Artist Gives Free Animal Portraits to Families Who Lost Animals in Marshall Fire


NORTHGLENN, Colo .– Thousands of people were suddenly evacuated Thursday as the Marshall Fire destroyed around 991 structures. Another layer of devastation from the fire comes in the form of families who have lost their pets in the chaos of the day.

Angela Hacker is a veterinary technician who knows how much pets matter to people.

“I don’t know where I would be without my pets. I have severe depression … My cats, my dogs, they keep me going. They are the reason I get out of bed. I became a vet tech because the animals did so much for me that I wanted to give back to them somehow, ”Hacker said.

Hacker is also an artist who does portraits of pets. When she saw the destruction caused by the fires in Boulder County, she knew she had to help.

“I would do a portrait for them if they had lost a pet in the fire,” Hacker said in Denver7, saying those portraits would be free.

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Hacker posted an article on Facebook about the idea and was shocked at the amount of positive support she received. She hoped her offer wouldn’t seem trivial in the face of the trauma suffered by hundreds of families.

“It won’t bring anyone back.” This is not going to fix everything. But I was hoping that would be fair, in the future for them, a sign that they knew someone cared about someone and that they weren’t taking care of them on their own, ”Hacker explained.

If you would like to request an animal portrait from Hacker, contact [email protected] and we will put you in touch.

Lost animals can be reported to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley at this link. Those in the Humanitarian Society said they were constantly updating their lost and found pages online.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley also said it currently does not need any pet food and supplies. However, if someone affected by the fires needs food or pet supplies, they can visit the Humanitarian Society at 2323 55th Street in Boulder.

The best way to help The Humane Society of Boulder Valley right now is to donate to their Emergency safety net fund.

Additionally, there are Facebook groups where members can share photos of their lost pets and last known locations, such as Colorado Lost & Found Pets or Boulder, CO – Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets.


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