Meow Wolf artist using drawings to highlight, help Española shelter pets

New Mexico News

A partnership between Santa Fe’s popular art collective “Meow Wolf” and a northern New Mexico animal shelter is looking help link people and pets. 

Through some unique drawings of shelter dogs and cats, Meow Wolf artist Mikey Rae is hoping he can make a positive impact for the Española Humane animal shelter. 

“This isn’t a project that stops until there are perfectly suited homes and dogs and cats who have found each other,” said Rae. 

Rae is known for his unique drawings of dogs inside Meow Wolf’s Santa Fe hub. His pictures are often paired with clever and funny messages and featured on a long hallway along the “House of Eternal Return.” 

“I feel really strongly about adopting dogs,” said Rae, a dog owner himself. 

Recently, Rae crafted an illustration of an Española Humane dog named “Reina,” which was featured on social media.  

The result was a unique picture that got a lot of positive attention online for one of the shelter’s former pets. 

“You know, you fall in love with every single dog and cat there,” said Rae. 

Leveraging Rae’s passion for pets and helping the local animal shelter, Rae’s now planning to draw at least a photo a week of a shelter dog or cat in need of adoption. 

The goal is to share the photos on Meow Wolf and Española Humane’s social pages with the hope of bringing more attention to the pets that still need homes. 

Last year, Española Humane adopted out 1,247 animals. So far this year, 825 animals have been adopted out of the shelter into new homes.

“We’ve had a lot of cats this year, it’s been a big year,” said Mattie Allen, a project coordinator at Española Humane.  

“We’ve got about 130 cats at the moment,” said Allen. “Good photography helps us get animals adopted.”  

Rae hopes his efforts can help relieve the pressure on the shelter. 

“I’m hoping a lot of future best friends find each other,” said Rae. 

Click here to visit Española Humane’s facebook page. 

Mikey Rae is also posting the photos he’s drawing on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

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