Encouraging Responsible Pet Ownership

Wags 4 Hope holds pet responsibility crafts where children learn how to properly take care of their pet through a fun activity!

Helping Shelter and Rescue Animals Across the Country

With each animal I capture on canvas, I envision one in need that I am helping.

My Story

How It Began:

My family began searching for three years through countless pet stores, shelters, newspapers, and private dog breeders for a loving and loyal friend. Our search happily ended when my family was searching the Internet and stumbled upon a two-year-old shaggy dog that had been rescued from a high-kill shelter in Houston, Texas.

Teddy was saved by Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue. At his veterinarian check up, it soon was discovered that he tested positive for heartworm disease through an antigen test. Teddy had to be given two injections of arsenic and remain in a crate. It broke my heart to know that my dog had endured great pain. Having learned the devastating effects of heartworm from my loving companion, I seek to raise awareness of Teddy’s story. I decided to sell my custom animal portraits to help other animals like Teddy. Wags 4 Hope also works to encourage responsible pet ownership. His wagging gives me hope that so many other animals can be saved. 

My Paintings

  About my Artwork

I enjoy painting dogs and cats. I thought it would be a great idea to sell my custom  artwork to benefit animals in need. I welcome requests for farm animals as well! My paintings are done in acrylic paint/ or watercolors.

Photo: Brian A. Pounds
Photo: Brian A. Pounds


Acrylic: it is $65 for an 8×12 painting of one animal and $75 for two animals in one painting  on canvas

Watercolor: it is $35 for an 8×12 painting on watercolor paper

Prices vary with requests for smaller or bigger canvases and the number of animals capture. Please note that the cost can be negotiable when ordering more than two paintings. If you are interested in my artwork, please email me at wags4hope@gmail.com for more information

Here are some samples of previous paintings:






Recent Painting Donations from Wags 4 Hope:

  • Donated a painting to the Mayo Clinic’s new children’s cancer wing to help brighten the patients’ days
  • Donated a painting to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society’s Making a Difference Ball to raise donations to support their shelter
  • Donated a painting to the Noah’s Light Foundation’s Laughter Heals event to raise donations to support pediatric brain cancer research
  • Donated a painting to the 4th annual Somerville Dog Festival’s Silent Auction to help promote happy and healthy pet ownership
  • Donated a painting to the SPCA of Westchester’s Top Hat and Cocktails Gala’s Silent Auction at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, to celebrate and raise funds for the animals at the SPCA of Westchester
  • Donated a painting to the Yale- New Haven Children’s Hospital to help brighten the cancer patients’ days
  • Donated 50 of my dog paintings to the Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Norwalk, CT, for their 50th anniversary of their annual “Paws in the Park” fundraising event

Satisfied Furry Friends

Some pets next to their portrait!
















Television and Radio

“Wags 4 Hope” (Giving Back Podcast

“Everyday MVP by News8 and Frontier Communications” (WTNH News8)

“Wags 4 Hope” (WTNH News8)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Connecticut Style TV Show)

“Wags 4 Hope” (NPR’s Dog Talk®)

“Fairfield Teen Using Her Talent to Help Shelter Dogs” (AOL)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Pet Radio Show)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Better Connecticut TV Show)

“Hometown Hero” (News 12 CT)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Pet Life Radio)

“Annie and Teddy on Pet Talk”  (News 12 CT Pet Talk) 

Magazines, Newspapers, and Blogs

Check out where Wags 4 Hope has been featured and read some of my pet articles!

