Riverside County shelter solicits animal-themed artwork for fundraiser


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Animal enthusiasts looking to show off their love of animals through art have another few days to submit their works to the annual Art for the Animals sponsored by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

The competition is for all writers and artists of all types -- in the Inland Empire and beyond -- including, for the first time ever, filmmakers. The deadline for artwork, stories, poems and video entries is 4 p.m. Oct. 31.


This year’s children’s artwork has a common theme: Pets for life. Adults may submit animal-themed artworks of any theme.

Need inspiration? Here’s a link to last year’s best artwork and writing. (Pictured here is first place winner ‘Henry’s Cat’ by Nicolette Becker Wenzell.)

The contest is a fundraiser that asks artists to submit work for an online auction. The donated artwork is displayed online for bids, and the money raised is used for medical care for homeless pets. All of this year’s artwork will be available online beginning Nov. 7, and online bids can be made through Dec. 3.

Art for the Animals brochures with information on how to enter are available at Riverside County’s four shelters in Banning, Blythe, Riverside and the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, or online.

--Francisco Vara-Orta