The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) was determined to put the “fun” back in fundraising and were amazed at the response when they did just that. “If you donate $15 to the animals at WHS, we’ll draw your pet,” they wrote on their Facebook page on February 25. “The catch? We’re a whole lot better at caring for animals than we are at drawing them.” With a team of staff and volunteers ready, they were “eager” to turn people’s furry friends into works of art. “You might get one of our extremely talented artists, but we’ll be honest,” they cautioned, “you’ll probably get someone who can’t draw their way out of a paper bag.”
Anyone could get a “bad” drawing of their pet. All that was needed was to donate the money and then comment with a photo of the animal to be sketched. WHS would then use pencils, colored pencils, and markers to craft a portrait and, afterward, reply to that comment with the artwork. Needless to say, many of the pet portraits lacked a certain artistic finesse, but there were plenty of drawings that captured some likeness of the dog or cat. Regardless of how the end result looked, those who commissioned the drawings were happy to do so for such a good cause. WHS serves 40,000 animals every year and relies on donations to make it possible.
By the evening of February 26, the WHS had closed submissions. “Your questionable spending habits raised more than $12,000 for the animals at WHS,” they said. “You all are truly incredible and surpassed our wildest expectations!!”