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Tri-State Boy Aims To Help Animals Through 'Patberg Project'

Some rescue animals have no better friend than a young boy in Posey County, and he's quickly become an inspiration to others.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 4:06 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2021 9:29 AM

Five-year-old Oskar Patberg loves animals.

When you ask him about his favorites...

"A coyote!"

His love for furry friends is always on his mind.

"I thought I'm telling my mom that I thought we could get two dogs at both of the places," says Patberg.

That's why earlier this year, a commercial caught his eye.

"He saw that ASPCA commercial," says Lyndsay Sherretz, Oskar's mom. "It really upset him to see all the animals struggling."

"They looked like they didn't like the home," says Patberg.

Oskar asked his mom how he could help the animals he saw on television.

Together they came up with the Patberg Project.

"His goal at first was only $200," says Sherretz. "Then within the first day he doubled it, tripled it. And by then end of February, the month we ran it, he had $2,000."

The young entrepreneur paints, designs, and sells his artwork.

A process for sure.

"You find something on the computer, then you draw stuff, and you grab an art knife and cut the shape out," says Patberg. "Then you put nails in it, then you do the thread."

Oskar spends a few hours nearly every day creating his pieces, already making 200-300.

"We've had people from Chicago, Michigan, all different places," says Sherretz.

This week, Oskar will be teaming up with a local third grade class who will help him paint.

He says this time around his goal is to raise $1,000 towards helping Tri-State animal shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries.

"I can't express how proud I am of him," says Sherretz. "It's just wild. He can drive me nuts, but he's got a good heart in him."

A little compassion from the heart of a five-year-old boy who has a soft spot for our furry friends.

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