June 1, 2023
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You may have seen the trend of “bad” (or in some cases, good) pet portraits from animal well-being (welfare) organizations on social media. For those unfamiliar with it, a donation is made and in return, a portrait of the donors’ pet is drawn. How good the portrait is depends on the artist assigned to it.

Last month, Maddie’s® Pet Forum Resource Drive focused on fundraising ideas. The “bad pet portrait” was mentioned by several organizations as a successful concept for them. Motley Zoo Animal Rescue participated in a community-wide fundraising in Seattle, and its hook was “give big, get bad.” Executive Director, Jme Thomas shared that with matching, the organization raised $50,000 over two days. After a donation, a “questionably talented” volunteer will draw a portrait. How good that portrait is is anyone’s guess. Which is part of the fun! Thomas shared that they use a combination of Google spreadsheets and a private Facebook group to fulfill the renderings. To drum up more interest, a quick turnaround is key so these portraits can be shared and word can be spread. Thomas adds that this is a great activity for kids to get involved and it’s a great angle to share with members of the media.

If you’re looking for the results of a similar fundraising, Jasmina Sumanovic shared “Awkward Pet Portraits” fundraiser that Friends for Life Animal Shelter held last year. Though looking through this thread, the quality of these portraits are great!

Has your organization held a similar event? Share now on Maddie’s® Pet Forum!