Monday, October 09, 2006


Along with many other people, my wife Mary volunteers at Animal Talk, a no-kill animal shelter and pet shop in our neighborhood. This community service rescues, cares for and places animals that have been abandoned or otherwise let loose in the world.

Early last Saturday morning someone broke into the store, tore the place apart, stole all the reptiles, released all the cats and smaller animals, and stomped a couple dozen of the creatures to death. The whole story, with video interviews, is available here if you feel like seeing it.

Animal lovers who would like to assist in rebuilding the facility can contact the shelter and donate online:


Blogger Ray Frenden said...

I follow your blog as I'm an illustrator as well, but this hits pretty close to home. My wife and I volunteer our time at a no kill shelter here in Illinois; really sad to hear the news. I hope the animals that are alive yet injured have a speedy recovery and find good homes.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Calista said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this awful crime. Thanks for the link -- I will be donating as soon as I post this comment.

12:46 PM  
Blogger kpw said...

That's just awful.

What the hell could be gained from that?

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So terrible and awful. Take care.
P.S. I love your art!

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey bloggers, and Mr. woodring, Lets do a charity art auction I can donate some stuff.

What do you think Mr. Woodring?

8:32 AM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

Steve Amey (s.g.a.), your heart is in the right place. It's beyond my capacity to organize and oversee such an auction, but if anyone else is willing to do it, I'll gladly donate work for it.

There has been such an outpouring of disgust for the crime and support for Animal Talk that I feel certain they will have their reconstruction needs met even without an art auction, though the shelter always needs money and an auction would be great.

Perhaps the most heroic contribution anyone in the Seattle area could make would be to adopt or temporarily house one of the cats or kittens. They have some fine, fine, superfine specimens there. We've taken on two of 'em in our house; one (Sally) has become a permanent resident, one (General Barnside) doesn't quite fit in and is waiting patiently in the guest room to be adopted.

THANKS to everyone who responded to this outrage.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Utterly appalling. We share our home with a wonderful cat that we took in as a stray, and are very sympathetic with the efforts of any folks who try to find homes for strays. Jim, can you please keep us updated with any progress in this case? Thanks! Any kind of closure would be welcome.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Aeron said...

Terrible news, if an art auction is worked out for this I'll be sure to contribute a painting.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I wrote that 3x It was a total mistake.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could just put a blog up with painting picks and people can buy 'em or bid on 'em in the comments?

11:15 AM  
Blogger Tom Dougherty said...

I want my hands around any throat responsible for this outrage.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear of this.
What monstrous reasoning resulted in this outrage?
I'll send a donation....though, i wish I could float one out to every worthy animal shelter in the U.S.
Animal care is quite neglected here.

1:08 AM  
Blogger Kyle Kesterson said...

How did I not hear about this?? Did they ever find the sick 'n twisted individuals responsible?

11:41 PM  

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