Podcast Episode 178: Creative Ways to Help Adoptable Pets with your Business with Nicole McKay

In this episode I’m talking to pet portrait artist Nicole McKay of AugiDog about creative ways to give back to animal rescues while growing your business. She told me about how she volunteers with adoptable dogs and actually paints with the dogs to help them find their furever families.

Nicole also shares how a life threatening accident with her dog Augi inspired her to create custom pet portraits so that pet parents can hold onto the memories of their beloved pets. Nicole’s story and business are so inspiring that while we did this interview we decided to host a virtual art PAWty! Head over to my Instagram account @wearwagrepeat to find the details and get involved! You can also find a lick painting tutorial over here.

Pet Portrait Artist Nicole McKay

Nicole McKay, is a dog mom, and community enthusiast. When she’s not creating custom pet canvases, you can find Nicole volunteering on several committees and getting involved with local events. She is passionate about business and animals, and sharing stories of other people’s pets really makes her heart sing. Her mission is to use her custom pet canvases to empty animal shelters.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • How Nicole’s dog inspired her to create custom pet canvases
  • Ways that Nicole supports local animal charities with art
  • Advice for pet lovers wanting to contribute
  • Creative ideas for how to volunteer and fundraise for animal rescue
  • How to make a peanut butter lick painting with your dog

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