St. Francis Festival at The Casa in Scottsdale AZ






PACC911 (Phoenix Animal Care Coalition) and the Franciscan Renewal Center (The Casa) joined together again this October for a wonderful pet adoption event. Every year, this weekend offers numerous animal adoptions, pet blessings by the Franciscan friars, gifts and souvenirs, micro-chipping, food and beverages, and just a great reason to get out and enjoy this beautiful Arizona weather. This year, there was even a kissing booth! But I will wait to tell more once I am able to post some incriminating photos.

Mike Slivers at The Casa was the man in charge. He did an outstanding job. I was asked to design the event logo and tshirts. It was an honor to help represent this special time with a graphic depiction using four of my portraits. The negative space between the four images created the sign of the cross. It was a meaningful visual that combined both the spirituality of St. Francis and The Casa and the objective of helping many beautiful creatures find their forever homes.

I also created a special St. Francis medal, packaged with a prayer card. The medal was for both pets and their people. We are all creatures of one family! Both the tshirts and the medals made special souvenirs for those in attendance.

I had a display booth with my paintings. Many of my clients attended and brought their fur kids in for blessings. Shown here are two of the most compassionate pet owners I've ever known and loved. They brought their little Rusty, who is a celebrity unto his own. Rusty was featured on the tshirt and you can see his portrait (from a year ago) on the display at the upper right corner.

All in all, this was a wonderful time with many special moments. I just wish all the animals had found their forever homes. It is so difficult to see so many sweet animals without their own family. Please adopt, if you can. And if you cannot, please help as you can. Donate, volunteer, advocate. It's all good. The creatures of this world rely on us to be good stewards of the earth. It is in giving that we truly receive.

Love your pets, love your life – Lisa LaTourette




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