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An Act of Dog

An Act of Dog tells the story of Mark Barone, an artist who sets out to paint 5,500 portraits after his partner Marina Dervan discovers the number of dogs killed every day in our nation's shelters.


When Marina shows Mark the evidence, he doesn't want to look, but it's the pure raw number that drives him to pick up his brush in an effort to change the status quo.


After thousands of paintings begin to take their toll on him, Marina wonders if Mark will be able to make it to the finish line.

Major Funding


and the
Andrew Sabin Family Foundation

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Artist Mark Barone paints 8X8 portrait o

 Artist Mark Barone painting portrait of Grant.

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"It is an understatement to say An Act of Dog 

is extraordinarily moving.  It’s beyond that. 

It is transcendent..."

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Our Partners

Special thanks to our contributors


4-Legger LLC

Tunde Anday

Jen Chapin

Fidelity Charitable Fund donors


Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd.

The Rogers Family Company

Panera Bread 


Sweet Meadow Farm

North Shore Rink Management

TBG Design & Illustration


Linda Hendrickson

Marria Knight

Susan Allen

Michelle Kavanaugh

Ellen Sivers

Pamela Myers-Lewis

Jona Angst

Teresa Dyer

Jim Friend

Amy Calmann

Linda Young

Allyson McPhaul

Janet Crabb

Lynette Elliot

Rocio Elizabeth Guerra

Mary Lou Maraganis

Barbara Perry

Scarlett MacKenzie

Lisa Angelo

Linda Bollman

Pauliina Swartz

Margaret Polly Hallowell

Barbara Smith

Kathy Faircloth

Tanya Meyer

Barb Borer

Sally DiDonato

Marisa Bruno

Gary Van Geyte

Kimberly Moll

Daryn Jones

LaRayne Loucks

Tina van Roggen

Jessica Baker

Kerri Orazi

Marjory Klotz

Taira Byrne Mulliken

Laura Bearham

Russell Soule

Ian Adamczyk

Sue Roth

Pat McCauley

Barbara Niven

Keith Gerrard

Kristine Klar 

Amanda Sesely                   

Jamie Burniston

Adale O'Brien          

Lisa Hayton Palmer

Ursula Foeller          

Lisa Wayne  

Melissa Goyne

Debbie Kennedy     

Linda Nash

Jaine Weise 

Karen Elmore Lindeman   

Ryder Daniels

Stefania Bellini       

Laura Mercer

Marilyn Negron

Megan Chin

Thomas Soule         

Valarie Franklin

Mark Auriemma       

Nancy Thomas

Christie Carr

Edith Maxwell          

Karlyn Schnapp

Nancy Durham

Jim Kirk         

Deborah Whorley

Marie Chretien        

Audra Cooper

Maura Power         

Brian Yamanouchi

Kelli Kenison

Brenda Bass

Patricia Donmoyer

Carol Baron

Vishrut Naik

Jane Almon

James Sadler

Cynthia M. Mucheck          

Carmen Schwitzer  

Elizabeth Mink        

Becky Kootte

Michael Gordon      

Christine Valley      

Tara Barboza           

Fran Kolpack           

Alexis Kumasaka    

Mary Jo Bacorn       

Zdenka Adams        

James Friend           

Shannon Campbell

Kathy Cook  

Sheila Russell         

Jody Tarwid  

Samantha Surprenant

Richard DiTeodoro

Gayle Turner

Elisa Townshend    

Lori Gilbert    

Seema Z.

Jeanne Martinelli Engelkemeir   

Sandy Caravello

Jenny Colucci

Marie Cusenza

Gloria Finelli

Julie Klabin

Mariya Smetaniuk

Christine Teel

Katie Esposito

Sharon Lucie

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