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I know that so many rescues are struggling with the economy with donations and need money. So I thought it might be a good idea for starting a thread to put ideas that each rescue uses to help raise money or for people to help rescues come up with new ideas to raise money. I will start out by listing a couple of things we do.

Every spring we do a Goldenfest at a local private dog park. This dog park donates a section of the park that is fenced off for us. We charge $15 per family no matter how many people and dogs. That is the big time for when we have our reunion of all the dogs adopted over the years. It is not limited to just goldens. If you have another breed you can bring it. We have a silent auction with items donated from a weekend at Amelia Island, dog beds, books signed, clothes, toys. We have a vet tech and groomer that donate their time to trim nails and clean ears for a small fee and all the money goes to the rescue. We have a kissing booth with a golden to give kisses for a small fee. I think each year there will be over $100 dogs.

And once a year we have a tennis ball bonanza. We sell tennis balls for $10.00 each. We sell tickets with numbers on them and those tickets coincide with tennis balls we have numbered at our HQ's. Then we have a get together and throw all the tennis balls sold in a swimming pool and let a golden pull a tennis ball out. We pull three balls out. 3rd place, 2nd place and 1st place. We take the money and split it up into places. This one we are looking into changing though on maybe making 2nd and 3rd place into different prizes like a weekend at Amelia Island or something like that and then split the pot in half with 1st place.


So what ideas do you have for rescues or does your rescues do? If we all put in some ideas maybe it will help a rescue raise some money and could make a difference stay open. Some people cant foster but this is a way you can help.

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the rescue where i got Duke does Local Belk coupons sale.Belk has this twice a year,in spring and xmas time.

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Here are a few of my outlandish ideas.
1. There is something on Twitter called Twitterchange. Twitchange lets fans bid on an opportunity to interact with their favorite celebrities on Twitter by having those celebrities follow, mention or retweet them.
Each auction lasts about one month and all money is given to a cause selected by a main celebrity spokesperson. Causes are given an extra boost by getting celebrities, and their social networks, involved in the campaign. If you have a favorite celebrity, the Twitchange site will actually help you look him up and petition him (via tweet) to sign up to support the cause. Here is a link that kind of talks about it, but I don't believe it is the main site for this. Is Twitter a Touchdown for Social Good?
I think that Colbi Cailat, a musician, rescued a golden.
2. The Salvation Army has online Kettles that is put on several national stores online sites during the holiday season. Could you do something like that? I suppose it is something like paypal, but it would be cute if you could put it into an object like a tennisball. Maybe some national or local stores like petsmart or petco would be willing to put it on their website. Online Red Kettle - The Salvation Army USA:
3. This one is not that outlandish. Have a 5k run/walk. Have sponsers like dog food companies and dog toy companies or local banks.
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Walk-a-thons and Polar Dips where people get people to sponsor them for the event. A local community college does the polar dip and raises tens of thousands every year.
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January 13, 2011

Dear Friends of Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue,

It is with great sadness that we find ourselves in this financial crisis. Because of the unusual weather down south, the higher than average number of owner surrenders, strays, foreclosures, and the high number of Heartworm positive dogs, we are $17,000.00 in debt. At $700.00 a dog for Heartworm treatment, along with the other sick and injured dogs, along with various surgical, and medical cost, it doesn’t take much to add up very quickly. And that is with a Rescue discounted rate.

We understand that every rescue is currently having financial issues right now, so we are looking for some fundraising ideas; to help SGRR raise the necessary funds to help us keep up with our mission.

We are looking for ideas that we can use to currently use to help us pay down our debt with our Veterinarians, and the kennels we use to house our injured dogs and to help keep our heartworm positive dogs quiet to aid in their recovery, and to help bank emergency funds so we can continue to help these poor dogs find a loving furever home.

Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue is a far ranging rescue, covering the area of the Deep South all the way north to ME. So we need ideas that will help unify our volunteers, and adoption base, and that everyone can participate in if they wish.

We did put together a SGRR cookbook several years ago, and we sell calendars, coffee cups etc every year, with individualized photos of our adopter’s dogs.

So far since we went public with this request yesterday, I am thrilled to say that we have raised over $5,000.00 just by sending out a mailing to our volunteers, and adopters, using Chip-In and Paypal. So this has turned out to be a great fund raising tool, but it shouldn’t be used except in emergency situations.

So obviously SGRR welcomes all help and suggestions, and we will be more than happy to help any and all rescues that find themselves in this position. You can contact us thru our website, sunshinegoldenretrieverrescue.com or please feel free to contact me either here or by PM.

Thanks on behalf of our volunteers, and our dogs

Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue.

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Check out the Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue Fundraiser Album on my GRF or FB pages. Proceeds go to help rescue, nurse the sick ones back to health, and to find them their furever homes!
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Any plans on the Jacksonville Goldenfest for this spring yet?

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