In mid-April, Castro Valley, CA Artist Ed Attanasio began looking around for something he could do to bring joy to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One day a few friends asked for him to draw their pets, and when they saw what he had created, they either smiled or cried tears of joy.
So, he reached out to all of his friends, fellow artists, and a few celebrities on Facebook and Instagram and started the Pandemic Pet Project (PPP), where he offers to draw peoples' pets for free.
In return, Attanasio asks them to pay it forward by donating whatever they can to their local pet rescue organization, if possible.
What started as a favor to friends, Attanasio’s idea quickly gained momentum. "I thought maybe half a dozen people would respond, but on the first day, I had 30 requests and more than 50 by day two, and it's still growing!" (Total to-date: 211 illustrations requested and nearly 140 completed.)
Attanasio is hoping that by getting the attention of certain celebrities, the PPP will grow and raise more money. "I am drawing pets for people like Ellen Degeneres, Rachael Ray, and Beth Stern because I am so proud of all the animal advocacy and charity work they do."
If you want to be a part of The Pandemic Pet Project, go to Facebook at facebook.com/pandemicpetproject and submit photos of your pets (limit two per person) with your mailing address (via Messenger).