There are several things that are always in short supply at animal shelters – space, volunteers, time, and especially money. Animal shelters are always in need of monetary donations to support their operations, as many of them are non-profit. Giving is a gracious act, and if you are an animal lover then you may want to focus your efforts on various rescue organizations. There are many ways to raise money for animal shelters and now it has become easier and even more convenient to do it electronically using the internet. In “Letterman” fashion (saving the best item for last), the following is a list of my 5 favorite ways (that you can use also!) to raise money online for your favorite rescue organizations without ever leaving the comfort of your easy chair!5. Credit Cards, Banks & Bill-Pay — check with your credit card company to see if they allow you to donate a certain percentage to a shelter whenever you use your card. Some banks also allow this with their debit cards and some may even donate a certain dollar amount just for opening an account. As another example, my cell phone provider, CREDO, allows me to round-up my monthly bill to the nearest $1, $5, or $10 and designate which animal charities I want to receive the added donation.
4. Workplace Deductions — depending on where you work, you can donate through your employer to your area’s United Way Combined Federal Campaign, which runs from September to December every year. Alongside familiar charities such as March of Dimes or the American Cancer Society, local animal shelters are now able to receive contributions electronically through an assigned designation number. The simplest way is to donate a recurring amount per paycheck or you can donate in one lump sum. By designating a small amount per paycheck through my employer, I can now afford to donate a larger amount over the course of a year!3. Charity Websites — these are websites that help you raise money for your favorite cause by allowing you to set up your own personal fund-raising web page to publicize and receive contributions online from others (basically an electronic version of the donation sign-up sheet). The advantage of sites such as First Giving and Just Giving is the ability for both individuals and non-profits alike to post their web page links to reach a large number of people on most of the popular social websites such as Twitter and Face Book. Then there are the “click-to-give” sites that I visit every day like The Animal Rescue Site and Free Kibble Kat. For every click received, these sites donate a certain amount of pet food to participating animal shelters. In addition, at The Animal Rescue Site you can vote daily for your favorite local shelters, qualifying them to receive grants starting at $1,000 if they receive the most votes!2. Online Auction Websites — in the old days, instead of emptying your garage or basement and taking all the stuff to the dump, you would have a good old-fashioned garage sale or yard sale and donate the proceeds to your favorite shelter. These days the electronic version of the garage sale is to sell your stuff on eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon. The convenience here is that many shelters also have an online donation link which not only accepts credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, but also PayPal which enables you to both receive your proceeds from the auction website and send your donations electronically to the shelter website without ever having to touch one red cent!1. Internet Marketing — this is my personal favorite method to raise money for animal shelters simply because it gives me the ability to raise a larger amount of money not just once, but every month thereafter on a residual basis. I have 10 rescued cats at home and have fostered over 30 kittens so I know first-hand that the costs incurred to care for these animals can be overwhelming. For that very reason I also wanted to be able to give as generously as possible to many of my favorite rescue organizations facing the same financial strain. So I searched the internet for ways to make money online, make money online fast, and especially make money free. There are no shortage of websites produced by searching those keywords. The important thing is to examine each program very closely and then choose carefully. Ideally, try to choose a program that does NOT ask for money up front for membership, such as Wealth Creations Network and Fast Free Online Business. Also, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is so don’t join sites that claim to make you a millionaire in only a few days. The greatest advantage to internet marketing for raising money for animal rescue is that joining is not limited to only rescuers individually, but shelters can benefit by having their entire staff join as a group. Imagine how quickly that extra monthly income could add up for you and your favorite rescue organization! The animals are relying on us, so what are you waiting for?