The Wisconsin Humane Society attends to 40,000 abandoned animals each year and relies on donations to make all of that work possible. To make sure it reaches its goals, the organization launched a new fundraiser campaign on the 25th of February.

"It's time to put the 'fun' back in fundraising... if you donate $15 to the animals at WHS, we'll make a portrait drawing of your pet," its Facebook post said. "We have a pool of staff and volunteers standing by, eager to turn your animal into a timeless work of art (or at least make you laugh). You might get one of our extremely talented artists, but we'll be honest... you'll probably get someone who can't draw their way out of a paper bag."

The submissions for pet portraits -- and donations -- immediately started pouring in. Continue scrolling to check out how the Humane Society dealt with them!

More info: wihumane.org

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago (edited)

Beyond cool. So stylized

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Angela Speed, the Vice President of Communications at the Wisconsin Humane Society told Bored Panda that the inspiration for this unique fundraiser came from a similar campaign done by an animal shelter group in Baltimore, BARCS. "We reached out to them about borrowing their idea, and also to learn more about how they made their campaign successful; we really appreciated their support and guidance!" Speed said.

Eventually, the flood of requests for these funny drawings got so big, the organization couldn't keep up with them anymore. So, it stopped accepting new submissions just one day in. But that's a good thing. "You all are truly incredible and surpassed our wildest expectations," The Wisconsin Humane Society wrote. "Our artists are working tirelessly to get the masterpieces of your adorable pets back to you as soon as possible, though it may take a few days at this point. Thank you all so much for your outpouring of support for the animals!"

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Daria B
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4 months ago

Wow! This one is skilled! I like the drawing here.

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"The volunteers who wielded crayons and colored pencils have been working tirelessly to get them finished. We had to close the campaign about 36 hours after we launched it, as we were so flooded with pet pics."

In total, the Wisconsin Humane Society raised about $12,000, which is truly fantastic. In addition, the campaign reached thousands of animal lovers, and engaged people with WHS in a unique and fun way. "February in Wisconsin can be a dreary month to get through, and we hope it brought a little bit of unexpected joy with our bad drawings into the hearts of our supporters."

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Bridget
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4 months ago

This needs to be in a museum!

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starry_skies
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4 months ago

Lmaoo I love this one <3<3

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Leo H
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4 months ago

That pretty spot on

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glowworm2
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4 months ago

I love this one!

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James
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4 months ago

This one is quite good

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Very nice.

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Molly Block
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4 months ago

OMG this is funny too!

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Leo H
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4 months ago

Me like

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Molly Block
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4 months ago

Is this one digital? I love it. HOW did they do it? Which app?? I really like this one, even if it's not drawn with pen/paper, it's still very cool! Can someone please tell me which app they used?

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FrancesCat
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4 months ago

I LOVE this one! That boop!

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Cool style. This one works.

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

Gotta say, you really captured him.

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Molly Block
Community Member
4 months ago

This is so funny!

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Ashley Kellers
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4 months ago

I love the simplicity of this one

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Susan Gardner
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4 months ago

Adorable

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

I can see this.

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glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

They nailed the cat's blep though!

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

Just perfect.

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Avery S Alberico
Community Member
4 months ago

CUTE!!!!!!!!!!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago

You're my boy, Blue! Sorry I had to. Haven't seen that movie in forever!

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Love how the drawing has the dog looking like they'd like some privacy.

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Carmen McLellan
Community Member
4 months ago

Puss n’ Boots taught him the Secret Weapon.

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Donna Leske
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4 months ago

Loaded with personality.

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Aileen
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4 months ago

I like this one. The eyes especially were captured well.

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Val Izhakevich
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4 months ago

Van Dogh.

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Pedro Marecos
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4 months ago

like the Ecce homo restoration.

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El Benjamino
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4 months ago

Where my walkies?

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Molly Block
Community Member
4 months ago

Love this one

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Fun!

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Avery S Alberico
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4 months ago

Yes she IS!!!!!

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Turnip and a Frog
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4 months ago

The stripes - uncanny 😃

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Tracy Barb
Community Member
4 months ago

How every cat sees themselves... Royalty! Love this picture.

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Tina MacKinnon
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4 months ago

It’s so awful, I’d frame it. Lol.

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