inevitable for Kathryn Carlson, a financial adviser in Appleton who also serves on the FVHA board of directors. It was choosing which pet to immortalize that proved difficult.

Ultimately, Carlson decided to salute her cocker spaniel named Martha, who she adopted from FVHA two years ago.


Muralist Chad Brady in the beginning stages of the project.

“I thought it’s a good way to honor them for the work they did with her,” she says. “The concept is really terrific and honors not only the animals specifically, but also animals in general.”

The Every Pet Project fundraiser began last fall with the unveiling of a plan to create a mural located on the curved wall in the FVHA’s lobby. The mural will be composed of 135 individual tiles, measuring 7.5-by-15.5 inches, which supporters may purchase. Appleton muralist Chad Brady will depict one pet of the buyer’s choosing in each tile. Together, the tiles will create a cohesive 9-by-11 foot mural of a cat and dog.


The plan for the completed mural.

Fundraising coordinator Elizabeth Pirner say 90 cents of every dollar raised will go right back into animal care. She hopes the mural will add vibrancy to the already bustling shelter as it strives to provide the best alternative to a home for the animals they rescue.

“The shelter has become a resource center for people to come when they have any need or question,” Pirner says. “For them to see something like this, it resounds with everyone. It creates a sense of ownership that this center belongs to the community.”

At press time, three tiles had already been purchased. Pirner hopes the remaining tiles will be filled by early summer. Those interested in learning more about participating may call 733-1717 ext. 103 or go online to

—By Amelia Compton Wolff



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