According to multiple sources in recent years, over 50% of American households have pets. So, it should come as no surprise that there are many owners of beloved furry friends, and many more who are generally intrigued by puppies. National Dog Day is a great opportunity for event planners to seize that love and return it in generous and selfless ways. Dog-related events are always a hit.
In the world of events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate dogs—whether you want to encourage dog-adoption or help give back to rescue groups—various methods come to mind. Of course, the most prevalent and pressing idea would be animal rescue events. When it comes to animal rescue events, interaction and engagement are key, but it’s also crucial to have an animal rescue marketing plan. Be sure you’re advertising your event in the right places, aiming to potential attendees who have already expressed interest. For example, New York City has an alliance with the mayor, which advertises events for animal rescue. Look into postings and discussion boards in your local area to find dogs who need homes. Another option for those looking to help with animal rescue but unable to commit to a full-time household pet would be fostering dogs. There are a variety of organizations that provide short-term homes for pets until they can have long term arrangements made.
However, while many love dogs, not everyone can commit to becoming a full-time life partner to one, and in event planning, you may want to take your dog-centric event in another direction. Donation-based events for animal shelters and promotion of nonprofit organizations can be extremely resourceful as well. If you’re already in the process of planning an event, but can’t quite organize the logistics of bringing dogs into a gala, most local animal shelters and nonprofit organizations will take donations.
If you’ve already organized fundraising and monetary donations, reach out to local shelters and ask what they need most. Some animal shelters will even help large groups workshop, or engage in hands-on activities, like making dog toys or treats. For example, Pillows for Paws is an organization that helps to bring comforting items to New York City’s sheltered animals. If you’re looking to find a way to inspire your community to give back, dog-related activities are quite the hit. At the end of the day, any kind of support and help you can provide to an animal in need is better than none at all.
Below is a list of a few of the many top animal charity organizations, but do not hesitate to look for local organizations in your area, too:
- SPCA International
- The Humane Society
- Fund for Animals
- Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary
- Foster Dogs Incorporated
- Bald is Beautiful
- Big Dog Ranch Rescue
- Best Friends: Save Them All
- Dogs Without Borders
- Fences for Fido
- Homeward Bound Dog Rescue
- Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
- Warrior Canine Connection
- Wags and Walks