The Delaware Museum of Art partnered with the Delaware Humane Association to host the Doggy Days of Summer on Friday, Aug. 16, in the museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden. The event was held from 6-8 p.m. and included free drinks and treats for the dogs. A featured of the evening was free caricatures done by artist Sam Mylin. The Delaware Humane Association had adoptable dogs there to meet and greet for people who were interested in adoption or had general questions about the process.
Sam Mylin began doing dog caricatures about 7 years ago and said, “I never dreamed I would be doing doggy caricatures, but it’s a fun thing.” Currently an employee of the Delaware Art Museum, Sam is a professional graphic artist and cartoonist, and teaches cartooning. He does enjoy other mediums such as painting, drawing, and building.
Sam got started in his home town of Lancaster, Pa., where a Doggy Days of Summer Event was happening the very same night. As Sam drew Lily the pug, he laughed and said, “One of my students is actually working that gig, but it’s a good thing because I would rather be here.” You can visit Sam’s Facebook page by clicking here.
The Copeland Sculpture Garden was the inspiration behind the Doggy Days of Summer. Jennifer Jenkins, the museum’s Manager of Marketing and Public Relations, shared that the inspiration for the event came from the many owners who would take their dogs to walk through the beautiful Sculpture Garden during the day. The Copeland Sculpture Garden is open to the public from dusk to dawn, longer than the hours the museum is open. The Delaware Art Museum wants to encourage the community to take advantage of the Sculpture Garden when the museum is not open.
The Doggy Days of Summer was part of the Delaware Art Museum’s Art is After Dark 2013 series. One of many programs that the museum has to offer, the Art is After Dark events are on select Friday nights each month for adults. They range from larger social events with music, drinks, and opportunities to explore the galleries after hours to smaller events, such as Yoga or film screenings in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. The museum often will partner with local organization, nonprofits or businesses for these events. For more information on the Delaware Art Museum’s Art is After Dark 2013 series click here. You can find more information about other series the Delaware Art Museum has on their Programs and Events page.
The Delaware Art Museum had the inspiration for the Doggy Days of Summer however they wanted to partner with a local organization. According to Jessica, “[the] Delaware Humane Association was a perfect fit.” The Delaware Humane Association brought adoptable dogs to visit the museum and owners gave contributions as well. The Delaware Humane Association is much more than just a shelter, it is a valuable resource for not only dog owners, but those interested in getting a dog. Their Resource Library and Helpful Links pages are loaded with valuable information.
For those that have a pet, the Delaware Humane Association offers amazing programs to the public such as a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program, the Close to Home Free Spay/Neuter Program (this is for cats), information on dog licensing, information on how to register Pit Bulls in accordance with the City of Wilmington Ordinance, low cost Microchipping and Vaccination Clinics, and even something called Pet Food Pantry, operated on the honor system, where people can get food to feed their pet in times of need. The food is all donated.
There are many different kinds of programs for people who want to help the Delaware Humane Association. You can volunteer to be a Foster Care Parent. The Delaware Humane Association will train you and give you what you need to care for your foster pet. Another way to help is to be a Guardian Angel. By giving a small amount ($15 for a cat or $25 for a dog) each month, you will be covering the cost for the shelter to take care of an animal that is “less adoptable” because of behavioral or medical needs. They also have a Helping Hands Club that is partly volunteering for animal emergencies (mainly during summer and spring when many litters are born) and part donations.