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Raise Funds for Animal Rescue Centres or Shelters

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 19 Mar 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Raise Funds For Animal Rescue Centres Or Shelters

Fund raising is an important part of running an animal rescue centre or shelter. Without money, the centre will not be able to look after or care for unwanted, abandoned or sick animals. The money is used for many things. Besides the day to day needs of the animals, the money is also used to pay for the repair of housing, heating and other overheads as well as being used to pay for veterinary fees or essential treatments.

There are many ways that people can raise money to help animal rescue centres. These range from simply making a donation or series of regular donations through to organising and running a significant fund raising event.

Making Donations Through Gift Aid

Anyone who wants to raise funds or make donations to an animal rescue centre or shelter that is also a registered charity should consider Gift Aid in order to give the maximum benefit. This is a scheme run by the government through the HMRC. If a donation is made to a charity through the Gift Aid scheme, then the charity is able to reclaim the tax on this donation. The exact amount will vary depending on the tax rate at the time.

Selling Items to Raise Funds

Many people enjoy making and selling items to raise funds for animal rescue centres. This is a great way to raise money. The following types of items are all good for raising money:

  • Handmade cards – handmade cards are relatively low cost to make and are always popular. Fund raising cards can be sold at craft events or through local shops and businesses. Putting the name of the animal rescue centre somewhere on the card with a bit of information about the fund raising campaign helps to give credibility to the fund raising.
  • 'Recycling' or selling second hand goods – fund raising activities have always included selling bric-a-brac or 'white elephant' goods. Today, the Internet has widened the opportunities for selling used and second hand items and large auction sites such as eBay are a great market place for selling this type of product. These websites also offer the ability to sell goods for charity. eBay, for instance, offers a special service for people who are selling products for charity. This includes giving a fee credit. Charitable listings also get promoted through special charitable pages. For more information take a look at the 'eBay for Charity' section of their website.
  • Animal related items – animal related items are a great thing to sell to raise money for animal charities. There are many items that are suitable. Photographs of dogs, cats or other animals can be printed onto postcards, mugs or even t-shirts.

Organising Fund Raising Events

Organising a fund raising event needn't involve organising a large complicated event. There are many smaller events that are simple to organise and are great fun to attend. This includes small bring and buy sales, which are always popular, especially in the build up to Christmas. Pubs will often allow special quiz nights to be run and will often make a donation based on the bar takings for the night. Many animal welfare charities have information and ideas for raising funds.

Raising funds or giving money to an animal welfare organisation is an important part of helping them with their work.

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If I ran a shop in order to sell second hand goods & I donated all the money to a dog rescue centre that is not registered with the Charity Commission what are the tax implications for me running a shop but not registered with the Charity Commission & the dog rescue centre also not registered with the Charity Commission.I would donate all the money the shop receives from selling & give it all to the dog rescue centre. Are we both liable for Tax?
Blurb - 19-Mar-16 @ 7:42 PM
bubble - Your Question:
Hi there my daughter is fast approaching ten and she has a great love for animals she would really like to volunteer in a rescue centre please could you give me an idea of how I go about this many thanks

Our Response:
I'm afraid at age 10, your daughter is too young to be considered to volunteer at a rescue centre due to health and safety policies and insurance etc. The minimum age for consideration would be 16-18. Perhaps, in the meantime, you as a parent could volunteer at an organisation where children are encouraged to come along and help alongside their parents. Please see link here for some suggestions.
SaveAPet - 15-Mar-16 @ 11:18 AM
hi there my daughter is fast approaching ten and she has a great love for animals she would really like to volunteer in a rescue centre please could you give me an idea of how I go about this many thanks
bubble - 14-Mar-16 @ 9:22 AM
tanzibunst - Your Question:
Hi , I am looking to gain experience in veterinary nursing and was wondering if you have any vacancies in this role? I am a animal lover who owns 3 cats and 1 dog. my ideal job is to go down this pathway.thankyou

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly to veterinary establishments in your area. Or you may be able to find a voluntary place via the Do-It website here.
SaveAPet - 2-Mar-16 @ 11:27 AM
Hi , I am looking to gain experience in veterinary nursing and was wondering if you have any vacancies in this role? I am a animal lover who owns 3 cats and 1 dog. my ideal job is to go down this pathway . thankyou
tanzibunst - 1-Mar-16 @ 1:42 PM
Meg - Your Question:
Hi, I am 17 years old I go to a college called Reaseheath doing animal care I absolutley love animals and really interested volunteering at rescue centres in stockport. Or I wouldn't mind doing anything else either I am of Monday every week and in weekends does anyone no of any?

