We can all change the world for the better if we want it, but our children, being so pure and honest, can definitely lead us in this.
Children can come up with brilliant ideas to solve problems, and they do it all with tons of love.
Some people were simply born with a heart of gold. Even from a young age, they are innately inclined to be kind, selfless, and giving. These children see the world from a different, more innocent perspective than adults.
When it comes to stray animals, a kind-hearted 9-year-old boy, Pavel Abramov, from a small city of Arzamas in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, found a way to use his art and help them.
The skilled artist has been painting beautiful portraits of pets, and exchanges them for animal food and supplies, that he later donates to a local shelter.
About a year ago, he and his mother Ekaterina Bolshakova started this project called “Kind paintbrush”.
When Pavel lost his four-legged friend, he decided to do his best to help the stray animals wandering the streets of the city in memory of his dear Barsik.
Yet, this was just the start of their volunteering journey of helping animals in need. The duo has been managing a group on Russian social media site, VK, called “What a little volunteer is capable of?”.
On the website, it reads:
‘This is the way of a small, indifferent person who wants to be useful and to bring good to the world, to lead others. He wants to show by his example that even a small person can be of great benefit if he really wants to.’
The site also constantly reminds its members of their nonmonetary transaction policy.
The young painter paints real pets of owners who are willing to sign a deal to provide kilograms of porridge, meat, and supplies in exchange for the portrait.
Pavel knows all his models by name, and he often meets them when the painting is finished.
He paints based on photos of the pets and is always interested in the way owners met them. He is deeply touched by the heartwarming stories of pets rescued from the cold streets.
His amazing initiative has spread all over Russia, and numerous animal lovers want to have the portraits of their pets made while participating in a charitable mission.
Moreover, his artwork has also traveled to Spain, Germany and more to come.
The 9-year old is the youngest volunteer of the only animal shelter in Arzamas that currently houses over 100 dogs. In exchange for his paintings, he asks for things that the shelter needs at the moment, like food, household supplies, accessories.
Chuck’s portrait was exchanged for 5 kg of buckwheat, 10 cans of canned dog food, and skin medicine.
Ksyusha’s portrait was exchanged for 6 kg of buckwheat, canned dog food, bandages, and medicine.
Timofey’s portrait has been exchanged for medicines and dog collars.
The portrait of Jesse was exchanged for 7 kg of offal and 3 kg of buckwheat.
Cheerful hamsters were exchanged for 4 kg of canned dog food, 2.5 kg of dry food, a leash, and a toy.
Cute Onyx’s portrait was exchanged for 3 kg of canned dog food, 2.5 kg of oatmeal, 4 kg of pearl barley, treats for dogs and household supplies.
These three girls’ portrait cost 15 kg of beef trimmings.
Exchanged for 15 kg of selected beef delicacies for the shelter.
The portrait of Rex, Tuzik, Keks, and Lusya exchanged for 5 cans of canned beef, 1 liter of milk, 3 kg of cereal, 5 kg of trimmings, and a pack of dry food.
Natalia got the handsome Basi for 10 kg of buckwheat and 10 kg of pearl barley.
Lovely Sonya was sold for 10 kg beef bones.
Mr. Puzan’s portrait cost 15 kg of beef bones and trimmings.
His mother, Ekaterina, says that they are all proud of the project. Pavel’s days are scheduled to minutes now, and he dreams of becoming an architect and building a big shelter in the future.
However, for now, his art and humane initiatives are, without a doubt, a significant contribution.
As author and canine psychologist Karen Davison wrote, “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”
The talent and tireless work of this amazing young boy will surely change the world for the dogs of Arzamas!