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'Rubbish' Pet Portraits Raise Over £50k For Homeless

This may have started off as a joke, but Hercule Van Wolfwinkle's "rubbish" pet portraits are being sold like hotcakes and have raised over £50k for a homeless charity. Also, we want one too. 

As BBC News reports, Phil Heckels, from Worthing, West Sussex, started working until the alias Hercule Van Wolfwinkle in 2020. Jokingly, he drew his his dog and put it on Facebook, offering paid-for commissions. He was just as surprised as anyone when genuine requests started coming in. Not only that, but his drawings have gotten really popular, and as pet owners ourselves, we can totally see why. Because the volume of requests was so big, it essentially became a lottery where Wolfwinkle decides who he draws and who he doesn't.

In addition to the drawings, Wolfwinkle writes accompanying fake profiles for each pet as well as reviews from the 'customers' - also written by Wolfwinkle. Additional merchandise, such as tea towels and calendars, has also been created. 

Initially, the drawings were marketed at the joke price of £299. Later on, that became Wolfwinkle's original fundraising target. Now, "he has ambitions to reach £75,000, and has publicly vowed to get his first tattoo - his signature on his buttocks - on reaching that goal."

Wolfwinkle told BBC: "This whole thing is absolutely brilliant. To be honest it still doesn't feel real. I remember being sat on the sofa with my wife, laughing that we would never reach £299, and now we're here. I'd love to do this forever, it's just working out how we keep it going because I've basically created a second full-time job for myself. The money and publicity for Turning Tides has been phenomenal."

Turning Tides is the homeless organization to which Wolfwinkle has been giving all the raised money, and Wolfwinkle said he was "overwhelmed" by the amount raised for them. Sometime in May, a book with some of Wolfwinkle's work will be published, with part of the profits being donated to Turning Tides as well. 

There are no direct payments for the portraits. Anyone can donate to the cause to Wolfwinkle's JustGiving page, sending him a picture to draw. People wanted to send Wolfwinkle money, but he told BCC previously that he didn't want to take the money because "the pictures are rubbish." Check out some of his drawings below, and for more fun, poorly drawn animals, click right here!

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Artist Creates 'Crappy Pet Portraits' To Raise Money For Charity

They're kind of all amazing, in their own crappy, adorable way. 

Meet Hercule Van Wolfwinkle, the acclaimed pet portrait artist, who has come up with a creative and fun way to help raise money for the charity Turning Tides Ending Local Homelessness, a homelessness charity local to Hercule. The charity is described in the fundraising site as, " local charity that believe everyone has the right to a home, regardless of the difficulties and issues they may face in their lives. They believe in showing those who need their help, that the wider community are there to support them too!"

The acclaimed artist seems to be in demand, the fundraising project already 577% more than the target. And with the donations comes the beautiful, and highly realistic pet portraits. Also explained within the fundraising project, Hercule has two styles when it comes to his masterpiece creations, "one super realistic full colour which is just like looking at a photograph or alternatively the more contemporary black and white portrait that will grace any home."

Check out some of these museum-worthy drawings and start donating to obtain your one original Hercule Van Wolfwinkle! 

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Terminally Ill Woman Will Fulfill Her Bucket List Wish And Marry Her Dog For Charity

In the summer of 2017, Lilly Smartelli, 55 years old nurse from Michigan was diagnosed with a pulmonary diffusion defect that has likely left her with a year or two to live. Smartelli realized there was one thing she wanted: "a big Italian wedding." Now she is going to fulfiled that dream with her rescue dog, Bernie, with one aim in mind- collecting donations for animal rescues. Via: People Pets

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Australian Firefighters Pose With Animals For 2019 Charity Calendar

Turning Up the Heat! 

Australian firefighters have stripped off and posed with baby animals as part of the brand new 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendar. This year the Australian Firefighters Calendar will be donating to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. 



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Well, sort of. Just upload a photo or video of your pet licking your face and use #LickMyFace on social media. For each lick, Duchovny will donate $1.00 to Target Zero, a charity that's trying to get all animals shelters in the United States to be no-kill. For more details, click here.

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This amazing multi-talented dog is trying to set dog scooter riding world record! If that wasn't awesome enough he's also doing it for a great cause.

See the full story by visiting our friends at People Pets!

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Pussycat poker, anyone? Kitty cribbage?

AmazeCats has released this deck of cards featuring internet-famous kitties! Every purchase is a donation to Stray Cat Alliance, a great non-profit organization aimed specifically at caring for and finding homes for stray cats.

How can you lose!? Unless you lose at cards. Then you actually lose.

Featured cats include Henri, le Chat Noir, Lil Bub, Oskar the Blind Cat, Luna the Fashion Kitty, Colonel Meow, Chase No Face, Pudge, Cooper the Photographer Cat, Spangles, Shishimaru, Waffles, Nala, and Sockington.

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Banjo misses tearing things up. Like, he really misses it. Help put an end to this madness (and to icky cancer) here.

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