Call it what you will – Strut Your Mutt, Jog Your Dog, Canine Constitutional, Paws in the Park, Wag and Walk. A sponsored pet walk where the walkers (and their pets) solicit donations for how far they walk. Or, fundraising participants pay a set fee to enter and walk their dog. OR, bring homeless dogs who need walking. Remember the pooper scoopers. This could culminate in a pet talent show or some other event where you solicit additional donations. Use it to present spay/neuter message, or message of finding homes for all the homeless ones. Ask people to sponsor a homeless dog to see how many laps (limit of four?) he can do. Source: ShelterFundraising
Very funny with puppies, who have their own agenda. Or, sponsor a dog who wants to walk his person? You could do a cute turn-around, with advertising that promotes “walking your person” and that explains that this is good for your “person’s” health. Relays and races, booths for snacks, kennel rentals for dogs while people do their own things. Remember to try to get lots of vendors, even yard sale table type vendors, exhibits, dog wash and a vaccination clinic. Have a yard sale area where you rent spaces out-lined in chalk. Food booths for people and dogs. Organize an interesting route for dogs and their owners to walk around, with all participants sponsored. Take a synonym of walk and add something to it. Re-member you can change the verb case.
Name ideas (some are just verbs you can add to): Paws Forward, Canine Cruise, Paws on the Pavement, Outward Hound, Bassett Waddle, Poodle Perambulation, Pooch Patrol, Walk and Wag, Million Mutt March, Mutt March, Samoyed Saunter, Canine Swagger, Puppy Parade, Hound Hike, Tramp with Your Pet, Pace With Your Pooch, The Puppy Path, Sidewalk of Many Dog Poops, Labrador Lane, Fido’s Footpath.
To really increase your fundraising turnout, name a dog “Naked” and get a local celebrity (television or radio personality, sports star, public official, etc) to “Walk Naked in the park at a designated time.” Advertise the heck out of that.
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.