Our Response:
Please see Do-It site here which will tell you if there are any opportunities in your area. Good luck.
SaveAPet - 1-Mar-16 @ 10:41 AM
Hi, I am 17 years old I go to a college called Reaseheath doing animal care I absolutley love animals and really interested volunteering at rescue centres in stockport. Or I wouldn't mind doing anything else either I am of Monday every week and in weekends does anyone no of any?
Meg - 29-Feb-16 @ 9:55 AM
Hello, Hope this email finds you well. I would like to help with animals, dog walking or other activity involving spending time with animals(any). I m an animal lover.I am vegan for 9 years and I would like to help. I live in London. Please instruct me where i begin and who i need to contact to get started:) Many thanks Sylwia
sylwia - 20-Feb-16 @ 12:07 PM
Hello, My name is Skaiste Celiaraite, I am 17 years old and am wondering if there are any available volunteering jobs. I absolutely love animals and am looking for work in which I could help and share a little love. I am able to do any jobs in which I could hopefully interact with animals to gain knowledge and experience for the future. I am available any time any day. +447449313409 Kind Regards, Skaiste Celiaraite
skaisteceliar - 29-Jan-16 @ 4:10 PM
Hi am in need of help.our year old Simon our cat was attacked by a pitbull. Simon needs surgery a plate and two pins put into his leg.we have rasied 600.00,but the surgery is 1,500.the 600.00covers takeing his back leg.please if anyone can help.our Simon is at Dr.Clark's in indio. Please email me.thank you
Nettie - 11-Oct-15 @ 12:02 AM
Hi I'm 20 years of age and live in Huddersfield. I am currently studying my level 3 in animal management. I'm wanting to volunteer with animals to gain some experience can anyone help me please.
Carlabear - 29-Sep-15 @ 11:25 AM
Hi i am 13 years old and would like to know which volunteer options are available to me I love in Newport South Wales. Thankyou
jess - 19-Jul-15 @ 10:12 PM
Hi I'm 13 years old and would like know what volunteer options there is that I could do. I live in Newport South Wales
Jesus - 19-Jul-15 @ 10:08 PM
Hi, im 24 and looking to change careers from hairdressing into vetenary nursing. I would love to do as much volunteer work as I can to improve my chances of being accepted into a college. Would be willing to do any kind of volunteering, live in south west london, and available from the end of this month. Any opportunities for me???
s_mcblain - 2-Jun-15 @ 8:37 PM
Hi I recently just turned 16 and was wondering where I would be able to volunteer, I live in sheffield.
Kademi3 - 3-Mar-15 @ 5:55 PM
@e17 - Yes, there is the Cinnamon Trust which is always advertising for dog walkers for those people who are elderly with pets and can't get out, or they may have a terminal illness. You can apply via the link here. Also, please see the RSPCA blog herewhich will give you additional information if you wanted to walk dogs through the RSPCA. I hope this helps and most of all enjoy.
SaveAPet - 23-Feb-15 @ 12:24 PM
Have a 12 year old daughter, who is very keen to have access to walking a dog. I (mother) grew up with dogs, but, don't, at present, have money/ space for pet dog. can you advise of any schemes/charities, where we could walk a dog as volunteers ( I would be "responsible adult etc.") we live in Walthamstow, London (east) Thank You. Ann Cockbill
e17 - 20-Feb-15 @ 7:31 PM
Hi, between 15th and 22nd of june i'm on holiday, but as a serious cat lover i'd love to do something more important that week and socialise with cats.Any chance me doing that and where's the centre that I can do that in?
claire - 9-May-12 @ 3:23 PM
I have run a voluntary rescue for 25 years and am now trying to raise funds to buy some additional land currently offered to us to improve life for the over 200 animals in care, many sick, elderly or terminally ill.This is urgent as the land is already advertised.Can anyone help please?Check out our web site: patscatsetc.org.uk
shadows mum - 30-Dec-11 @ 12:18 PM
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