Supporting Pets Without Parents
There are many ways you can support the shelter. Some require time and some money, but there are other ways that require very little of either. See below for ideas on how you can be part of Pets Without Parents' Support Team:
Our shelter is always in need of helping hands. Volunteering is a very rewarding experience. You meet new pets, learn their stories, and cultivate your own space in their hearts as they find a place in yours. When a pet is adopted that you have grown close to, the thrill and happiness is unmatched. Our VOLUNTEER PAGE outlines our volunteer opportunities and a description of what each entails. Before volunteering, you must attend one of our Volunteer Orientations.
MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION
A common misconception about the shelter is that we receive tax funding. This is simply not true. Pets Without Parents is funded through adoption fees, fundraisers, and donations. If you're able to make a monetary donation, please understand how much it helps. Every dollar truly goes to the pets. Plus, maintaining a no-kill philosophy is quite costly. We must ensure all of our pets live quality lives while at the shelter, which sometimes means several months, even years.
We have several established funds where you can choose where your money goes. Please visit our FUNDS page for more information.
|OTHER WAYS TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE SHELTER:
We can always use any of the below listed supplies. It saves us money when supporters donate these items, allowing us to allocate more funds to the pet's veterinary needs. Click here for a printable copy you can take to the store or hang up at your office.
Have a Lemonade Stand: Kids can help by selling goodies during the summer months. The kids get to be champions for a cause, making them feel good about themselves, and the shelter gains some much needed resources. It's a win-win situation. Marissa and Kristen sold lemonade, cupcakes, and jam and donated all of their proceeds ($10) to the shelter. Way to go, girls!
Throw a party (or have a wedding!) and make PWP the beneficiary. Have guests donate a monetary gift at the door, or bring a supply for "admission" to your party. At one couple's wedding, they asked for donations to PWP in lieu of gifts. They placed the beautiful picture (shown on the right) on the table by the guest book, along with brochures about PWP. The picture said something about their "kids" and which ones came from PWP. They received many compliments on this, and PWP benefitted form everyone's generosity.
Have a Yard Sale. Clean out your closets and make PWP the beneficiary.
Tailgate for the pets. Why not? What better excuse to support your team and the shelter. Host a tailgate and have friends donate a monetary gift or supply.
Organize a Dress Down Day at the office. Only those who donate a dollar (or two, or three) can dress down.
Have a Happy Hour. Ask your favorite watering hole to throw a happy hour for PWP.
Pick up "irregulars" at the store. Ask your grocery store manager what the store does with their ripped bags of litter, their slightly damaged cans of cat food. It's likely they pitch them. Ask the manager if you can arrange to pick up the irregular items on a regular basis.
Have more great suggestions to add to the list? Email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line "Pet Project."