Who doesn’t love to play with a puppy? Try a Rent-A-Puppy fundraiser! Contact your local Humane Society and ask if they will bring a group of adoptable puppies and dogs to an afternoon in the park. Offer volunteers to help with transportation. The idea is to let kids that perhaps can’t have a pet due to living arrangements get a chance to spend time with a ‘rental’.
This fundraiser works well in a park where there is room to run and play. Remember the dogs and puppies need to be on leashes. Have paper bowls and fresh water available, and bottled drinks for thirsty two footers! Be sure you display free advertising for those bringing the animals, and have the Humane Society bring adoption applications in case someone wants to apply for a forever four-legged friend.
Don’t forget pooper-scooper detail! This is very important, will keep the area clean for all to enjoy, and leave the park in nearly pre-event condition. Encourage each renter to clean up after their puppy, but be sure to have roaming watchers and cleaners, too. Consider using ‘green’ paper bags to encourage people to be environmentally friendly as well as responsible. Provide large covered trash containers around the area. Have available several long handled pooper-scoopers.
Set a specific length of time for this fundraiser. The dogs and puppies will enjoy the interaction, but may become tired after a while. Decide on a rental price for a certain number of minutes and have it clearly displayed. Offer a phone number for making advance playtime reservations. Be prepared for walk in puppy lovers, too!
Have each renter or parent bring their drivers license and sign in at the registration table. Hold the license, and return it when the puppy is returned. Put all of this information, plus the cost and intended use of the proceeds, in the flyers and on the posters you distribute several weeks in advance of the event.
Consider having this event on two days, either in a row or on separate weekends. This will not only be a good green fundraiser for your group, it will provide positive exposure for the animals from the Humane Society and pet store. The Rent-A-Puppy fundraiser can be a winner for all involved!