Kids & Family

9-Year-Old "Sells" Pet Portraits For Donations Of Pet Food & Supplies

After losing his family pet, he's made it his mission to help animals in need.

Along with being the youngest volunteer at the animal shelter near his home in Arzamas, Russia, 9 year old Pavel Bramov (pictured below) has combined his love of art with his passion for pets. He's been painting portraits of pets for their owners in exchange for animal food and supplies, which he donates to the shelter where he works and others in his area.

With the help of his mother (pictured below with Pavel), Pavel started his "Kind Paintbrushes" project about a year ago, and he's been using his creativity to keep stray animals fed and happy ever since. His works are based on photographs and he often asks to meet the animals after he completes each painting. While Pavel loves all pets, he has a fondness for rescue animals and his subjects are from as far away as Spain and Germany.

His donations have already helped stock the shelves of a number of shelters. For example, a portrait of a couple of cheerful hamsters was commissioned in exchange for 4 kg of canned dog food, 2.5 kg of dry food, a leash and a toy. Other painting have been "sold" for quarts of oatmeal, beef trimmings and skin medicine, all to make sure the animals get the love they need.

Pavel's mother, Ekaterina Bolshakova, is supportive of her son's project and applauds his desire to use his talents to help others.

"Our family is proud of his wonderful project. His days are scheduled to minutes, he wants to do absolutely everything, there is just not enough time," she told Bored Panda.

Pavel and Ekaterina also run a social media website in Russia called "What a little volunteer is capable of," where they show Pavel's progress with the pet paintings in hopes that it will inspire other young people to do similar things to help others.

We think Pavel's project is a great example of how someone can truly make a difference, no matter their age. Why not take his lead and start your own creative endeavor to help others? You may not be the best painter, but perhaps you have a gift for writing stories or taking photographs. There are many ways to help people (and animals) in need you just have to start.

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