Monday 30th April 2012
An artist's prints of her beloved Staffordshire bull terrier are supporting the work of Battersea Dogs And Cats Home.
Brighton-based artist Kelly Sweeney created the prints of her Staffie Bentley, who died in 2010, to raise funds for the animal charity and challenge stereotypes surrounding the breed.
Kelly will be donating £75 from the sale of each print, costing £200, to help the charity, which reunites lost dogs and cats with owners or helps them find new homes.
Battersea Dogs And Cats Home's director of fundraising Liz Tait said: "Here at Battersea Dogs And Cats Home we are very grateful to Kelly and we hope her wonderful pieces of art will be really popular.
"They are a fitting tribute to her beloved Staffie Bentley and highlight what wonderful dogs Staffies are. The money Kelly helps raise for Battersea will be invaluable, as we care for an average of 160 Staffies at any one time, alongside 450 other animals, all needing food, dedicated care and veterinary treatment.
"We rely on generous supporters like Kelly to help us give each of these animals a second chance."
The artist, who rescued Bentley in 2002, is also using her work to support Battersea's Staffies Softer Than You Think campaign, which aims to highlight the gentle nature of the misunderstood breed.
The donations from Kelly's 50 limited-edition prints will help the charity care for and rehome the thousands of Staffies coming into the home every year.
The prints are available from http://www.culturelabel.com/shop/kelly-sweeney.