Picasso Pets 2023

Hand in Paw's 22nd annual signature auction, Picasso Pets, helps bring Animal-Assisted Therapy to those who need it most. The Tutus and Top Hats themed gala took place on Saturday, August 19 from 6-10pm at The Harbert Center. Picasso Pets is Hand in Paw’s largest fundraiser and ensures that their Animal-Assisted Therapy services can be delivered at no charge to over 70 facilities across North Central Alabama and Tuscaloosa.

The whimsical evening started with a chic cocktail reception featuring delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres, wine pull, photo booth, live auction previews and more. Following the reception, guests enjoyed the official debut of our 2023 Picasso Pets paintings. These paintings are created by prominent local artists who work with patrons and their pets to create exceptional commissioned pieces that are treasured for a lifetime. A live auction and seated dinner added to the evening's excitement, and Hand in Paw Therapy Teams interacted with guests throughout the event!

The 2023 Picasso Pets theme was “Top Hats and Tutus”!  Borris, Pippa, and Bernie Davis were the Faces of Picasso Pets, which was created by local photographer, Connie Collum, in collaboration with Hand in Paw Communications Director, Brittany Filby. The adorable furry trio are the pets of long-time Hand in Paw supporters and Creative Dog Training’s Founder and CFO, Margaret and Conor Davis. Guests were encouraged to wear top hats and tulle to match the whimsical theme!

Picasso Pets was created to celebrate animals' amazing ability to help people have a brighter day, to heal and to realize their potential. All funds raised enable Hand in Paw to carry out their mission to improve human health and well-being.