Perhaps your Animal Shelter Fundraisers have been missing out on some of the lesser known holiday opportunities that are out there, which could boost your adoption rate significantly. Here you’ll find several mentioned that you can hopefully add to your list of animal shelter fundraisers.

February is chock full of excellent opportunities to hold fundraisers. For example, it’s Responsible Pet Owners Month, so by thanking previous owners who have adopted from your shelter in the past, you can also invite them to your upcoming fundraiser, and have them invite their animal-lover friends, who would just love seeing all of the adorable animals your shelter has available for adoption. February is also National Cat Health Month, Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, as well as National Wild Bird Feeding Month; so if your shelter has cats, rabbits and/or birds in residence, February is an excellent time to promote adoptions of them, as well as a chance to do some basic education about care, feeding, grooming, etc.

March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month. April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month – a great opportunity to have a guest speaker or two on the topic to raise attendance of your fundraiser for that month and offer a tour of the beautiful creatures your shelter has available for adoption!

August 26th is National Dog Day, while National Cat Day is October 29th. These are great dates to orchestrate fun and exciting animal shelter fundraisers and expect high turn-outs and hopefully many happy adoptions.Speaking of canine friends, June is Adopt a Dog Month, and for the felines, October is Adopt a Cat Month.October is also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and some of our most lovable animal friends, those who are senior citizens, also have their own honorary month, with November being Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

You’ll find all kinds of creative ways to promote these various pet specific holidays, while still taking advantage of the more readily recognized national holidays as well. Set up your animal shelter fundraisers so that fun is had by all of the attendees, your available adoption population, and good luck!

Today, many people in the United States keep monkeys/primates as pet. It is not about owning an exotic pet, but about making a cute and cuddly wild animal a part of their lives. There are many challenges to owning a monkey as a pet and you should get into it only if you can assume the huge responsibility of looking a temperamental wild animal. This is why you need to seriously consider primate insurance. In fact, in many States across the U.S. where owning a non-human primate pet is not banned, it is mandatory for pet owners to have liability insurance. This insurance protects the primate owner as well as the third party should the monkey go berserk and bite anyone.

Importance-of Primate-Insurance

When monkeys are babies, they are extremely sweet natured and loving. However, they undergo a dramatic change in their personality the moment they hit sexual maturity. Usually, this occurs when the monkey reaches the age of four. You will notice your monkey flying into a rage for no reason. As an owner, you would have to be extremely sensitive to the moods of your monkey, as it is capable of biting even you, its primary caretaker, without a warning.

Biting is a part of a primate’s social interaction. In the wild, when a monkey is bitten by another monkey from the troop, the wound heals quickly. Biting is inherent to a primate and will continue even if you have nurtured the monkey from infancy. So, the chances are high, your pet monkey could bite you, your family members or even friends. The last thing you want is being held liable for this behavior.

Furthermore, looking after a monkey is expensive. It has special healthcare needs, such as checking for tuberculosis, diabetes and herpes B. If your primate falls ill, you would need the services of a veterinarian, who specializes in treating primates. And, this service does not come cheap. Sometimes, the vet may also recommend certain specialized treatments, which can work out to be extremely expensive. Your primate insurance will cover the cost of treating your monkey.

The-Bottom-Line

Primate insurance is just what you need to protect yourself and your pet. A liability insurance will protect you from financial disaster should your primate bite someone, while a primate insurance will help you take the best care of your monkey should it suffer from an illness or disease.

Remember, it is important to buy your primate insurance from a pet insurance provider, who understands the ins and outs of owning and looking after a non-human primate pet. This is easier said than done. That is why you should look closely at the Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program. This program understands the need for insuring a monkey and offers some of the best terms and conditions. You also can apply for a quote online, making it extremely convenient for primate owners.

It is important for a local community to have a proper urban animal management plan in place. However, with budget cuts, it has become more difficult for communities to sustain their urban animal management plans. This is where animal shelters come in. These shelters provide a roof to abandoned pets and try and find them new homes.

Animal-Shelters-and-Associations

Most animal shelters operate on donations and funding. Unfortunately, the way the economy is performing animal shelters are finding it hard to make ends meet. This means that these shelters either have shut shop or reduce the efforts they are putting into rescuing unwanted pets and finding homes for them. This is having a profound effect not just on the shelters, but also the communities they operate in.

