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. Campus rules required that all animals be on a leash, so that needed to be planned for. We booked a location outside the student union. And then there was the advertising. We put up flyers around campus 1 week in advance and made Facebook Event group and invited all our friends to the event about 2-3 weeks in advance. Advertisement included mention of “Can’t have pets in the dorm? Do you love puppies? Come Rent-A-Puppy to play with for 30 minutes! Bring your driver’s license”
This event was so wildly popular that passersby got on their cell phones to tell people about it. Puppies rented quick, and people started asking to make reservations. A good system will be needed to keep track of who rents a puppy, reservation time, return time, which puppy, and we also took driver’s license as a guarantee that they return the puppy. We made $305 in 4 1/2 hours with 7 puppies. The event was from 10am-2:30pm, and we had to start turning people away around 1pm because all the time slots were reserved. Should have done this event two days in a row. Submitted by: Lisa H, Phi Sigma Pi, Missouri State University
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