Did you know that April is National Pet Month?
The aim is raise awareness of responsible pet ownership – You can check out the educational campaigns and resources here. It’s also a celebration of all things pets – After all, they’re so much more than just a pet, they’re a member of the family and a cherished companion.
Obviously, much like the slogan ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ – The messages around good pet ownership are important all year round, not just during their April awareness month.
But April is as good a time as any to get fundraising and maybe raise some funds for some of the phenomenal charities around the UK that support unwanted animals, help to pay vet bills and help make sure that pets are looked after and in good homes.
So let’s look at some fundraising ideas that involve our much loved pets.
Fundraising Ideas with Pets
Here are our top fundraising ideas that let you have fun with your pets whilst raising money for a charity close to your heart.
Dog Agility Competition
Just for fun! Set up a fun dog agility course in your local area and invite people to bring their pet along to have a go, for a small fee to take part. Ask local businesses to donate a prize – Perhaps a gift voucher for a local restaurant or service! If you are organising for your own charity, remember to use this opportunity to raise awareness of your charity or cause.
Pet Photography Competition
We all know how photogenic our pets can be. Who’s got a whole reel of photos of their dog looking adorable or cat up to all kinds of mischief? Ask for a small fee to enter and make sure the prizes are good! Perhaps have different categories – Most Handsome, Funniest, Naughtiest etc.
Remember to encourage entrees to share on social media platforms, tagging in the charity. It’s a great chance to reach a wider audience and engage potential new supporters.
Terrific Tricks Talent Show
Everyone loves a talent show – Especially when it involves animals! What’s your pets best trick? Catch it on video as part of a virtual Talent Show online via social media – Live streamed or via recorded clips. Or host it in real where the audience can really be a part of the fun.
Now that the weather seems to be warming up a bit and the sun is peeping out for longer, there’s no excuse not to don those wellies and get out and about in the fresh air.
Perhaps there are some countryside walks in your local area – Devise a route, sell the map for a small fee, and invite locals and supporters to join a group ramble with their dogs.
You could even make it a weekly thing!
‘Name the Pet’ Competition
Get the kids involved with some super cute furry friends – Of the cuddly toy variety! For a small entry fee, invite people to name the various cuddly animals with the best names winning the toy!
Coffee Morning – Pets Invited!
Would it even be a list of fundraisers if we didn’t include some kind of coffee morning? Invite your friends with their furry plus ones for a coffee, slice of cake and a catch up. Don’t forget to encourage them to make a donation to your charity!
Donate Your Skills – Pet Edition
Ask your local pet groomers if they would consider donating their time one weekend to run a pop-up shop for your charitable cause. People can bring their pets along for a clip and comb for a subsidised price, with all the proceeds going to charity.
Alternatively, you could ask them to donate a percentage of their profits for the month of April to go to charity in celebration of National Pet Month.
How Will You Fundraise?
Digital Fundraising is easy to Integrate with Donater
Our suite of online fundraising tools include:
A dedicated online fundraising page, personalised to your charity or good cause. Supporters will immediately recognise your branding and thus, trust that they are in the right place to make a donation. Online fundraising pages are easy to share online via a handy link, and can be easily linked to your website with a ‘Donate Now’ button.
QR codes. We’ve all become more accustomed to QR codes with the NHS Covid app, so you’ll know how quick and easy it is to scan one with your smartphone. QR codes can be just as handy for taking donations. All your supporter has to do is scan the QR code with their smartphone, and it will take them to an online donation page. Once there, they can choose to donate with a tap via Google Pay or Apple Pay, or pay with their bank details. QR codes are a great addition to any physical marketing about your event, such as posters or newsletters as well as transforming a traditional donation box into a mobile way of taking digital donations.
NFC Tags. Our NFC tags take the above QR code concept a step further, and enable any supporter of yours with an NFC enabled smartphone to merely tap the tag or sticker. They will then be taken to an online donation page where they can make their donation quickly and simply. These work better with in-person events, but could easily be placed at the entrance to your charity or on collection boxes so visitors can donate to your cause if they wish.
Get in touch
If you would like to discuss how Donater could help your charitable cause to raise money digitally, contact us.