Associations that work with animal shelters understand the daily needs and requirements of these shelters. As a result, they usually are on the same page and can prove to be extremely important for animal shelters. If you run an animal shelter, it is in your interest to become members of such associations.

Membership of associations that work with animal shelters ensures you have access to experts in the field of insurance, funding and adoption amongst others. You can tap on their knowledge and resources and make sure your shelter stays open and provides high level of care to animals. As a result, your animal shelter will be equipped to handle the overall wellbeing of the animals and also be in a position to properly handle and manage volunteer accidents or run adoption events.

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Your animal shelter must not disregard associations, especially those that work with insurance providers that offer insurance policies suited for animal shelters. Typically, when budget cuts are enforced, insurance is one of the first things to get the axe. However, you should realize that insurance for your animal shelter is not an expense. Rather, it is an investment and will help you in difficult-times. Without insurance, you will find the going tough and could also prove to be extremely costly for your shelter.

Associations also hold events, seminars and conferences and attending these would allow you to network and meet people who could in the long-run prove to be assets for your shelter.

An animal shelter will be lost without associations, especially when donations and funding reduce or disappear altogether. So, if you run an animal-shelter, do not disregard association-memberships.

Your shelter will truly benefit from it and will be able to do what it does  best- offer a safe haven to animals and pets and ensure the local community learns the importance of innovative pet management.

Zoonotic diseases, those that can be transferred from animals to humans, should always be kept in mind when working with animals.  Although there aren’t many of them, some can be life threatening if not recognized in time.

Perhaps the most feared zoonotic disease is rabies.  In animals the symptoms include changes in personality (ie a wild animal appears to want affection, or a domestic animal, usually very docile suddenly becomes aggressive), lack of fear, inability to swallow.  It is 100% fatal if not treated in time. If there is any question as to whether an animal you encountered was rabid, seek medical treatment immediately.

Most other zoonotic diseases are parasitic in nature.  These include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Worms – these intestinal parasites are transmitted through feces or contact with soil or other items that have come in contact with infected feces. There are several types of worms, including hookworms and roundworms that are common in both domestic and wild species.  All contact with fecal matter should be avoided.
  • Cryptosporidiosis – this is a parasite that lives in water.  It is most often contracted by exposure to water that has been soiled by fecal matter. The symptoms of a cryptosporidiosis include frequent bouts of watery diarrhea, stomach cramping and if untreated, life threatening dehydration
  • Lyme disease – although the organism that causes this disease is not a parasite, the means of transmission is. Lyme disease is carried by ticks that infect their host when they bite them. Symptoms of Lyme Disease in humans include fever, general malaise and a rash at the site of infection.  Sometimes the symptoms are minimal, but chronic, untreated Lyme Disease can lead to organ damage.
  • Toxoplasmosis – this disease is not parasitic. It is most often associated with the handling of cat litter, but the fact is that any warm blooded animal can carry it and the handling of raw meat has been known to transmit it.  In most cases of human infection the disease is almost asymptomatic, however, pregnant women need to be especially careful when handling animal feces as the disease can cause great damage to a developing fetus.

If you suspect you are suffering from an illness contracted through contact with animals be sure to inform your doctor when seeking treatment.  Zoonotic diseases may not be their first thought and being unaware may lead to misdiagnoses or delay in receiving proper treatment.

There are several easy ways for animal shelters to cut utility costs. Below we explore five such ways in the hope that you’ll reduce your bills while helping the environment.

1. Investing in fluorescent light bulbs will save your organization plenty of money. Although a fluorescent light bulb costs more money than a regular light bulb, it will save you on energy costs. Fluorescent light bulbs also last longer than traditional bulbs. Sometimes they will last an entire year. Instead of buying the regular fluorescent light bulbs, opt for the warm white style which will provide bright illumination. You can get by with one large warm white fluorescent light bulb instead of a bunch of small or medium sized bulbs. You’ll use twenty five percent less energy and obtain more light.

2. Warm and cold air escapes through windows, doorframes, cracks in walls and holes where pipes enter the home. Seal these areas with foam and caulk. These materials are inexpensive and can be found at any local hardware store

3. A building with a white roof will spend less on air conditioning. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Heat Island Group conducted a study in 1999 that proved that buildings in sunny climates with white rooftops used 40 percent less energy for cooling purposes compared to buildings with black rooftops. This represents a savings of hundreds of dollars per year. Painting a roof white is not an expensive or time consuming ordeal. Hardware stores carry affordable elastomeric paints that combine polymers that are waterproof and will last for years if not decades. Pick up this special paint, some heavy duty paint rollers and a couple paint roller frames.

