After donations took a massive hit this year due to the ongoing pandemic, this September the RSPCA Manchester and Salford is launching a fundraiser with a difference.

The team is marvellous with moggies, great at grappling with guinea pigs but what are their artistic abilities like? For the first time ever their inhouse “artists” are launching a fundraising campaign called Badly Drawn Pets.

The activity will see the team draw “pawtraits” and must have mementoes of people’s fury friends and companions. Whilst they might not be Van Gough or Monet, they have their pencils out to help out, to raise £3,000 for a new incubator for neo-natal kittens and a go pro to observe behaviours.

Each commission costs £10 and the artists will create a masterpiece to make you smile. The perfect gift for any animal lover or early Christmas present.

Everyone who commissions a sketch of their pet will also go into a draw to win a black and white framed drawing by professional artist – Artistry By Lou.

Susie Hughes, Branch Manager at RSCPA Manchester and Salford, said:

“Our animal centre opened in July last year and was going from strength to strength until Covid-19 came along.

“Donations all but dried up and understandably everyone is feeling the strain, so we decided to come up with a fun and innovative fundraising idea, which as well as allowing us to purchase some vital equipment, will also hopefully put a few smiles on faces along the way.

“The artists taking part are staff from the centre, animal foster carers and volunteers who do a wide range of jobs from cat socialising, cleaning out rabbit pens and helping at the office. None of them are particularly skilled artists, so we cannot wait to see their results! They are all raring to go and have their pencils and crayons at the ready.”

All people need to do is donate on the RSPCA Manchester and Salford Just Giving page, where full details can be found on how to collect or have your badly drawn pet “pawtrait” posted.

RSPCA Manchester and Salford opened in July 2019 in a small warehouse in Salford. In the first 12 months of being open they admitted 749 animals. They focus on cats, kittens and small furies. They also have a network of around 30 foster carers who help with the animals and more complex rehabilitation needs. Following Covid-19 income from charity shops was wiped out for four months, and has left the centre struggling. They also had to cancel all fundraising activity until now, which saw the team come up with the Badly Drawn Pets initiative.


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