fundraising ideas for animal shelters

How to Fund your Nonprofit Animal Welfare Organization

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No one likes seeing pets lost or abandoned. Helping these pets is fulfilling but often heartbreaking. Animal shelters and rescues are an integral part of taking in pets in need and giving them the love and care they deserve

Sadly, these noble institutions are vastly underfunded. So, what can we do to help them raise the funds they need? We researched several fundraising ideas for animal shelters. Find out more below!

Dog Walks/Runs

The simplest way to raise money for animal shelters is by organizing a dog walk or run. You can use your staff or volunteers to help, and any participant must pay a fee to enter. This way, you can incorporate the local community to help financially while offering a service most dog owners can’t refuse.

Photoshoots

A more silly and fun idea would be to organize a pet photoshoot. It would work the same as the dog walk, where the participants would have to pay a fee for a professional photograph of their pet, which they get to keep.

You can also pair this photoshoot by doing a costume contest, and the best costume wins an award! It’s a great way to spark creativity and let owners have fun, all while raising funds to support your local shelter.

Selling Merchandise

Complementary to the photo shoot, you can always look into selling merchandise to pet owners. This would mean selling paw prints, calendars, planners, and other materials customized for each owner.

It’s essential to disclose that the profits from the merchandise will go towards supporting a local shelter, as it’s sure to spark sympathy in pet owners.

Host a Pop-up Pup or Cat Café

Who doesn’t want to spend time with fluffy baby animals? Chances are that the local community will give more money when they see the adorable faces of little pups and kittens. If you know a local café that would like to support such a cause, you can ask them to co-host a pop-up animal café with you.

There can either be an entrance fee that would go towards the shelters, or you can set up donation boxes for the guests. You might also consider setting up adoption stands, as some guests might want to adopt the fluffball they are spending time with.

Team up With Schools

We all know kids have a soft spot for animals, and the animals love getting attention from little ones who love to pet them. Partnering with a local school to organize fundraising events is a great and rewarding idea, and it can be organized as a one-time thing or more long-term.

Pet Day can be a wonderful idea for kids and parents to come together and raise supplies, food, or money for the pets in the shelter, all while playing with the little furballs.

Organize a Pet Raffle

Another fun idea is to organize a charity raffle. Do it as a separate event or incorporate it into the pop-up pet café event. Raffles are especially successful during the holiday season, as most pet owners like to spoil their animals.

Before you start advertising for the event, make sure to secure the most integral part – the prizes. Set a price for your raffle tickets that is affordable to attract more people. Make sure to be adamant with advertising, so more donations are received.

Shelters United: Supporting Fundraising Ideas for Animal Shelters

At Shelters United, we love what we do, and we do it best. We’re here to support local animal shelters and make life for homeless animals easier. We partner with different companies and animal welfare associations to help ease the financial load from the shelters.

If you have more creative fundraising ideas for animal shelters – sharing is caring! Tell us about them in the comment section below!

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