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Animal Rescue Fundraising Ideas

Who could resist such cute little faces??  Well, when you’re the one in charge of fundraising for your lanimal rescue group, it can sure seem like everyone is willing to turn a blind eye.  Let’s face it, fundraising is hard,  and be they dogs, cats, birds, horses, elephants or other exotic animals or all of the above… your cause’s animals need your help.  So where to begin?

Often the hardest part can be coming up with a creative fundraiser that hasn’t been “done to death”.   In New York, Cauz for Pawz, hosted a fundraising event that offered owners a chance to learn what their pets really think about them by asking a pet psychic.  On the Jersey Shore, they hold the annual “Singing Cats and Dogs” fundraiser open mike night at a local  bar to benefit Animal Outreach of Cape May County.  Fundraisers by other animal rescue groups include photo contests, pet washes, walks, dinners, cell phone recycling, bake sales and theme parties.

Check out our complete list of fundraising products and do-it-yourself fundraising ideas for your next animal rescue fundraiser.


Do-It-Yourself Animal Rescue Fundraiser

You can also choose from a wide variety of animal rescue group DIY fundraising ideas to supplement your  program.  How about flamingo flocking, cowpie bingo, animal photos, dog treats, pet sitting, kiss the cow, donation containers or thons of every type? Perhaps one of these successful and creative ideas can be adapted for your fundraiser.

Rent-a-Puppy - Basically, the fundraiser in a nutshell is that we rented out puppies on campus for playtime @ $5 per 30 minutes. The behind the scenes work started with contacting the Humane Society and explaining to them what we planned to do and asked them if they could come out and bring a bunch of puppies that we could "borrow" for 5 hours.  Read more…

Bring Your Dog to Work Day - A group of us worked together and took an idea to our employers, between the 10 of us that was 8 different companies. All but one agreed to let us do a "Bring Your Dog to Work Day" fundraiser.  Each dog cost $10 admission and the employees had to provide proof of current immunizations. All the money collected was donated to a local shelter.   Read more…

Paw Painting Art Show - Animals available for adoption from the rescue create professionally styled paintings for this fundraiser. The paintings can be done on canvas and professionally matted and framed. These paintings are then given names reminiscent of great works of art and described as one would describe a work created by a master such as Monet, Rembrandt, Kandinsky or PAW-casso. Cite examples of shadowing, chiaroscuro, the artist's sense of playing with light, the interesting uses of color, and the detailed 'paw-strokes' used.  Read more…


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