Project Animals Are Our Friends

Found Animals Foundation, Lu Parker Project and the City of Los Angeles partner with LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program for a unique student art project

October 5, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA –– Art, children and a cause, there’s no better creative combination! LA-based nonprofit Found Animals Foundation, Lu Parker Project and the City of Los Angeles have partnered with the LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, to launch the “Animals Are Our Friends” student art project.

The one-of-a-kind art project encourages students of LA’s BEST to work their creative minds towards a meaningful competition: Creating art reflecting compassion and respect for animals.

The educational art project kicked-off in mid-September across 186 LA’s BEST elementary schools -- serving 28,000 children between the ages of five and 12-- and will run through mid-October. The project will culminate with a star-studded awards ceremony at the Found Animals Forum held on November 13 at the California Science Center.

A judging panel comprised of celebrities, local news personalities, and city leaders are slated to announce the selected artworks on that day. The celebrity panel includes: Univision personality Ericka Pino, Animal Planet’s “Shorty” the Pit Boss, KCBS television personality Jackie Johnson, KTLA’s Morning News Co-Anchor Frank Buckley, Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz and General Manager of the Department of Animal Services Brenda Barnette.

“We are delighted to partner with LA’s BEST, Lu Parker Project and the City of Los Angeles on such a meaningful project.  Engaging young minds to help raise awareness on animal welfare issues is the most effective way to mold future attitude and change,” explained Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director of Found Animals Foundation.

In addition, Found Animals has called on all animal-loving artists in the Los Angeles area to take part in the competition and submit their own artwork. To learn more, please visit All submissions must be received by October 14th for consideration. 

“This project is close to my heart because it really showcases what Lu Parker Project is all about. The students will walk away more informed about animal welfare, and I believe they will have a better sense of belonging by sharing their incredible talents with the citizens of Los Angeles,” said Lu Parker, Founder of Lu Parker Project.

Select artwork will be on display at prominent animal shelter locations around the Los Angeles area. 


Found Animals Foundation is a privately funded Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. The Found Animals team works directly within the animal welfare community to improve animal shelter processes, fund pet sterilization research, promote effective animal welfare policy, and provide funding to area shelters and spay/neutering clinics. The organization also sponsors and promotes pet adoption, pet spay and neutering, microchipping programs, and various animal and pet-related events. For more information, please visit:


Lu Parker Project is a Los Angeles based non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of homeless animals and at-risk youth through education, the arts, and community projects. The LPP team works closely with area non-profit organizations to increase awareness and respect towards animals, and to promote responsible pet ownership. The organization also focuses on developing projects that help to raise funds for improvements within the Los Angeles animal shelters. From an educational point of view, LPP encourages and fosters a sense of civic responsibility amongst youth in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit:


LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 186 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school - at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. For more information, please visit

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