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Poorly drawn pet photo fundraiser draws in big money for Wisconsin Humane Society

An example of the poor pet photo contest by the Wisconsin Humane Society.
An example of the poor pet photo contest by the Wisconsin Humane Society.(WBAY)
Published: Feb. 27, 2020 at 10:35 PM CST
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The Wisconsin Humane Society is getting national attention for a simple yet funny fundraiser involving your pets.

“The poorly drawn pet fundraiser is a Facebook fundraiser, users will donate $15 and comment their pet's photo and we have staff and volunteers standing by to do a poorly drawn rendition of said picture,” said Shaina Allen, marketing coordinator for the Green Bay campus.

Hundreds of people posted a picture of their pet and within a day people donated about $12,000 to the humane society. The Green Bay campus alone got $650.

“We were inspired by a group in Baltimore, the Barks Animal Shelter, they did a similar fundraiser a couple months back and it was very successful. We figured, why not give it shot and see how it goes in our Wisconsin community,” said Allen.

It took off like a dog without a leash. Volunteers and employees are working to catch up on the all the pictures now that the fundraiser has ended.

“It's a lot of fun, it's harder than I thought it would be though. I thought, well how hard is it to draw a dog,” said Jan Niec who works at the Green Bay Campus.

She became a Facebook renowned artist after just 10 drawings.

Due to its popularity, Allen says they might try it again in the future.