Monticello Middle School art students and EAST students are teaming up to raise funds for the local dog rescue shelter and Monticello 2nd Chance Fur Dogs, a local organization that works with the dog rescue shelter to find homes for homeless dogs.

Students in Sherry Knight’s 6th grade art classes created 38 dog portraits that will be auctioned on Orrell Auctions & Real Estate website. Each painting is on an 8 x 10 canvas panel with acrylic medium.

When asked what he learned from participating in the project and what he would like person who purchases his art to know about his artwork, Dakota Barbee said, “It is nice to do stuff for others, like 2nd Chance Fur Dogs. If people like my painting of the dog then they might want to buy the dog I painted or another dog that they see at the shelter.”

The auction will begin on October 14 and run through October 19. To bid on the artwork, go to the Orrell Auctions & Real Estate website. While working on the project, Jimmy Orrell, owner of Orrell Auctions & Real Estate, visited the students and told them how he conducts online auctions and how he started his career.

The students hope that the entire community will give generously. All of the proceeds will be donated directly to Monticello 2nd Chance Fur Dogs.

Monticello EAST students are also working on a 2nd Chance Fur Dogs project.

The EAST students plan to establish 2nd Chance Fur Dogs as a ‘Pets for Vets’ charter, which will provide a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. The EAST students are also printing 3D name tags for the rescue pets, converting paperwork to digital e-copies, creating electronic adoption flyers, and exploring various grants for the shelter.