'Adopt, foster': Poorly Drawn Pets campaign raising money for Wisconsin Humane Society

’Adopt, foster’: Poorly Drawn Pets campaign raising money for Wisconsin Humane Society

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Wendy Zhu doesn't claim to be a professional artist, but when it comes to the Wisconsin Humane Society's Poorly Drawn Pets Campaign, she may have missed the memo.

"Maybe just a drawn pet," Zhu laughed, drawing away on her iPad. "I'm probably one of the very few people who actually enjoys putting in the effort into my pet portraits."

Back by popular demand for its fourth year, the Wisconsin Humane Society offers people the chance to get their pets drawn for a $25 donation to the organization. The catch? It's in the name. The chances of your pet being "poorly drawn" by one of the volunteers are very high.

"I like the idea of poorly drawn pets because not everybody's into art, but this way all our volunteers can still participate," Zhu explained. "This is just for fun. It's a hobby for me. I don't take art that seriously."

You wouldn't be able to tell by looking at her drawings. Zhu takes the little details into consideration, like the curls on a puppy's furry face, or the shade of a certain cat. She says that attention to detail hasn't gone unnoticed.

"I've actually had some people contact me after Poorly Drawn Pets from a Facebook thread asking if I'd be able to continuing doing it for a donation," Zhu said. "(I) continue to do pet portraits for other people for a donation to WHS."

Zhu says she's probably drawn 20 pet portraits solely based off donation, just another way for her to give back to a cause already close to her heart.

"I'm a volunteer with both vets services and I volunteer in foster, as well as foster cats and dogs," Zhu said. "Adopt. Foster. It saves lives."

She remains hopeful those who are able will continue to support the Wisconsin Humane Society year-round.

"Keep donating, even past Poorly Drawn Pets," Zhu said. "If you can, support homeless animals."

More information on the Poorly Drawn Pets campaign can be found on the Wisconsin Humane Society's Facebook page.

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