Celebrated on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations, nationwide, to encourage acts of kindness. And this year I am focusing my Random Acts of Kindness Day to help my favourite charity Kitten Cottage. Below I have a list of a few ideas you can use to raise money for your favourite furry charity.
As you know if you have spent any time on Snapshot and Snippets we have a lot of animals.
At the moment we have two dogs who you can read about here The Great Health Benefits of Owning Dogs.
We also have a rabbit and guinea pig who live together.
This week we sadly lost our oldest cat Meg at the grand age of sixteen. She was a beautiful black cat who followed us home from a Halloween party back in 2003. She passed away in her sleep and we were naturally devastated. But we have a new arrival to ease the pain a kitten from Kitten Cottage called Luna. Isn’t she the cutest wee thing?
Random Acts of Kindness Day – Helping Kitten Cottage and others
Kitten Cottage is one of the first ever purpose-built shelters for cats in Ireland. It opened its doors in 2004 and as of January 2018, has taken in and looked after over 8,000 cats and kittens. I met Maire Egan many years ago when I first came up to Cavan and we bonded over our love of furry creatures and growing vegetables.
Maire runs Kitten Cottage with very little help from the government, it is a labour of love and she has been known to take in more than just cats. Any animal in need can find a sanctuary at Maire’s home.
We have had many pets from Kitten Cottage – Jinx our ginger tom and Zuki the Rabbit came from there and of course Luna the kitten.
10 fundraising ideas for Animal Sanctuaries on Random Acts of Kindness Day
All non-profit places like Kitten Cottage need support to function and this Random Acts of Kindness Day pick your favourite animal charity and try some of these great fundraising ideas to help them.
1. The first thing you can do of course is Volunteer your time – contact your local charity and offer to help clean, look after animals, build shelters. Some places rely on this kindness to run.
2. Organise a Fashion show — Got a catwalk? Got models? Got some haute couture? You actually don’t need any of the above to pull off a fundraising fashion show. All you need is floor space, some clothes and a few staff members willing to put themselves out there and be goofy.
3.Dog wash — Invite the public to come get their pooch polished up. Okay this is not Cat related but dogs need love too and perfect for an animal sanctuary of your choice
4. Buddy run — The buddy being your pet. Like a pet-friendly 5k. Not sure if cats would love it but dogs definitely would and I have seen the odd cat on a lead.
5. Yoga with animals — animal-themed yoga classes are all the rage right now. Team up with a local animal shelter or petting zoo who will provide the animals to help spread awareness of their own cause.
6. The good old Bake Sale – but why not try baking something pet related like Home-made cat treats
Homemade Tuna Heart Cat Treats
makes 30-40 cat treats
- 150g canned tuna, in oil
- A cup rice or oat flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp dried catnip
- extra olive oil
The How to bit
Preheat your oven to 175˚C (350˚F), or 160˚C (320˚F) if you have a fan oven.
Combine drained tuna, rice or oat flour, egg and catnip in a bowl, and mix thoroughly with a fork until combined. The mixture should hold together but not be excessively sticky. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a little extra olive oil as required.
There is a great list of 10 easy to make cat treats here to help you make some treats to sell.
7. Have a pet picture day For a pet picture day, you can ask a local photographer to donate their time and set up a “studio” at your shelter or organization. Then, invite pet owners to come and have their pets’ pictures taken! You can have props that can be used during the photo shoot and a snack station for animals and pets owners alike.
8. Create Pet or Animal Calendars-Wall or desk calendars are the perfect fundraising product. They can promote your cause and are easy to create and sell. Start creating your calendars in the middle of summer. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to advertise and sell them before the new year starts.
9.Offer Pet-Sitting Services If you’re looking for pet fundraising ideas to raise money for your own pet’s medical expenses or to help support your local animal shelter, you can create a pet sitting (or dog walking) service.
10.Pet Drawing Competition: Get children to draw or paint a picture of their pets, and get parents to pay an entry fee for each one submitted; the pictures can be judged, and the winners displayed in the local library or other public places.
And there is a fabulous list of 100 fundraising ideas on Eventbrite to help you fund your favourite charity.
How you can help on Random Acts of Kindness day
Non-profit Animal Sanctuaries require a lot more work than you expect, so any help that they can get would be greatly appreciated. You can look in your local newspaper or use Google to see what is in your area. There may be something in your area that you absolutely care about that you can help with! Give them a call and find out how you can help!
If you have a cause you like to support check out how you can create your own nonprofit fundraiser. And start your own Random Acts of Kindness Day and start helping Furry friends and others today.
If you enjoyed this post please share and Kitten Cottage would appreciate any help you are willing to offer contact Maire on 0877676714 or 0498542334
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