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3 Ways to Fundraise With Your 4-Legged Friend

3 Ways to Fundraise With Your 4-Legged Friend
3 Ways to Fundraise With Your 4-Legged Friend & Animal Charities You Need To Know About
As animal lovers, we all like to do our bit to help our furry friends in need. But have you ever wished you could involve your own canine companion in your fundraising efforts? Well, here we have 3 fabulous ideas to raise some pennies for pups and people in need, all whilst involving your own pet in the process! In light of the 15th annual Endangered Species Day, we’ve also included the low-down of some of our favourite animal charities that work tirelessly to protect every kind of creature on our wonderful planet in order to give you some inspiration for where to donate that hard-earned money.
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Written by Leona Chapman
Estimated Reading Time: 5minutes

dog reading a treat menuDoggy Treat Bake Sale

Get the oven on, roll up your sleeves and get baking some delicious doggy treats all in aid of your chosen charity. There are loads of DIY dog treat recipes available online (in fact we even have our own!) so why not try a couple out, I’m sure your pooch will happily be a taste-tester for you! Whether you sell your bakes at a school fete, church fair or just from your own front garden, this is a great way to raise a little money. During the current lockdown, you could sell your treats online via platforms such as Etsy, or maybe even donate the treats you make to a local animal shelter? If baking really isn’t your thing, you could always try and pass off these Edgard & Cooper treats as your own creation - we won't tell! Especially since Edgard & Cooper donate 10% of their profits to charity, helping to change the lives of thousands of dogs at The Dog Care Clinic in Sri Lanka, where there are over 3 million street dogs in need. It’s a win-win all round.

hiro and wolf out walking

Sponsored Dog Walks

*Some dog walking events have unfortunately had to be postponed or cancelled this year due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, but we still wanted to include them as they all run annually and are wonderful charities that deserve your support.

Sponsored Charity Dog walks happen all the time up and down the country and they are the perfect way to spend some quality time with your pooch all whilst raising money for worthy charities. The Great British Dog Walk organises a number of sponsored dog walks that help raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Depending on which walk you take part in, they even have fun dog agility shows and games to take part in as well! You also get a free dog bandana for taking part and if you manage to raise more than £50 you’ll receive a special certificate to mark your achievement. Similarly, Cancer Research UK organise ‘Woof Walkies’ throughout the year to raise funds for their vital research and also to honour the life-long love and support that canine companions provide. Dog Jog also runs a wonderful scheme where you can fundraise for Cancer Research or apply to fundraise for any charity of your choosing! They host 5K runs for humans and their dogs all around the country from June onwards. There are no time limits so it’s a great opportunity to challenge yourself and have fun alongside your pup.

Our hands-free leads are brilliant if you’re looking to take part in any sponsored dog walks as they keep your hands free for chugging that water and snapping all your celebratory finish line pics! 

dog fashion showDoggy Fashion Show

We are no strangers to a doggy fashion show, having hosted our own with sofa.com the past 2 years in aid of Blue Cross. At last year's show we gathered some of our favourite celebrity puppers and they hit the ‘dog-walk’ wearing the latest Hiro + Wolf knitwear and accessories as they modelled alongside clothing from cult ethical fashion designer Mei-Wei Lui. Last year's show raised £320 for Blue Cross and was a wonderful evening of fun for dogs and their human companions!

Why not gather some friends, dress up yourselves and pamper your pooches all in aid of your favourite charity? For the current climate, you can easily take your doggy fashion show digital and organise a big group video call instead! In addition Doggy Fashion Shows are a great way to showcase rescue pups that are available for adoption. Have pups from your local rescue hit the runway in some adorable accessories so everyone can see just how adoptable they are! Accessories we’d recommend include bow ties, bandanas and our leather reflective flowers. Need some inspo? Check out some pictures of our Fashion Show here

 

Animal Charities You Need to Know About 

Panthera

Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their natural habitats. The charity develops and implements strategies across the globe for the most endangered large cats; tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas, and leopards. Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments and citizens around the globe who want to help ensure a future for these incredible wild cats. Panthera’s grants program, the Small Cat Action Fund (SCAF), also helps to support conservation and research efforts for many of the smaller wild cat species around the world. 

People’s Trust for Endangered Species

People’s Trust for Endangered Species was set up in 1977 to save our planet's wildlife for the future. The charity works to promote the conservation of rare or declining species and habitats in the UK and worldwide through monitoring, public engagement, education, and through the funding of conservation projects and research. Did you know that, alarmingly, in the UK alone, almost two-thirds of species have declined in the last 50 years? Globally, around a quarter of mammals face extinction in the next three decades. That’s why the work of PTES is so important. 

Team Lioness - International Fund for Animal Welfare

Team Lioness is a part of the International Fund for Animal Welfare and they are an incredible all-female group of rangers in Kenya. The team of eight young Maasai women are not only defying social norms and creating new opportunities for women, they are also crucial in the protection of endangered animals. Team Lioness protects the traditional Maasai community land that surrounds Amboseli National Park. The remarkable group of rangers act as the first line of defense against the poaching and killing of elephants, lions, giraffes, cheetahs and other wildlife who frequent the land.

Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson in Vancouver, Canada, with the mission to protect and conserve all marine wildlife. Today, the movement has thousands of divisions working in over 40 countries around the globe. Sea Shepherd works fearlessly to expose, intercept, and oppose illegal operations that damage and destroy marine wildlife and habitats all over the world. With a staggering amount of marine wildlife species on the brink of extinction, Sea Shepherd pioneered a unique and effective approach to ocean conservation.  They provide dedicated crews, ships, equipment, technical advice, and consultation to multiple partners, including local communities and government agencies, all around the world in order to save our oceans. 

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