If you’re in need of money fast, crowdfunding can be a great way to raise the...Read more
People often use crowdfunding to raise money for pets and animals. Animal charities may raise money for specific costs, or individuals may run campaigns on an organization’s behalf. Often individuals will raise funds for their pets, typically for things like the cost of vet fees, which are often high and not always covered by insurance.
Whatever the reason, our four-legged friends often need our help! Animal-related fundraising events can really capture the attention of potential donors and encourage them to get involved.
Here are some unique pet and animal-related fundraising event ideas you could use for your campaign. Remember to put lots of effort into promoting your fundraising event. Plan your event plenty of time in advance so that you are organized and have time to attract donors.
You could bake treats for pets, package them in a cute, cost-effective way and sell them at a bake sale for animals. You could offer buyers to pay in cash or ask them to transfer the money directly to your campaign page using your link.
You can get easy and cheap recipes for animal treats online. Outgoing costs to consider would include ingredients, wrapping for the treats and a place to hold your bake sale. Depending on the scale of your event you could choose to hold the event at your home or hire a local community centre or hall.
You could choose to put all the money from treats you sell directly towards the fundraising, or you could deduct your costs and then put the profit into your fundraising account. GoGetFunding offers an option to add offline donations to your total so you can keep track of how much you are making.
There are two approaches you could take to organising a sponsored dog walk or run. You could choose to go a set distance with your dog, for example 5 miles, and ask people to sponsor you to complete the activity.
Alternatively, you could ask people to join you with their dogs and pay a small fee to join the group dog walk, perhaps even running their own support campaign to get donations for their walk. This could have the added benefits of reaching a wider audience as the loved ones of those joining in may also want to get involved by donating.
You could choose to knit or crochet pet clothes for a set period of time, for example 8 hours straight (with small breaks of course), depending on how hard core you want to go, and ask people to sponsor you. You could then donate those pet clothes to a local shelter or even sell them to generate more income for your cause.
You could ask other people if they want to get involved and host the knit-a-thon in your house, providing simple affordable refreshments and asking them to bring their own wool and tools. The more people you involve, the wider audience of potential donors you reach.
You could organise a photo booth at your home, at a local park if the weather allows or even at a local fair if you are able to pay to hire space. Being at a fair has the added benefit of catching people passing on foot who might not otherwise be aware of your cause. You could charge a fee for owners and pets to get their pictures taken in the photo booth.
You could use fun photo booth props which you can buy online and a simple smartphone camera to keep costs low, offering to email them their picture. Alternatively, you could go more high-tech and use a more professional camera and print pictures on site, or even hire a professional photo booth.
Organising a relay race in a local park could be cost effective and fun! You could ask people to get loved ones to sponsor them and even charge people to enter a team into the relay race. You could use support campaigns for each team to raise money and to increase the fun competitive spirit by seeing which team raises the most.
You can make the race as long or complicated as you like, including obstacles or distractions for the dogs along the way to really make it challenging.
Depending on your level of skill, you could hold a simple dog wash event at your home or ask a local groomer to let you use their dog bathing area. You could charge a small fee to wash dogs and get family and friends involved to help you out. You could offer to blow dry the dogs, to brush them and even do fun things like offer to add a spray of doggy deodorant which you can buy online.
Alternatively, you could speak to local groomers and ask them if they would offer their services for the fundraising event to give dogs a full groom, with the money raised going directly to your cause. This works both ways, as it can help the groomers to promote their business as well as helping you to raise funds
The fun of a pet party is that you can make it anything you want it to be. You could host it at your house and keep things small, or you could go big and rent a hall. You could include toys and games for the animals, as well as refreshments for all.
You could charge a fee for entry or just have a donation bucket near the door. You could run games and competitions with a minimal fee to get involved. You could even sell refreshments for both pets and owners.
Selling raffle tickets for a hamper of pet supplies like treats and toys can be a cost effective and fun way to raise funds. You can get reasonably priced animal supplies online, incorporating as much or little as your resources allow. Books of raffle tickets could be handwritten or bought. Alternatively you could run the raffle online, allocating a number to each person who enters and drawing the raffle using a free online random number generator.
If you feel comfortable with the idea, and most importantly if you feel your pet would be comfortable, you could charge a small fee for people to walk your dog, or play with your cat or small animal. Remember that your animal’s welfare is, of course, what is most important.
You could hire a hall with a stage or even just use your garden or living room and organise a pet talent show. You could either charge people to participate, or charge people to come and watch people showing off their pet’s best tricks.
Arranging to take an animal into local schools, care homes or even businesses can really attract attention. Talk about your cause, then allow people to meet the animal. Be sure to have your link on pieces of card or flyers ready to hand out. Take a donation box so that people can donate their spare change while the mood strikes them!
This is the sort of event you could run online, making it extremely cost effective and easy to reach people from all over the world. You could ask owners to submit pictures of their pets for a small fee, and then use a random name generator online to pick the winner. A hamper of pet related items for the winner could offer extra motivation to get involved.
If you want to go bigger you could include different categories such as ‘cutest pet’, ‘best dressed pet’ and so on. You could even make the winner the picture with the most shares on social media, encouraging owners to promote their pictures (and of course your link) far and wide in order to win!
A fancy dress competition with a small fee to enter, either for pets or owners dressed as animals, can provide great entertainment and generate donations. You could offer small prizes and have multiple categories.
Consider where you will hold the competition, for example if you’re going to do it online through videos and pictures or in person in, say, a hired hall.
Setting up a cuddle booth at a local event or park when you know it will be busy could attract potential donors. Ensure that your pet is comfortable with being handled and given attention from strangers before you consider this option. You can charge people a small fee to have a few minutes cuddling your pet!
If you or one of your friends is good at doing nails, you could set up a nail station that offers fun pet-related manicures. You could offer a range of colours and pet-related decals that can be stuck on, such as little paws and bones, for example. Costs would include equipment, and hire fees if you utilize a local event.
You could set either indoor or outdoor agility equipment and charge people to have a go with their dogs. Costs may involve purchasing agility equipment which you can get online or from local pet shops, and the cost of hiring space to set up your equipment.
You could combat these charges by contacting a business that already has a dog agility course and asking them if they would offer a low price to hire it out for the day for fundraising; you might even find they allow you to use it for free.
You could hire a hall or throw a pyjama party for pets and owners in your own home. This doesn’t need to be overnight but rather a few hours in the evening, encouraging owners and pets to wear fun pyjamas, play games and socializing.
Costs would include a place to hire out if you are going to do so on a bigger scale and refreshments for guests. You could charge a small fee to take part or ask for donations on the door.
You could hire a cartoon artist, or if you have artistic skills yourself put them to work and offer custom cartoons of pets and owners for a fee. This could be done at your home, at a local animal-related business who may agree to let you use their space, or at a hired stall at a fair.
Collars for dogs or cats can be made of all sorts of materials and are fairly easy to make; you can find videos and written instructions online. The cost for materials can be kept low and you could sell them online to raise money for your cause.
If you’re a charity or are raising money for an organization, a rescue shelter for example, you could ask people to adopt an animal from the shelter for a set fee, in exchange for regular updates about them via email or post. You could even offer to have their name near the animal’s kennel or enclosure for those who donate a significant amount.
You could choose to do this with your pet too, asking people to ‘adopt’ your pet for a fee and sending them monthly pictures and updates about their progress in exchange. You could even make cute videos of your pet ‘thanking’ them.