Artist Vicky Issott has created a card featuring Polly, the dog rescued from Mexico who went missing for eight days in Nelson earlier this month. The prototype is shown here with Issott and Polly. All funds raised go to the Nelson SPCA. Photo: Gary Poignant

Artist creating greeting card of Polly

Funds raised will benefit Nelson SPCA

Polly, the dog rescued from Mexico, not only captured the hearts of Nelson residents but inspired a local artist to create greeting cards depicting the chihuahua to support the SPCA.

Vicky Issott produced an acrylic painting to turn into cards after she had heard the dog had been found safe, but injured last week.

“Fingers crossed we can raise some money for the animals,” said Issott, who is hoping to have the cards back from the printer and available for sale early next week.

Issott, a member of the Nelson SPCA community council who has been involved in similar animal fundraisers over the years, said the Polly saga is one that she had to jump on board for.

“To save the life of an animal won’t change the world, but surely the world will change for that one animal. It certainly did for Polly. How fitting,” wrote Issott in a Facebook message, tweaking a famous quote from British canine behaviourist Karen Davison.

Polly was “days away from certain death” when Nelson resident Denise Maglio rescued the dog from a pound in Tijuana, Mexico, in late January.

Polly was flown from San Diego to B.C. , arriving in Nelson on January 29. The following day Polly slipped out of its collar while being walked near Hume School.

Eight days later two Nelson Hydro workers found Polly near the airport and managed to coax her back into their truck.

When found, Polly was missing a toe and had a cut on its left rear paw. The dog, now staying at an SPCA foster home in Fairview, was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

When completely healthy, Polly will be moved to a permanent home in the Nelson area.

Issott said the cards, which will sell for $5 each or three for $12 will be available through the Nelson SPCA and through her Facebook page, which is called vizzyart. Issott also hopes to raise additional money by selling the original prototype of the card separately.

 

The SPCA foster parents for Polly took this photo to express their gratitude after the dog’s safe return last week. Photo submitted

Just Posted

Nearby wildfire closes Idaho Peak

The popular hiking spot is off limits to the public

Granite Pointe’s GM honoured among world’s top golf teachers

David Belling has been included on a top-100 list

VIDEO: Nelson Leafs prepare for new season with training camp

Forty-seven players hit the ice last weekend

Former mayor to advise would-be West Kootenay politicians

Christina Benty will lead a candidate workshop on Aug. 27 in Castlegar

Child, 4, attacked by cougar near Fernie

The BC Conservation Officer Service said it happened while the family was fishing

VIDEO: Monday Roundup: Aug. 13, 2018

The Nelson Star’s weekly news roundup

Child dies in boating incident in Okanagan

A North Vancouver family was boating on Kalamalka Lake in Vernon when the incident occured

B.C. Wildfires 2018: Province calls for federal aid

More fires have burned in B.C. already this year than did in all of 2017

Kayak in Indian Arm waters off B.C.’s Deep Cove and feast on famous doughnuts

About a half hour drive from Vancouver, Deep Cove is a great kayaking spot for locals and tourists

Trans Mountain pipeline protesters practise resisting police at Camp Cloud

Last week, a Supreme Court judge granted the City of Burnaby an injunction ordering protesters to remove everything from the site

Gun used in Fredericton killings is legal, man had licence

Police Chief Leanne Fitch said the long gun is commonly available for purchase, and is not a prohibited or restricted weapon

Ontario will sell pot online when legalization comes in the fall

There are further plans to have pot in private retail stores in early 2019

Woman missing after car swept away by mudslide near Cache Creek

A search is now underway for Valerie Morris, who has been missing since the afternoon of August 11.

VIDEO: B.C. city to host Western Regional Quidditch Championship in 2019

The fictional game in the Harry Potter series has become popular around the world, with 600 athletes in Canada alone

Most Read