All proceeds will go to help the animals.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — For the second year in a row, the Humane Society of West Michigan is hosting a unique fundraiser to support the furry friends in your care.

The shelter has launched “Animal Care Artists,” which is when for every donation of $10 or more per pet, you can get a custom pet portrait.

All you have to do is make the donation, then submit a photo of your pet that will be recreated.

Brianna Shahly, the marketing and communications coordinator, says an employee saw another shelter doing it during COVID and thought it was a great way to bring the community together in a safe and fun way.

“We have some really talented artists in the building along with our staff and volunteers, who do all kinds of really beautiful things,” Shahly says. “And there are some of us who are maybe better at caring for animals, we’re not artists or painters. But either way, you’re really going to have a unique piece that will be a talking point and a great keepsake.” your pet in any way.”

All proceeds will go to help the animals.

Shahly says that because the Humane Society is a nonprofit, they don’t receive government funding, so it’s important to get as many donations as you can from animal lovers or people who just want to help.

“Every dollar donated makes a world of difference, both in the lives of the animals in our care and those we foster,” says Shahly. “So we can support a lot of pets and encourage them to keep saving more lives and continue this mission.”

The Humane Society says they are lucky to have such an amazing community in West Michigan as they had great end of the year donations and Giving Tuesday.

But Shahly says her adoption rate has been down lately.

“So anyone thinking of adding a fur baby to their family, we’d love for you to come and visit us during our office hours. We have lots of adoptable pets here: dogs, cats, and small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and other pets. like that. We’d love to be a matchmaker for your family.”

You can click here for more information and to participate. The last day is Thursday, January 19.

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