There are lots of different animal charities in need of fundraising, from local cat and dog shelters to international animal rescue and wild animal causes. Get started fundraising for all types of animal charities with these roar-inspiring fundraising ideas.
Dog Charity Fundraising Ideas
Man’s (and woman’s) best friend often needs fundraising support. Luckily, there are some great ways to get your dog involved in fundraising.
Sponsored Dog Walk
This can take many forms, from a “walk-a-thon” style – where participants earn donations for the distance they can travel – to a large-scale dog walking event. The latter is like the many sponsored runs and walks you see advertised, but with a doggy twist!
Many people own dogs (or know someone who does), making a dog wash a quick and fantastic way to earn money for animal charities. Collect flat donations in exchange for washing your neighbours’, friends’ and family’s dogs. If you’re really skilled, you can also offer services like cut, shave and colour for an additional fee. Alternatively, see if a local grooming parlour will sponsor your dog washing day and provide some helping hands with a bit more experience.
Other Pet-themed Fundraising Ideas
Even if you’re not a dog lover, you can do lots of animal-themed events for fundraising, such as a pet costume contest or pet-friendly charity ball.
To run a pet costume contest, combine it with a larger animal-friendly event (like a dog walk) or solicit contest entries from the Internet. Charge a flat fee for each entrant and may the best dog (or cat, or gerbil) win! Don’t forget pet-themed prizes for the winners.
Smaller events work well too – create pet stockings at Christmastime, or offer pet-sitting services to friends and neighbours.
You can also network with a local animal group or veterinarian to offer obedience classes, pet first aid training and even “cooking for your pet” classes. Get creative and create an event that all animal lovers can appreciate.
Raising Money for Wild Animal Charities
For the more adventurous sort, you can also run an animal-themed fundraising event for a charity like WSPA or WWF. All it takes is a little bit of wild creativity.
Do a sponsored trip and collect donations for the trip of a lifetime. Travel to the centre of your charity’s operations; from panda sanctuaries in China to orangutan rescues in Africa, your daring trek can help get lots of donations for your charitable cause.
More Animal & Pet Fundraising Ideas
These aren’t the only animal-themed fundraising ideas out there. Look over our full list of fundraising ideas and try to think of ways to add an animal theme to each idea. Even something as simple as dressing up in a dog costume makes an activity like door-to-door collections or street fundraising that much more interesting, so don’t be afraid to have fun and put your own spin on things.