Calling all animal lovers! You’re passionate about saving the lives of animals and may have even donated to a YouCaring fundraiser that tugged at the strings of your heart. According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. If you’re looking to give back even more to those animals in need, consider hosting fun and creative fundraising ideas that get your entire community involved for a great cause.
Hosting an online auction takes a bit of long-term planning, but can produce great results in long run. City Dogs Rescue hosts an annual auction on their website with offers ranging from vacations to collectibles with all proceeds donated to their rescue organization. Spend a few weeks going door-to-door asking local businesses, families and friends to donate gift cards, collectibles or anything that would worth something to someone looking to buy. Knowing that they are helping a local animal shelter may be enough incentive, but also adding the business or family name to your website under a list of all sponsors could help persuade them even more to give back.
2. Social Media Contest
There’s no better way to raise funds for an animal shelter and give them more online exposure than to hold a social media contest. Host a contest around a holiday like Halloween or National Pet Appreciation Week and encourage pet owners to post pictures of videos of their furry friends celebrating. To curate the content, create a simple but unique hashtag and ask participants to use it in their posts. Once you’ve collected the entries, pick a few that stand out and host a get-together with snacks and pets where the community can vote on their favorite with coins and even bills (don’t forget a prize for the winner as well!).
3. Dog Wash
Collaborate with a few volunteers, small kiddie pools and pet soap for a fun-filled day! Host a dog wash in your yard and invite pet owners in the community to bring their pooches for a bath. Charge a fee and let all patrons know that the proceeds are going to your local animal shelter. If you know someone who is qualified to give cuts, ask them to join your day as well. Not only is this a win for you and the shelter, but it’s budget-friendly for the pet owners as well.
4. Bake Sale
Or should we say Bark Sale? Ask your friends, family and other volunteers to bake healthy dog and cat treats to sell at your bake sale. Next, find a nearby dog park where you can set up. Ask the local businesses nearby if they would allow you to set your table outside of their store. You could even mix in some tasty human baked goods to keep the owners happy!
5. Restaurant Event
Teaming up with a restaurant is another great option to raise funds for a shelter. Find a local restaurant willing to host your restaurant event for a few hours and donate a percentage of the proceeds to the animal shelter. This is a great way to bring your community together for a fun night out as well to discuss other ways to help the shelter and talk about their amazing rescued pets! Soapboxie compiled a great list of chain restaurants who are known to support events like yours so you can choose the right match.
Launch Your Campaign Today
All of these fundraising ideas plus many more are great ways to get your community involved and raise money for a local shelter in need. Not only will you help educate others on the importance of giving back to animals, but you can also recruit new volunteers for future fundraising events. Pair any of these events with a YouCaring fundraiser to raise even more funds for your local shelter.