Fashion designer John Bartlett started the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund after his beloved dog Tiny Tim passed away. “Tiny Tim was a three-legged pitbull mix I had adopted from the Animal Care Center,” Bartlett said. “I was just so touched by him and after he died I just started realizing how many homeless animals there are in our country, and in the world. Tiny Tim was one of the lucky ones.” Today, Tiny Tim works to provide resources for local shelters raising who pull innocent animals directly from high-kill shelters, through fundraising efforts and proceeds from sales of the CFDA award-winning designers Tiny Tim line of clothing.
Proceeds from the Art to the Rescue live gallery auction being held this Friday at the Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea will help the Animal Care Center and the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund reach their goals. Now in its second run, Marlborough Gallery and partner Emmanuel Fremin are delighted to contribute their space and resources to this very important cause. “It was a wonderful meeting of the minds between Emmanuel and Marlborough,” says Bartlett. “Everybody loves art and fashion, and I think the caliber of the art, and the space, is such a draw that so many people are excited to attend.”
The Animal Care Center of New York provides shelter for over 30,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits every year. The only organization of its class in New York City, ACC is an open admission shelter, which means they cannot turn away any animals that come through their doors. Caring and providing a loving, therapeutic environment for these stray animals is at the core of the organization’s mission, but the challenges can often be overwhelming.
“The funds from this event really go a long way for us,” says Amy Biancella, the events and creative manager of ACC. “We’ll use this money to care for our animals and help them be more comfortable. Bedding, towels, music systems to soothe them while they’re in cages, anything to really improve their living environment while they’re staying with us.”
Organizers Marcia Levine of Marlborough Gallery and Emmanuel Fremin of Emmanuel Fremin Gallery are both avid animal lovers, and the two came together over the cause. I was planning to do an auction at my gallery for the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund,” Fremin said. “When I discussed the project with Marcia Levine from Marlborough Gallery, she graciously offered to partner with us and the Animal Care Center of New York and have the auction at her gallery. Now we have this incredible gala that we’ve all come together for, and the ticket sales are truly magnificent.”
With an impressive array of artworks for auction on Friday night, Art to the Rescue organizers are hoping to break the 2013 record of $46,000. “Because of the pull of Emmanuel Fremin gallery and Marlborough gallery, were pulling in art lovers and animal lovers from all over the place.”
The effort is a huge help to ACC, who finds that getting animals to their forever home isn’t always easy. “People are sometimes afraid to go to shelters because they think they’re a depressing place, but that’s really not the case,” Biancella says. “Our staff really takes pride in making this a top notch place to adopt.”
By treating their animals with the attention and care they deserve, ACC is able to place more pets in foster homes or adoptions. “We are making strides every day to help as many animals that come through our doors to find a loving home,” says Biancella. “We have a terrific foster program, we have adoptions happening 7 days a week, we had a fantastic showing at our Adopt-a-Palooza event.”
Events like Art to the Rescue only help the ACC get their mission out into the community, so that other New Yorkers can find their furry friends at a shelter instead of a breeder. Biancella stresses the importance of considering the ACC or other community shelters before working with a breeder. “Since we’re an open admission clinic, we have the biggest uphill battle,” Biancella says. “So the more people who know about us the better, because more animals can get a home.”