R.O.A.R. Squad: Lisa and George and their dogs, Iggy and Taiho

Welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members from New York: Lisa and George!

Lisa started the organization HeARTs Speak, whose vision is to “unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change.” [via]

From the HeARTs Speak website:

We have the ability to change the reality of good animals needlessly dying [in shelters] through a medium that speaks volumes without words: art. The soft eyes of an animal can convey trust, love and desire for companionship; a camera can wordlessly translate that in a powerful way. The creativity and passion of an artist’s eye is a brilliant bridge for animals that have been underestimated or cast aside. A picture really can speak a thousand words directly and succinctly.  

Read more about this great family after the jump and make sure to check out Lisa’s websites!

To learn more about the R.O.A.R Squad (Rescue Owners Are Rockin!), or if you would like to be profiled, all the info you need is HERE. A special shout out to the fabulous folks in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. These are the last provinces we need-  we really need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Lisa Prince Fishler and George Fishler


About Lisa and George: I (Lisa) m the owner and photographer for Printz Photography (facebook) and Founder and Director of HeARTs Speak (facebook). HeARTs Speak is a non profit organization that is working to unite the individual efforts of animal artists & animal rescues into collective action for social change.  I started HeARTs Speak because I was photographing animals at rescues and shelters in an effort to help relay their true nature through their photos, and hopefully facilitate their finding their person out there.  I believe a photo transcends words and can do so much to help animals get adopted, and often, saves their lives.  Too many sweet adoptable animals die in shelters each year, and my dream is to create a huge network of artists like myself who help animals in need.  I am hopeful that by doing this, we can greatly reduce the numbers that die in shelters each year. George is a Site Manager focusing on adaptive reuse and green construction.

My Soul Dog: Ignatius Bodhi Sattva (aka Iggy).  Iggy is my soul dog, inspiration for both  my photography business and my non profit, and best friend.  He’s 6 years old, and part Pit Bull, Mastiff, and Dogo Argentino.  He was originally born in a NYC shelter. 

Fabulous Foster Failure: Taiho is our brindle boy.  He’s a 3 yr old Pit Bull that we adopted from the Animal Farm Foundation. I met Taiho when I was at the farm photographing their adoptable pit bulls, and decided to “foster him.”  Needless to say, we are now official “Foster Failures.”


Where: Poughkeepsie, New York

P.S.: That gorgeous photo of Lisa and Iggy at the top of this post was taken by Diane Stredricke of Hudson River Photographer.

Want to meet another rescue owner in New York? Check out author Justine and her (girl) dog Marcus!

Join the R.O.A.R. Squad

Do you want to join the R.O.A.R. Squad? Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around. Ya game? Perfect! We’d love to have you!

Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Recruiting Members

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of finding at least one rescue owner from every state in the U.S. and at least one rescue owner from every province and territory in Canada by April 2011. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We’re looking for rescue dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots, horses… donkeys… snakes… we’re not biased around here. We just want rescues who have found fabulous homes! Check out all the R.O.A.R. Squad members HERE.

We need rescue owners from the following provinces asap:


  1. New Brunswick
  2. Newfoundland

I look forward to hearing from you!

7 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Lisa and George and their dogs, Iggy and Taiho”

  1. Heather says:

    What a fabulous organization you have started! I love the concept and too believe that the right photo can make or break a person’s decision to meet a particular dog. And I always have to laugh when I hear about foster failures, since I am one myself. Sometimes they come to you for a reason! Welcome to the sqaud!

  2. Kristine says:

    I would love to start fostering. It seems like some of the best people in the world manage to do it all. Truly inspiring. And, of course, the dogs are pretty awesome too!

  3. Kim says:

    I love a “foster failure!” I’m one myself 😉 And, I love what Lisa is doing to help homeless animals in shelters – they need ALL the help they can get to find good homes – what they all deserve. Bravo! I will check out the website!

  4. Trude says:

    Talk about timing! I just had my HeARTs Speak membership approved and here’s Lisa on your blog! Love her photography and her mission, so amazing. 🙂

  5. @Kari- They’re gorgeous, aren’t they?

    @Heather- I totally agree re: the importance of photos- it really makes a difference to catch the personality of the animal.

    @Kristine- I want to do it too! We can’t where we are living now… but when we move… 🙂

    @Kim- There are some great photos on her websites!

    @Trude- I thought of you when I worked on this piece! So glad you joined!

  6. Your work getting good Petfinder photos is so important. The more people know and can see about the dogs the better match they can find; we found our Mr. B from his petfinder photo. Your pooches are adorable.