WAYLAND (WZZM) -- A local non-profit hopes to help people with disabilities through the use of art.
"Paws With A Cause" is a Wayland-based organization that breeds, trains and places dogs to help people with physical disabilities in their daily lives.
Thursday evening it will unveil an ArtPrize entry that speaks to the organization's mission.
"Amy Brumleve who is our breeding coordinator came up with a very cute idea and took a litter of 8 black labs and four weeks of age painted their paws and put them out on a canvas 54 inches by 16 feet and let them go to it," said Joe Dulin, director of advancement."
Brumleve repeated the process, using different colors, for four consecutive weeks as the pups grew in size.
"The final piece of the process was to take one of our clients, Bob Kozminski, and his dog Weaver . We painted the wheels of his wheel chair and painted the paws of Weaver and Weaver pulled Bob across the canvas," said Dulin. "The piece is called "Steps Towards Independence" and it really is a beautiful piece that speaks to the mission of Paws With A Cause."
Dulin says the organization hopes to accomplish many goals with the ArtPrize entry including raising awareness about the organization.
"We hope thousands of people come by and see the piece at ArtPrize and find out about Paws With A Cause. We are in need of help we have a litter of 10 puppies that need a home in a couple of weeks," said Dulin.