Get an idea - animal welfare organisations

You work in a busy environment and might not have time to dedicate to organising an activity.

Why not ask your community to get involved in the planning process? Many retired, part-time or non-working supporters would relish the chance to make a difference by joining a voluntary events team!

  • Have you built new kennels or other facilities during the year? If so, use World Animal Day to conduct an official grand opening ceremony. You could also ask the public to sponsor a kennel.
  • Organise an open day, and combine this with launching a sponsorship or adoption scheme. Provide refreshments and arrange simple entertainment such as face-painting for children, or invite a local band to show off their skills (a good distance away from the animals, of course).
  • Are your premises in need of redecoration? Invite a group of local schoolchildren to paint a bright and cheerful animal mural on a bare wall. This is guaranteed to raise media attention – perhaps invite them to take ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. Alternatively, you could turn this into a fundraising venture by asking individuals for a donation in return for decorating a section of a wall in a design of their choice.
  • If you are involved in rehoming animals, have a reunion party where the new owners can bring their animals (if appropriate), and find out about your current projects, and how they can support you.
  • Are you planning to launch any publications during the year, perhaps a cruelty-free shopping guide or a humane education programme? If so, use World Animal Day to launch the publication.
  • Find out if you can hire a local park, leisure centre, library or shopping centre for fundraising activities or for an exhibition about your organisation’s work.
    Invite your local schools/colleges and youth groups to join you in celebrating World Animal Day. For example, you could arrange an art or a photography contest and host an exhibition of the entries.
  • Organise a fundraising auction. Request items from local retailers, supporters and manufacturers – remember to acknowledge the donors of the items at the event.
  • Liaise with a local supermarket and have a collection point beyond the checkout for tins and packets of dog and cat food, and suitable toys. A special display with a ‘wish list’ of items could be placed in the pet section of the shop to let shoppers know which items to buy. Make sure that you include your list on your website and social media pages.
  • Raise valuable funds with a sponsored dog-walk.
  • If yours is a campaigning organisation, use World Animal Day to launch a particular awareness campaign.
  • Contact a local school, club or similar organisation and offer to give an illustrated presentation about your work.
  • If you’re in need of additional helpers or specific skills, try adding any opportunities to our volunteer page.
  • Ask all of your colleagues and supporters to sign the World Animal Day pledge board and make a personal promise for the animals!
  • Also see: ‘Other ways to participate in World Animal Day’ – if you’re online, there are several quick ideas for spreading awareness via social media.

If you have any other ideas, please let us know and we’ll consider including them on this page! Just email info@worldanimalday.org.uk with your suggestions!

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