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Two North Dallas women are turning their passion for the arts into passion for saving animals.

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In North Texas, some 200,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each year – and that’s a modest estimate.

Erin Hannigan is one North Dallas woman who’s working to change all that. Hannigan is the principal oboist at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is a professor of oboe at SMU.

Hannigan got in contact with photographer Teresa Berg after seeing her on CBS Sunday Morning. Like Hannigan, Berg also uses her talents to help animals.

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Berg’s studio happens to be in Hannigan’s neighborhood. So the two joined forces; and together, they formed the 501-C-3 charity Artists for Animals.

And on February 13th, Hannigan and Berg will be putting on their annual fundraising concert, with all proceeds going to Operation Kindness, the largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas.

In addition, Hannigan says the two put on a weekly art show.

Berg says Artists for Animals has been a most rewarding experience.

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