1. Pet wash
A pet wash is a classic, reliable way to lather up some cash for pets. Gather supplies like pet-friendly soap, buckets, towels, and more. Then pick a date with a promising weather report, and start advertising. On flyers, make sure to include your fundraiser’s URL and where the money is going. The day of your pet wash, have more information about your fundraiser at the ready with a smartphone or tablet for easy mobile giving.
Everyone knows that a happy pet is a sleepy pet, worn out after a day of exercise. To get animals moving in your neighborhood, hold a pet walk-a-thon. Pick a time and place that will make it easy for people to join in. Ask people for donations to participate. Set up water and snack stations along the way for humans and their pets.
3. Pet pageant
Who doesn’t think their own pet is the cutest of them all? Let your community show off their furry, feathered, or scaly friends with a pet pageant. Pet owners can make a donation for a chance to walk the runway. Whether indoors or outdoors, make a runway, get a PA system, and find an MC. Have participants dress up or let them strut their stuff in the buff. Let the audience participate by having them vote on “cutest,” “goofiest,” and “most fashionable.”
4. Homemade treat sale
A homemade treat is a joy to humans and animals alike. Nowadays, there are many recipes for pet snacks you can make from scratch. Pick a few tasty recipes and when they’re ready, package them in cute bags to sell. Work with a farmer’s market, school, or veterinarian’s office to find a time and place to sell your treats. Advertise where the money is going with flyers about your fundraiser.
5. Pet food drive
Pet food costs can add up quickly, and on a tight budget, it can be one of the first items to get cut. To help pets in your community, collect food and raise funds for local animal shelter fundraising. For example, animal lover Max started a fundraiser called Seattle Humane Teen Pet Food Drive. He raised more than $500 for a pet food bank that helps seniors and people living with AIDS take care of their animal friends.
6. Pet calendar
An especially successful fundraising idea around the holidays, a pet calendar showcases a new animal for each month of the year. You can work with local animal shelters to feature their rescues, or reach out to your community to see if they would contribute a photo of their pet. For example, photographer and animal lover Tiffany offered her donors a custom photo shoot (with an option for a yearly calendar) to help raise money for an animal charity in her fundraiser Tiffany’s Animal Balance Fundraiser.
7. Pet-inspired painting
What better way to express love for your pet than through art? Host a “paint your pet” night and competition. Buy supplies like canvases, paint, brushes, and set up a studio for participants. People can sign up in advance and donate to your fundraiser to participate. At the end, display the art and vote on the best portrait.
8. Seasonal pet parties
Every season offers its own holidays to enjoy, so why not turn your celebrations into seasonal pet parties? Instead of Mardi Gras, bust out the milk bones for Mardi Paw. Focus on the beastly during Halloween and throw a Howl-o-ween, for all creatures. Show your love for furry friends by making howl-entines on Valentines Day. Pupmas and Pawnukah add a fun twist on beloved holidays. At pet fundraising events, set up a table with information about your fundraiser and a place for partygoers to donate and help with raising money.