Save Lucky Donkey

$14,010 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 143 people in 18 months
I started Lucky Donkey indoor dog park in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2016 in the heart of Old Strathcona. My vision was to create a safe and unique community of loving dog owners. My first year has been filled with ups and downs. The learning curve of running this business has been a steep one! It was difficult in the beginning to gain the exposure that I needed as it was in the start of the summer season. Once winter hit, the concept flew and has been a huge success. I funded the business for the first year and have since run that well dry. There has been a recent hike in rent and this has proven to be a challenge to meet- warmer weather means fewer dogs. I fell behind over the last 2 months and am now at risk of losing everything I have worked so hard for. I need the funds to pay off the outstanding rent immediately and I want to be able to keep the business running throughout the summer months. I want to have more summer time attractions such as a pool to encourage more people to use the space during the upcoming hot days. Business projections are promising, if only Lucky Donkey can make it through this crunch.
My vision has come true. Not only is Lucky Donkey a community, but we have truly created a family. I now need to reach out to my Lucky Donkey family to help keep this magical place alive.  Thank you all for supporting and loving Lucky Donkey as customers, and thank you for any help you can give me now. No donation is too small.  I am constantly amazed by your kindness and generosity.
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Lucky Donkey is in dire need of rescue at this point. I have been struggling since the summer and have been working really hard with adding more services and events through the year, but it has been really hard to catch up. Most of our customers know that I have been working other jobs because I still cannot take out of this business.
The landlords have been very gracious and patient, but even that can wear thin after a few months. They have lowered the rent moving forward, but I need to catch up on what is owing right away in order to move forward. This is not where I saw myself coming towards the end of my second year, but it's the reality of the situation.
This place has been a labour of love and can still grow, but I won't get that opportunity if I don't catch up by the end of the month. It is so hard to swallow my pride and again ask the community for assistance, but it's my last option.
Thank you,
Gabe
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Once again we have lowered our goal. Since the launch of this campaign, with our sales and fundraiser efforts we have managed to keep this place alive for another 2 months! We had another successful fundraiser this weekend as well as more donations coming in from this campaign. We only have a couple months left of the summer and it's still a slippery slope. This is not the spot we wanted to be by now, but it is where we are and we hope to keep this wonderful place alive to see us through to our busy season. We love all the support we have received from everyone and hope that we can get more. If we get $7 from every Facebook follower, we would be able to achieve our goal. If you have not had the chance to visit this magical place yet, please take the opportunity now to show your support and come in and see what we have worked so hard to build. We will be holding more fun events throughout the summer, so come out and support a class, a singles night or a paint night and help keep this business going! Any support we can get will help us get through this rough time. Thank you again for the out pour of love over the past couple months. We appreciate every effort made.
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Thank you so much for the continued support. I want to say a special thank you to Mayday Dogs for donating their time and hotdogs to our event on Saturday. We haven't finalized the totals from the event, but will keep you in the loop once we get the final numbers. Thank you to all those that showed up today for some cool off leash play!
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Thank you so much to those that have been volunteering for our events and giving us the gift of your time. We are still making movements! We've had a couple of bake sales and will continue to fundraise to get closer to our goal! Thank you for all of your generous donations. We still have a long way to go, but we wouldn't be here today if it weren't for last month's efforts. Let's keep it alive and keep Lucky Donkey going!
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$14,010 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 143 people in 18 months
Created May 6, 2017
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$100
Carol Daneluk
6 months ago

Chica had a great 1st time experience at Lucky Donkey. She also enjoyed the jump lesson you and Donkey gave her. Thank you for a fun afternoon, and we hope to visit again real soon, for many years to come :)

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$50
Sally-Ann Mowat
7 months ago

Hope you can hang in until enough people know about Lucky Donkey that you can breathe more easily!

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7 months ago
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