Submissions for Badly Drawn Pets are now closed

We are no longer accepting submissions for Badly Drawn Pets. If you have already submitted a photo of your pet, you will receive your pet 'paw-trait' via email by 23 December.

For more information, please read the FAQs below or contact

Badly Drawn Pets provides a unique pawtrait of your pet help care for Scotland’s animals, but there’s a catch. The ‘artists’ are staff and volunteers of the Scottish SPCA who are a whole lot better at caring for animals than they are at drawing them.

For that reason, we are using the term ‘artist’ fairly loosely but our artists will do their very best to draw your pet in as much likeness as they can.

So while your dachshund might end up looking more sausage than dog, the money donated will help care for animals across Scotland and we’ll hopefully put a smile on your face too.

And just remember if your pet pawtrait doesn’t quite resemble your pet, it was drawn with love, and we really did try! Like we say, pets are braw, but hard to draw.



Frequently Asked Questions

Badly Drawn Pets is a fundraising activity for people to get a unique pawtrait of their pet while helping care for Scotland’s animals, but there’s a catch. The ‘artists’ are staff and volunteers of the Scottish SPCA who are a whole lot better at caring for animals than they are at drawing them.

Our dedicated team of ‘artists’ will be made up of staff and volunteers of the Scottish SPCA who will be creating your unique pet pawtrait.

That’s a good question. We are using the term ‘artist’ fairly loosely since we are far better at caring for animals than drawing them. To be fair, some of our volunteer artists are known to be arty, so you may just strike it lucky! The majority of our artists however will have little artistic experience but they do have oodles of enthusiasm and a big tub of coloured pencils. They do promise to do their best so that you receive a one-of-a-kind pet pawtrait.

You will need to upload a photograph and a short description of your pet. This will help provide our artists with some inspiration when creating your pet pawtrait.

We ask for a minimum donation of £10 per pet pawtrait. There is no upper limit on donations, so you can donate more if you wish.

You can’t rush a masterpiece so some artists will take longer than others. We will aim to send you your pet pawrtrait by email within 14 days of submitting it. If you haven’t received it within this timeframe, then let us know on

No, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, only digital pet pawtraits will be available.

You will be able to submit one image at a time. However, there is no limit on the number of submissions you can make so you can submit multiple times if you wish.

Yes, you can submit a pet image that has multiple pets in the one image.

Of course, show the world your one-of-a-kind pet pawtrait. When you post online, tag @ScottishSPCA and use the hashtag #BadlyDrawnPets.

While this is the first time the Scottish SPCA has done this type of fundraiser, we can’t take the credit for the idea. All credit goes to our friends in the USA at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and Wisconsin Humane Society who gave us the inspiration to bring this idea to Scotland.

How your support helps

Ash with animal care assistant Steph, her foster mum

Timid Ash the Border collie was rescued, with her puppies, from under a shed. Ash and her litter were taken to the our Caithness and Sutherland Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

Ash was a failed sheep dog adopted by a family who found her online. When Ash was dropped off at the house of her new owners, she was terrified. Ash darted off in to the garden and hid under the shed. She only left her hiding place to eat or toilet, and the next thing her family knew there was puppies under the shed.

Overwhelmed, the owners called our animal helpline and we took Ash and her puppies to our centre near Thurso. Ash was highly strung and petrified of everyone. With bags of patience and lots of encouragement, Ash gradually began to eat ham from the hands of the animal care assistants. Eventually, Ash would let people she knew gently stroke her head.

Ash was then fostered by one of the Society’s animal care assistants, Stephanie until she was ready to go to be rehomed. Ash had never been in a house before so everything was new to her. She was wary of everything to begin with from the carpet and shelves on the walls to the sofa and the TV, but gradually became much more settled.

Your support enables us to give animals like Ash and her pups care and love. Without it, we would not be able to spend hours with Ash, improving her confidence, building her trust, and preparing her to spend her years in a loving family.