4. You should change the filters on your air conditioning and heating systems at least once per year. If you wait a long time in between changes, your heating and cooling systems will collect dirt, dust and grime resulting in poor efficiency. This will cause an increase in electricity costs. If the filters collect enough dirt, they can even cause the heating and cooling systems to break down and cause a temporary or permanent malfunction.

5. Always double check your utility bills. Utility employees are fallible human beings. They are notorious for making mistakes when reading meters. These mistakes can be quite costly for you. Check your facility’s meter to make sure that your usage matches the amount on the bill.

Every animal shelter needs a little help sometimes, and successful adoption events can really raise awareness and money for your animal welfare organization.  But the keyword there is “successful”.  How do you take an event from average to extraordinary?

Here are some tips to help you along the way:

  • Decide on the Feeling.  Are you planning on having this adoption event in conjunction with a black-tie affair?  Will this be a casual day at the park?  Before you can proceed with the rest of the planning, you need to know what kind feeling you want your event to produce.
  • Find a Venue.  It’s not impossible to have adoption events without the animals present, but it’s certainly a lot easier to pull on potential adopters’ heartstrings when they can look into the eyes of those furry friends.  This can cause difficulty when it comes to finding a venue, however, as pets aren’t always as welcome as their human counterparts.  Sometimes venues will make concessions on their animal policies if you explain that you’re a nonprofit and let them know the purpose of the event.  If you’re having difficulty finding a venue, reach out to other organizations in your area that have similar causes for suggestions.  Often, they’ll be more helpful than not.
  • Get Help.  Adoption events can be huge undertakings, and you’ll probably be glad to get any extra hands that you can get.  Reach out to your donor base and your regular volunteers then spread the word via social media.  Often times you can find volunteers for one-time events that don’t otherwise have the time to volunteer on a regular basis.  Have a list of “occupations” on-hand before you ask for help, and as people start to offer themselves up, fill in that list so everybody has a concrete position and knows what they’re responsible for from the very beginning.
  • Have Your Event.  It’ll probably be a bit chaotic, but make sure you take a breath during your event to step back and smile and look at the magic you made happen!  Try to mingle and say hello as oftten as possible because donors and volunteers tend to respond well when they have a name and a handshake to put with the organization.

If you have other tips for planning successful adoption events, please share them with us in the comments section below or talk about it on our AWOIP Facebook page!

One of the key drivers for keeping the buildings of an animal rescue shelter in spick-and-spank condition is the health of the animals. An environment conducive to good animal health is a basic requirement for any shelter. Proper building maintenance is one way of ensuring your animals reside in habitable conditions. Here are some tips to help you jump-start your spring building maintenance.

Primary Enclosures – Check all primary enclosures for damage and repair immediately. Check for faulty latches, edges that are sharp, open spaces, and other flaws. If enclosures are not well-secured, then the likelihood of the animals being injured is highly possible. The animals could break free from their places of confinement if enclosures are defective. Kennels, runs, cages and pens are some primary enclosures that should be routinely checked and maintained.

Ventilation – Proper ventilation is essential for good animal health. The quality of the air in the animal rescue shelter directly impacts the health and well-being of the animals. Fresh, clean air is needed for the animals to strive well. Check your ventilation systems to ensure that they allow clean air to circulate while removing stale, unclean air.

HVAC – Dust and hair from animals can become trapped within the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The HVAC can distribute contaminants in the air which can cause ill-health and disease at the animal rescue shelter. Proper maintenance of the HVAC system is important since the quality of the air affects animal health.

These few preventative maintenance tips can alleviate many problems and safeguard the health of the residents at the animal rescue shelter.

Insurance can be one of the most expensive aspects of business from animal welfare organizations. Many go without the coverage they need because they are facing budget cuts or need the funding they do have for other needs, such as animal shelters for all their critters. The team members at AWOIP, LLC (Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program, LLC), are the go-to folks when it comes to securing insurance for animal shelters. Some types of insurance policies that they can offer are:

  • General Liability Insurance
  • Volunteer Accident & Health Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Commercial Property Insurance
  • Special Event/ Fundraiser Insurance

But to have insurance for the shelters your organization uses, you need to be able to afford those shelters. When funding and donations do not cover these expenses, there is another way you can get the money you need. Grants for animal shelters are abundant, if you know where to look and how to go about getting them.

