My 'Pet' Project - PAWS - Portraits for Animal Welfare Societies

My ‘Pet’ Project – PAWS – Portraits for Animal Welfare Societies


I’ve decided to embark upon a project to help the unfortunate, mistreated, injured and abandoned animals.  To this end, I’ve launch PAWS (Portraits for Animal Welfare Societies).

So often you are asked to give a donation for which you get nothing tangible in return.  Whilst this is not what giving is about, I thought it would be nice if you could actually get something back in return for your donation.

I am offering to do ‘Pet Portraits’ (which you can be in of course) and I will donate the entire amount between the RSPCA, PMAWS, or the local animal welfare group in the area of the shoot, and the Koala Hospital here in Port Macquarie.

I’d like to do as many as I can and will donate all monies generated by this project.

The idea is to raise as much money as I can for these unfortunate animals.  I’m hoping it will be successful and if it’s well supported I’ll continue it.  I would love to make this an ongoing project.


Please bring the exact amount to make it easier for me.

Rocky & Rickina TOP Certificate Part of my personal project to support Animal Welfare.

    • $30
    • $20 for Pensioners

These prices are for the group days that will be organised and well advertised.

What will you get?

Besides the knowledge and satisfaction of helping out these poor animals, you’d get a professionally shot portrait session of you and your pet/s and you will get the photos in the form of full resolution digital files (no watermarks) to do with as you please.  No strings attached.

I can’t guarantee how many photos you will get as there are too many variables.  It depends on you and your pet/s behaviour at the time.  But I promise to do the best I can to get great shots of you and your pets.

What kind of pets can be included?

Any kind you have and can get to the locations.  You will also have to be able to control them at all times and abide by all laws and regulations regarding the safe keeping and safe handling of animals.

Common sense and courtesy to others and their pets is the main thing.

Do I keep any of the money raised from these shoots?

No, it all goes to local animal welfare groups such as Port Macquarie/Hastings branches of the RSPCA, PMAWS and the Koala Hospital.  I will donate my time, my equipment, travel costs and my expertise.


In the spirit of openness and accountability, I will keep a record on Facebook and my website of all participants for everyone to see.  I understand that not everyone will want to have their names and/or faces put on the net, so any requests for privacy or anonymity will be respected.

Why am I doing this?

I have the time, the resources and the inclination.  Being able to help out animal welfare by providing you with memorable photos of you and your pet is my reward.

I will be attempting to engage some local businesses and the local media to help out and publicise your contribution to animal welfare via Facebook and my web page.

If you or someone you know can help out please let me know.  I want to keep this simple and only about the animals.

So please think about getting a portrait of yourself and your pet, and spreading the word.  It’s for a great cause and this is your opportunity to get something whilst helping out the less fortunate and more vulnerable amongst us.

What to bring?

  • I’d suggest a favourite toy or treat of your pet/s to make it easier to get their attention and keep their interest.
  • If you or the kids want to be in the photos you may want to dress up a little … that’s up to you.
  • A clean pet.  Give them a tub and a spruce up so they look their best too.
  • A sturdy lead or container so that your pet can be controlled and avoid any of the animals getting loose or worst still hurt.
  • Any props you would like your pet/s to be photographed with.

How long will each session take?

This too will depend a bit on you and your pets.  I envisage each session will take about 15 to 20 minutes (on the organised group days) or about half an hour for any individual sessions.

Can you do anything to help?

I would more than welcome any help.  Here are just some ideas how.

  • You could help on the day if you like, just get in contact with me.
  • Maybe orgainse for a group of you from your work or club to attend and have your portraits done.
  • Bring in things like cans of food, biscuits, toys that can be donated to the different groups (it is preferred if they are unopened and unused).  Something that is always in demand is simple newspapers which can be used in the bottom of cages and alike.
  • Anything else you can think of that might help.  (Just use the comment section below.)


The start: 16/11/15

To start it off I have sponsored two orphaned Orangutans for the next 12 months. Meet Rocky and Rickina. And for $240 I think its a good investment. They need far more help, so if you can do something, even a little, it will help.

There are many good organisations that you can support them through but I chose The Orangutan Project which is based here in Aus.

Rocky & Rickina TOP Certificate - smallrocky-rickina-sandy-hug


Update: 14/8/16

On Sunday the 17th of August, 2016 I did a Pet Portrait day at the Sweetpea Animal Hospital, Forster as part of their Open/Adoption day.

The turnout was good and I managed to raise $400 which I donated to the Sweetpea Animal Rescue, a not for profit arm to help with their charity work for animals.

To see the portraits head over to my Facebook Album.  A BIG thank you to all those that participated.  And just a reminder that ‘all’ the money raised went to charity.







Update: 16/12/16

Continued support of TOP.

It is my pleasure to support these guys and this great organisation.  TOP (The Orangutan Project) do a fabulous job for these lovely and intelligent animals.  They also have a Facebook page.

In Malay and Indonesian orang means “person” and utan is derived from hutan, which means “forest.” Thus, orangutan literally means “person of the forest.”Orangutan means ‘Man of the jungle’ because they are so much like us, and better than many of us in many ways.

For just $240 per year, I get to support two of these little guys.

I’ve been lucky enough to see the noble creatures in person.  Orangutans are extremely patient and intelligent mammals.  They are very observant and inquisitive, and there are many stories of orangutans escaping from zoos after having watched their keepers unlock and lock doors.


Update: 15/5/17

Soi Dog Organisation does a wonderful job looking after injured, abandoned and rescue dogs and cats from the meat trade.  They also address the cause of so many abandoned animals through a spay and neuter program.

As part of my ongoing support for animal welfare, I have donated $250 to this worthy organisation.

Just a bit of information about Soi Dog:

The foundation has saved dogs from illegal trades, particularly for meat, and tries to reduce free-ranging dog by sterilisation. Soi is a Thai word for “street”. Sterilisation programme has been extended on stray cats. It gets support from international celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Laura Carmichael and Ricky Gervais. The campaign in 2014 led to the enactment of the Prevention of Animal Cruelty and Provision of Animal Welfare Act, the first animal welfare act in Thailand.


Update: June 2017

Between these two great organisations I donated over $500.


I am sponsoring four of these orphans and considering that there are less than 500 left in the wild, they need all the help they can get.




Ndeze (Orphaned)

Maisha (Orphaned)

Matabishi (Orphaned)

Ndakasi (Orphaned)













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