A picture of a Charity Pups print

My name is Aaron Kaufman and I doodle ridiculously cute dogs with awkwardly big heads.

From 2013 to 2018 Charity Pups raised awareness and over $10,000 for animal welfare.

I started Charity Pups in 2013 after discovering my superhero power of doodling dogs. It started with a friend's birthday card—it's turned into an obsession.

In 2014, we made it into Good Housekeeping magazine's holiday gift issue, which launched us to the moon. In 2016, Chris Jackson joined the team as a second illustrator to help keep up with demand, and in 2018 we decided we were pretty tired of drawing dogs so we closed up shop.

Collectively, we drew over 1,000 dogs, shipped to 45 states and 5 countries, and have saved countless dogs' lives.

Why'd you stop drawing dogs?

Charity Pups was originally created to help me get my name out there as a freelance designer. It achieved way more than that, but it was never meant to be more than a side project. The pressure of meeting customer's expectations around delivery became too much when trying to balance my personal life and a full-time career. I loved every moment of the experience and learned a lot. Hearing all of your stories was pretty incredible.

What's next?

I love tinkering with new ideas. And that's all I will say about that :)