Many big name environmental organizations and animal welfare groups offer grants and funding help for other smaller groups who are struggling to do the same work. You could look at any local groups that are doing a similar work and see if you could form a partnership with them. They can provide the help you need and offer a unique perspective and they might also be able to recommend places you can look for grants for animal shelters and people you can talk to get some more funding.

State and federal organizations offer grants for any number of things. Chances are you can find grants for animal shelters simply by looking online. You might also want to search based on the type of facility you are. Some grants for animal shelters are base don the type of animals you work with so you could possibly find a grant that fits you perfectly and not have a lot of other competition for the money.

Another option you have is to reach out to people whom you know support the work you are doing. Many well known actors, celebrities, and iconic individuals support animal welfare. It does not hurt to reach out to these individuals and see if they might be willing to help you with the funding you need. Grants for animal shelters can be found, it just takes a unique approach and new way of looking at it.

Insurance can be one of the most expensive aspects of business from animal welfare organizations. Many go without the coverage they need because they are facing budget cuts or need the funding they do have for other needs, such as animal shelters for all their critters. The team members at AWOIP, LLC (Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program, LLC), are the go-to folks when it comes to securing insurance for animal shelters. Some types of insurance policies that they can offer are:

  • General Liability Insurance
  • Volunteer Accident & Health Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Commercial Property Insurance
  • Special Event/ Fundraiser Insurance

But to have insurance for the shelters your organization uses, you need to be able to afford those shelters. When funding and donations do not cover these expenses, there is another way you can get the money you need. Grants for animal shelters are abundant, if you know where to look and how to go about getting them.

Many big name environmental organizations and animal welfare groups offer grants and funding help for other smaller groups who are struggling to do the same work. You could look at any local groups that are doing a similar work and see if you could form a partnership with them. They can provide the help you need and offer a unique perspective and they might also be able to recommend places you can look for grants for animal shelters and people you can talk to get some more funding.

State and federal organizations offer grants for any number of things. Chances are you can find grants for animal shelters simply by looking online. You might also want to search based on the type of facility you are. Some grants for animal shelters are base don the type of animals you work with so you could possibly find a grant that fits you perfectly and not have a lot of other competition for the money.

Another option you have is to reach out to people whom you know support the work you are doing. Many well known actors, celebrities, and iconic individuals support animal welfare. It does not hurt to reach out to these individuals and see if they might be willing to help you with the funding you need. Grants for animal shelters can be found, it just takes a unique approach and new way of looking at it.

Many organizations, such as animal welfare organizations, choose to host fundraisers as ways to raise money, as well as as awareness for a cause. None of this is possible however unless you can attract people to your event and bring them through the doors. One of the most essential parts of any successful fundraisers is promotion- this can be done in many ways. Strategic marketing well before the date of the event is the best way to increase attendance and awareness of your fundraiser and ensure success for the event overall.

5 Steps to Attract People to Your Fundraiser and Increase Attendance Rates:

  1. Utilize Social Media- Social media is a fantastic way to promote your event long before the day of the fundraiser. By creating unique hashtags you can get prospective audience members excited about the event and more likely to share the details of the fundraiser with their friends.
  2. Include Speakers That Attract Local and Non-Local Audiences- Fill your speaker roster with local and non-local speakers who are passionate about the cause and who are likely to bring in a crowd. Try to sign up reliable speakers who have a track record of showing up and speaking well in front of large crowds.
  3. Have a Theme- Most events that have themes, such as costume events, masquerade balls, etc. tend to attract higher numbers of people than events that lack any theme at all. Try to link your theme to your cause in some way and keep it fun. This will attract those passionate about what you are doing, but will also likely lead attendees to bring friends who otherwise might not come.
  4. Have Fun- Don’t just line your roster with speaker after speaker talking about why the cause is important. Even those passionate are prone to fall asleep or leave midway during this type of event. Include raffles, music, giveaways and more. Remember to keep the event fun and lively so that people are prone to stay the whole time.
  5. Utilize the Radio, TV, and Internet for Interviews Before the Event- Try to schedule as many interviews as possible before the event- especially the week or two right before the fundraiser is scheduled to occur. This is the best time to market your event via press releases, interviews, news articles and more. If anyone has any questions about the event, always be ready and willing to answer them.