Roosters are treated as disposable by-products of the egg industry and exploited by illegal and cruel fighting rings. But they are also beautiful, funny, sociable and loyal. These noble birds have long been symbols of fertility, protection, fidelity, good luck and hospitality. Images of them grace homes around the world to invoke their spirit and charm. For the heroic rooster rescuers out there who take in these unwanted, sometimes injured and terrified fellows, I raise a little money here and there to help the cause. If you buy a rooster portrait from me, a real rooster sanctuary gets a $50 donation, and the roosters named in the paintings get the care they need. Thanks for supporting my “pet” cause!