In today's day and age it's becoming more common for children to be setting incredible examples of empathy and work ethic to do something food for animals in need. Earlier this year we delighted learning about 12-year old Darius Brown who hand-makes bows and bow ties to help get shelter pets adopted. Brown isn't the only kid on the block doing something creative and incredible for the sake of animals in need, though.
A 9-year old Russian boy named Pavel Abramov has been creating incredible works of art and exchanging them for food and supplies that he donates to a local animal shelter in the small city of Arzamas in Nizhny Novgorod. Not only are Pavel's paintings amazing to begin with, but he's doing something inspiring with his gift an it's totally selfless.
All great ideas have inspirational origin stories, of course, and Pavel's idea is no different. When Pavel's family lost one of their own four-legged family members, he could no longer stand the thought of stray animals roaming the streets of his community.
In honor of the memory of Barsik, his family's beloved pet, he decided to be apart of positive change.
Pavel and his mother turned to a group in the Russian social media website, VK, called “What a little volunteer is capable of?”
The group has been a lift-off point for a lot of young Russians seeking to be apart of positive change, and Pavel has been making huge ripples.
Pavel doesn't have a lot of money or the support of organizations behind him. He is just an artist creating art and doing something incredible with his talent.
In exchange for clients who sign an agreement to provide, "kilograms of porridge, meat, and supplies," Pavel paints a portrait of their beloved pet!
Families provide photos of their pets and share stories of how they found each other and Oavel uses the photos and stories as inspiration.
When the paintings are finished, Pavel usually meets the families and the furry friend and he always remembers their names.
It definitely inspires the young artist to hear about the pets he paints and where they came from, because many of them were rescued from the streets. It is a consistent motivation for him.
Even cooler, Pavel's efforts have definitely been noticed.
His portrait work was once sought only in the community of Arzamas City, but thanks to the nature of social media, combined with his talent and heartwarming goals, people from all across Russia have sought out his work.
Even better, his talent has been sought from outside of Russia entirely now!
Pavel's paintings have made their way to Spain and Germany, and that is far from the end of the reach of his brush in the near future.
There is only one animal shelter in Pavel's hometown in Arzamas, and currently he is the youngest volunteer.
The shelter he volunteers for houses over 100 dogs!
So, Pavel offers his paintings in exchange for the various changing needs of the shelter and its dogs. People exchange everything from household supplies and pet accessories to food and treats.
People have brought medicine for the dogs, collars, leashes, canned food, kibble food, and even toys in exchange for custom artwork of their pets.
Pavel painted this portrait of Oynx, and in exchange his human brought 3 kg of canned dog food, 2.5 kg of oatmeal, 4 kg of pearl barley, treats for dogs and household supplies.
This family provided 15 kg of beef trimmings!
While this family brought 15 kg of selected beef delicacies for the shelter.
Buckwheat and Pearl Barley are frequently offered up as well.
This family brought 10kg of beef bones!
It's incredible what a determined young lad can do for his community and animals in need, isn't it?
His detailed paintings are doing great things.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Pavel's mother, Ekatarina said:
Our family is proud of his wonderful project. His days are scheduled to minutes, he wants to do absolutely everything, there is just not enough time.
If you're interested in keeping up with Pavel's amazing artwork, you can follow his Instagram account.
Let us know in the comments what you think of this young one's initiative to create positive change in his community. Are there any inspiring kids in your life? Let us know!