“I believe that Wall-E is still with us for a certain purpose, and that purpose is threefold – that through his “tail” of miraculous survival, he is here to help his fellow four-legged friends, to remind us all of the importance of animal adoption and to stress the necessity of local spay and neuter programs. If through my art, I am able to help deliver Wall-E’s message and speak on behalf of those that cannot, then I have done my job as an artist and advocate for all animals.”
– Artist, Ron Burns
Wall-E’s tale is one of miraculous survival; the type of story that, despite our petty and not-so-petty differences, unites us all by a common thread – our adoration and love for man’s best friend.
The now-famous pup had been attempted to be euthanized twice on February 18th, 2011 – once through a vein in his leg and once directly through his chest cavity. In spite of the fact that the staff veterinarian could no longer hear or feel a pulse from the second attempt, Wall-E was found alive the following morning by shelter volunteer and vet tech Amanda Kloski. He wasn’t suffering – just hungry.
His story became a viral sensation – an international news hit that took Wall-E all the way from a small town in Oklahoma to New York City for an appearance on CBS’s Good Morning America. The pup that had a few days earlier sat in front of a grocery store adoption event in hopes of being adopted unsuccessfully was now the most sought-after pet adoption in America.
Animal artist and Philanthropist Ron Burns was personally asked by Amanda Kloski to paint a portrait of Wall-E to support the building of a new animal shelter – the Murray County Animal Shelter, a desperately-needed facility in Davis, Oklahoma. How could he say no? “In capturing Wall-E’s personality I decided to portray him in his forever home, relaxing on his favorite chair with a pillow that conveys his big heart and love for life. Next to him is a bouquet, again representing a “beautiful life”, with a shamrock arranged above his head to symbolize his good luck as well as the real shamrock-like image on his behind.” An open edition print is now available for order to support the building of The Murray County Animal Shelter.
Museum-quality giclee print on archival paper
Image Size: 15 x 12.5
Paper Size: 18 x 14.5
Certificate of Authenticity Included
Hand-signed by artist Ron Burns
All prints include Wall-E’s reproduced paw print to signify his “paw of approval”
How to Enter
Today’s giveaway winner will receive a free signed Wall-E print by mail. As always, only those in our e-mail list are eligible, and if you’re not one, you can fix that in five seconds by clicking here. When your first daily digest e-mail arrives, hit reply, type the words “enter me” in the subject and send (current subscribers can reply to today’s digest). We’ll use randomizer.org to select one winner, who will be notified by e-mail. Entries will be accepted through midnight Saturday: please note that this contest is open to readers worldwide.
For more information on how you can support the building of the Murray County Animal Shelter, please go to www.ronburns.com/walle
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