“Wags 4 Hope” (Hooplaha)

“My Mentor” (Crain’s Connecticut)

“A Shaggy Dog Story” (New York Minute)

“Helping Animals” (Woman’s World Magazine)

“We Catch Up with Annie Blumenfeld, a Teen Advocate for Animal Health” (Dogster)

“Fighting the good fight against heartworm disease in dogs” (Shake Paws)

“Wags 4 Hope Founder Uses Biz Smarts and Art” (Like a Boss Girls)

“Here’s Why Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is So Important” (Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls)

“To Eat or Not to Eat” (TownVibe)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Good News Network)

“This Teen Will Paint Your Pet to Save Other Animals’ Lives” (Points of Light)

“Wags 4 Hope” (GenerationOn)

“Preventing Heartworms in Dogs” (Dogs on Deployment)

“Q & A With the Founder of Wags 4 Hope” (Wondermint)

“Wags 4 Hope” (FIDO Friendly Magazine)

“Taking Control of Heartworm Disease in Dogs” (Sandy Robins Online)

“Young Woman’s Art is Saving Dogs’ Lives” (The Dodo)

“High School Student’s Mission to Raise Heartworm Awareness a Success” (Examiner)

“Young Pet-caso Paints for a Cause” (The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Sheltering Magazine)

“A heartwarming story” (Animal Tales Magazine)

“Wags 4 Hope” (American Lifestyle Magazine)

“Teen’s Inspiring Mission Will Melt Your Heart and Brighten Your Walls” (Pet Guide)

“Annie Blumenfeld & Wags 4 Hope” (Dog Gone Art Magazine)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Fairfield Magazine)

“Wags 4 Hope” (SPCA International)

“Teenager Becomes Heartworm Hero” (DogChannel.com)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Fashion Institute of Technology)

“Young Leader Annie Blumenfeld & Wags 4 Hope (The Pet Matchmaker)

“A Matter of the Heart” (PETS Magazine in Canada)

“April is Heartworm Awareness Month!” (StubbyDog)

“April is Heartworm Awareness Month” (New York Daily News)

“Teen Raises Awareness About Heartworm Disease” (Vetstreet)

“Kids Making an Impact” (The Mom Connection)

“Heartworm Awareness Month” (Fidose of Reality)

“At 16, Annie Raises Money for Heartworm Treatment” (Good Things Going Around)

“National Heartworm Awareness Month” (Mutt-i-grees)

“Straight Talk on Heartworm Disease” (Examiner)

“A Girl’s Heartwarming Business That’s Saving One Dog at a Time” (RIZZARR)

“Heartworm Awareness” (Connecticut House Republicans)

“High School Student Takes Heartworm Awareness to Her State Legislature” (Examiner)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Dogs Life Magazine in Australia)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Connecticut Humane Society)

“A Herald for Heartworm Prevention” (Dog Fancy Magazine)

“Heartworm Prevention Makes Tails Wag!” (Animal Wellness Magazine)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Dog’s World Magazine West Africa)

“Teen Uses Art to Tackle Heartworms” (Cesar Milan’s Cesar’s Way Magazine)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Dogs Unleashed Magazine in Michigan)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Mutt-i-grees)

“My Mission is to Eradicate Heartworm in Dogs” (Dogster)

“Annie and Teddy Spread the Word About Heartworm Disease” (1800 PetMeds Blog)

“From One Heart to All” (American Heartworm Society)

“Wags 4 Hope” (Teen Ink)

Educational Flyer

In light of April being National Heartworm Disease Awareness month, I created and designed an educational flyer, which I had spread to all 50 states, parts of the UK, Australia, and West Africa. I did this by contacting animal welfare organizations, pet friendly hotels, and universities. It was truly incredible to be able to share my story, and communicate my mission personally on the phone to hundreds of pet owners. Each heart on the map below indicates where my flyer has been.

Each heart indicates where I have shared fliers



You can follow Teddy on Tumblr where he reminds you

to give your pet their monthly heartworm disease preventative, AND you

can hear all about Teddy’s adventures!



Wags 4 Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Wags 4 Hope accepts monetary donations and animal goods (food, toys, blankets, etc.) If you are a company that would like to donate, you will receive a special shout out on the Wags 4 Hope Facebook page and your name featured below alongside other donors. Please send me an email if you can help in anyway.

Some of the shelters and rescues supported:


Special thanks to PetMeds for their donation of flea prevention for animals in need!