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Raising Awareness for Shelter Dogs at Scotch Plains Public Library

Kailey Bondarowicz, Age 11, next to her contribution to the exhibit.
Abstract piece by local Scotch Plains artist, Vicki Parker.
Local Artist Vicki Parker's customized dog necklaces displayed at the reception.
Local artists Vicki Parker and Leeza Hernandez standing next to Parker's photos.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month, the Scotch Plains Public Library is hosting a series of dog-themed events throughout October, in addition to an on-going art exhibit until the end of October.

 On the evening of October 10th, Scotch Plains Public Library hosted a reception with the contributing artists to show their dog-themed pieces. Many community members came by to support the local artists and see their inspiring work.

Local artists Vicki Parker and Leeza Hernandez were there with their canine-inspired paintings, drawings, collage and mixed media. Vicki Parker had a special display of photography taken from shelters in Georgia and South Carolina. Parker made trips to the southern shelters with Home for Good Dog Rescue (, a foster-based rescue group in Summit, NJ.  Please send inquiries about Vicki Parker's works to

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Leeza Hernandez is an award-winning illustrator and children’s book author. Some of her paintings as well as her illustrations from her children’s book titled ‘Dog Gone!’ are displayed at the library. Find more info about Hernandez here:

Kailey Bondarowicz, Age 11, wrote a piece that is displayed in the library’s exhibit called ‘We Are a Foster Family’. In it, she tells readers about her experience providing a temporary foster home to dogs in need. Her written piece is accompanied by photos of her past foster dogs and of her own rescue dog.

 “My passion is fostering death row dogs and finding a home where they can be loved forever,” Kailey writes, “Whether they are sick, timid, or neglected, I am not intimidated by their condition. I am willing to help any animal that needs me.”

During the reception on October 10, Kailey stood next to her piece ready to talk to the public about her experience. “Fostering helps me make a positive difference in the world,” Kailey proudly ends her piece, “If you are ever interested in adding a dog to your family, I strongly encourage you to adopt. There are so many wonderful dogs in need of a home. Somewhere there is a dog waiting to love you.”

The exhibit runs from October 5th – October 29th. You can check the library website for hours, The library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue in Scotch Plains.

Local artist Vicki Parker will be at the library on Wednesday, October 23, creating dog-themed necklaces or magnets with adults and teens in grades 6 & up. This workshop will run from 6-8 pm. Reservations are required. Scotch Plains Public Library programs are free and open to the public. Those interested in attending the dog-themed necklace workshop must register through the library’s website, by phone at 908-322-5007 x204 or via e-mail at

The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.


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