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« on: January 13, 2010 07:52:09 PM »

My sister in law volunteers at a Cocker Spaniel rescue. They have maybe 15 dogs at one time that need to be adopted. The problem is that we have difficulty getting the name out there. For Valentines day the owner wanted to have an event and give out treats. We were thinking of doing postcards with pictures of the doggies in cute poses, or sell them even to raise money for the shelter.
She also wanted to do a sort of Spaniel kisses both, where you pay for cuddles- but some of the doggies are very old and still recovering.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I wanted to help since we got our puppy from them and he's so good! And only 13 years young!

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010 10:49:45 PM »

Facebook. advertise.

« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010 02:19:11 AM »

already have one. They have like... 1500 friends atm.

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2010 07:42:47 AM »

That's good! You can also check out your local craigslist.org. Put a post on there.

« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2010 11:05:26 PM »

I don't know where you live, but if you have any pet shops in your area, maybe you could try working with them.  Pet owners who are prone to pampering their pets are often sympathetic to pet plight (say that three times fast!).  I know in our arts district there is a little shop that sells upscale pet things.  Maybe since y'all are (presumably) crafty, you could create some items that could be sold, like cute doggie tags with your info attached, or even just drop off a stack of fliers or business cards if it's a larger chain.

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010 08:06:27 AM »

 Team up with your local petsmart/pet co, Paws, ASPCA, animal shelters, groomers, vets,etc...


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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010 07:34:30 AM »

I recently adopted a pug that was a rescue.  The mid-Atlantic pug rescue does a website where you can be an angel for a pug needing adoption or medical care by donating through pay pal.  Then your name is listed as their angel.

Maybe you could do something similar.  Cut out hearts & put each dogs's name or picture on them & people can pay to send them a valentine? 

Good luck.  I absolutely love animal rescues & have to say thanks for all you are doing.

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2010 07:42:55 AM »

Yeah I would go with the Petsmart idea, the shelter I volunteer at holds adoption drives every other saturday and we do quite well there. It also gets people thinking about you name when they are ready to adopt. Petsmart and Petco also let us place flyers on their counters and each person that adopts during the drive, they give them this coupon book for all sorts of dog related things.

Craigslist also has a pets section where a lot of dogs get posted with contact info for adoption. Does the shelter have a website?

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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2010 05:26:34 PM »

bake sone yummy dog treats, put them in pretty cello and have a doggy bake sale!
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2010 10:53:36 PM »

Are they listed on Petfinder.com? That's a great website.

Petsmart is a good idea, a lot of people go through those stores.
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2010 04:17:49 AM »

I LOVE the doggie bake sale idea! Maybe at a pet store where you could also sell the postcards. I love the idea of the doggie kisses, but I think you'd have liability issues to deal with. This post makes me think about how I can do more for my local shelters since I haven't been as active. Thanks for the reminder!!

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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2010 04:22:36 AM »

You could also get the local media involved, call and see if they'd do a short spot on the morning show where you are. people do that a lot here, pets get homes, people send donations..it's all around goodness!

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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2010 07:32:56 PM »

ok so far we have teamed up with Petfinder, twitter, and some other vet hospitals in the area. We had a v-day/super bowl party and raised some good money. People came over and saw the puppies, some even were adopted. It was a good party I think.

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2010 06:16:50 PM »

If there's a state college or university in your area talk to them about philanthropy. I was in a sorority for a short time and for community service they took some of the dogs out of a shelter and made a huge puppy-pen on campus. It was like a have-a-pet-dog-for-a-half-hour deal for $5, where you can play with them there or walk them etc. I thought it'd only attract a couple people but you'd be amazed at how many people showed up. All the money went to the shelter, and I think it was like 3 or 4 of the 16 dogs we brought in got adopted on the spot. A lot more than usual got adopted that week as well. (Hell, it's how I got my puppy- she unexpectedly sat in my lap and licked me. Adopted her the next day)

Anyway. Rambling, sorry. Either try that at a school or maybe getting a permit to do that at a public park? It sways a lot more people when they're actually playing with the dogs. Who can resist a wagging tail and a pair of doleful puppy eyes?

ps- the doggy bake sale idea is ADORABLE
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