|Barked: Fri Jan 9, '09 8:15am PST |
|Don't know if this would work for you or not, but we are also in a rural area and our shelter had a fundraiser that was pretty successful, even though I wasn't sure it would be. They had local artists paint ceramic outdoor statues of dogs and cats. The statues were displayed in a local parade/pet festival and then at local businesses throughout the summer. In the fall, they had a dinner/auction (which they also sold tickets for), where they auctioned off the statues. They made a lot of money, which surprised me as we live in a small community. I think the tourism board was also willing to help, as the statues helped bring visitors into the community while they were on display. You could pick up a map and try to find them all - it was a fun thing for kids to do.
I know in the past they've also had rubber duck races. You donate $10 for a duck, then they put all of the ducks in a creek or stream, and the first duck to cross the finish line downstream wins $100 or something like that. They bought some really cute ducks from Oriental Trading, so they weren't very expensive.
ETA: Pet photos with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, etc. are also pretty popular and not too difficult to do.
Edited by author Fri Jan 9, '09 8:27am PST
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