Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Creative Fundraisers to Help Animals

Organizing a fundraiser for your "pet" animal welfare organization is a wonderful way to help your community. Here are some examples of the more creative ways people are helping dogs and animals.

Check out the vampy and campy calendar from Pin Ups For Pups. The volunteers use raise money for the Dawg Squad, an animal rescue in Los Angeles.

Helping animals is fun and rewarding for kids too. The kids at Ian's Bead Company make and sell crafts and jewelry and donate every last dime they raise to several animal shelters. The kids have raised over $18,000 in the last few years.

The winners of American Humane's Be Kind to Animals Week Kids Contest helped animals in a variety of clever ways. They collected blankets and towels to comfort Pit Bulls, volunteered at local shelters and rescues, raised money to purchase animal oxygen masks for use at fires, collected pet food to help families keep their pets in tough economic times and taught other kids how to help animals.

For more ideas and inspiration, check out Kids Making A Difference For Animals by Nancy Furstinger and Sheryl L. Pipe.

Get creative! Celebrate your dog's birthday and ask guests to bring a donation for a shelter in lieu of a gift. Set up a lemonade stand, have a garage sale and donate the proceeds, collect gently used crates and collars or walk or groom shelter dogs waiting for adoption. The options are endless.

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