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9-Year-Old Raises Money for Shelter Dogs Instead of Asking for Birthday Presents


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Most kids don’t ask for donations in lieu of presents for their 9th birthday, but Ethan Katz is an exception. Ethan is a dog lover at heart and his birthday wish was to save the lives of shelter dogs. With the help of his mother, Lisa Pezzoli Katz, Ethan designed and sold t-shirts to raise money for City Dog Rescue, a local non-profit organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters. Ethan’s original goal was to sell 70 shirts, but ended […]

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Four Ways to Increase Donations from Existing Donors


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Seeking out new donors is one part of every successful organization’s fundraising strategy, but it’s also important not to forget about your existing donors. You’ve already done the hard part with people who have donated in the past – you’ve convinced them that your cause is worth contributing to. Be sure to keep up a relationship with your donors to ensure continued support. Below are some suggestions for increasing donations: 1.)    Follow up: If a donor contributed at one of […]

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Your Animal Adoption Center’s Team


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Operating an animal shelter or rescue involves a lot of work in diverse areas. Success hinges in large part on your ability to delegate the right tasks to the right people, so it’s important to assemble a strong team to help run your adoption center. Always work with people who genuinely want to help, regardless of whether they’re paid staff or volunteers or how many hours they’re on hand each week. Below are key animal shelter or rescue positions. You […]

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How to Start an Animal Rescue or Shelter


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It’s not uncommon for animal lovers, brimming with good intentions, to fantasize about founding an animal adoption center. It’s a noble pursuit, and America is desperate for more safe places to keep pets between homes, but opening a shelter or rescue takes a lot more than good intentions. Of course, if you’ve done some basic research, you already know that starting an animal rescue or shelter takes money, staff, business and accounting know-how, marketing, solicitation of donations, contacts, major commitments, […]

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Ways to Raise Funds for Your Animal Rescue or Shelter


Cash shortages, unfortunately, are common to running a nonprofit animal shelter or rescue. While the occasional grant may provide some relief, charitable contributions keep your operation viable for the long haul. And, unless your adoption center catches the eye of a particularly wealthy and generous animal-loving philanthropist, you need a steady flow of donations coming in. Some people find fundraising distasteful, but it’s unavoidable in nonprofit life. Also, fundraising provides opportunities to increase awareness about issues like responsible pet ownership, […]

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Tips for Designing a Great Animal Shelter or Rescue Website


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Your animal shelter or rescue’s website is often your first engagement with potential adopters and donors. To help your animals find loving homes and to spread your message and fund your operation, the website must provide information clearly and concisely in a way that grabs and maintains attention. Here are a few tips for designing an effective website for your animal adoption center: 1. Make your website user-friendly and catchy—but not tacky. Pictures of adorable pets are an obvious way […]

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