Today, I’m introducing the Chicago area to a cartoonist and website with a mission for helping dogs—and the rescue organizations that take care of dogs needing help. Actually, the Draw the Dog site has two guys involved: cartoonist Jim George, and his friend Bruce. Their roles, as described on the website: “Jim draws the cartoons; Bruce Kasanoff does everything else. This is because Bruce can’t draw and Jim doesn’t want to do anything else.”
A new cartoon appears every day except Sunday. The cartoons do not show up as static, but appear line by line as though being drawn while you watch.
The vast majority of cartoons on Draw the Dog evolved out of the real antics of real dogs, often from photos sent in by Draw the Dog “talent scouts.” Jim and Bruce invite anyone who has contact with dogs o become a talent scout, sending in photos (to firstname.lastname@example.org), or amusing stories, questions and suggestions for the site (through the comment form on the site). If you want, they’ll send you Draw the Dog calling cards and a pin or T-shirt so you can be an official ambassador for the site and recruit others to send in photos and stories.
“But what does this have to do with helping dogs?” you may ask. An excellent question. As they say on the site, “If you are part of a rescue group, we want to help.” They not only allow but encourage any and all dog rescue groups to use Draw the Dog cartoons to raise funds and promote such groups—Chicago area dog shelters take note! Some ideas they suggest:
- – print and sell any Draw the Dog cartoon on a T-shirt (your group keeps all the money)
- – use their special rescue cartoons for fundraising or publicity
- – get free Draw the Dog cartoons to run in local newspapers, to draw attention to your animal adoption or pet rescue listings: Editors love new and different visuals, and the cartoons make people notice your adoption listings.
Speaking of adoption listings, the Rescue a Dog page runs links to every group that has signed up on the site. I’m talking hundreds, including dozens of breed rescue groups. So many that the search is organized alphabetically by breed. Breeds with many rescue organizations, like the basset hound, may be organized by state within the breed listing or include other info about the linking organizations. And, just in case you can’t find what you want in all that, there’s a link to Adopt a Pet too.
So how do Jim and Bruce live? Well, they also have day jobs. But to help the site support itself, you can commission Jim’s services to draw your dog, with the caption you want. What a great gift for the dog lover in your life—maybe even yourself! With Christmas coming up in just a couple of months, you might want to check this out.