Alexandria, VA

Over the last two weeks of adoptable pets at ALXnow we’ve had cats that high-five, bonded rabbits, and now: a painting pup named Ricasso.

Ricasso, né Rico, came to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria last fall, according to Gina Hardter, director of marketing and communications for the AWLA. He quickly perfected sit, stay and shake, but staff noticed his constant tail-wagging and had an ambitious idea.

“When he was introduced to some washable paint, ‘Ricasso’ was born,” Hardter said.

Ricasso’s artistic debut will be on Dec. 6 at an “Art for Animals” auction event. Twenty paintings will be auctioned off with proceeds going to help his fellow pets in Alexandria.

Guests can register online for the wine and cheese auction — though vegan options will also be available. The artist is scheduled to be in attendance.

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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