Many Animal shelters are hurting for funds in these economic times. With the economy being poor, many individuals are giving up their pets and less pets are being adopted.
One way to help raise money for shelters, is to have a Doggie Easter Egg Hunt or a Scavenger Hunt. Setting one up is very simple and can be a lot of fun for dogs and their owners.
First, decide what type of hunt it will be. Recently, an Animal Shelter had one for Easter Eggs. However, as the weather turns nice, it is very easy to have a scavenger hunt, too. You can be as creative as you want. Using plastic eggs or small boxes, put treats or paper slips that signify gifts into them.
Select a park or area that is spacious enough for dog handlers. Since the dogs will be on leashes, you can do this at a city park or even a state park. Just check with the Park manager ahead of time and get the event cleared. Since it is for an Animal Shelter, they probably wouldn’t charge your group.
Unlike children, you don’t need age groups. This way, you can use the entire area. There is no limit on the space used. You don’t have to mark off the area.
In the eggs or small boxes, you can put doggie treats or gifts. You could give away, pet grooming certificates, Vet visits, larger bags of treats, new leashes and collars, movie passes, and other gifts. You might even consider putting in coupons from local grocers for animal food.
A few hours before the hunt, have your group set out the eggs or boxes. Make sure you map out where each egg or gift box is located.
Since you are raising funds for the Animal Shelter, set a fair price admission fee. Location and area will usually dictate this. If you are in a low economic area, charge five dollars. If you are in a well to do area of the community, charge ten or twenty dollars. This might seem a bit high. However, when people know that it is to help keep the Animal Shelter afloat, they won’t mind as much.
Make sure that you advertise well in advance. You can use fliers, local radio, support groups, newspapers, and even the Internet and television.
The hardest thing to do might be collecting the entry fee. You could sell tickets in advance or you could charge as they enter the park area.
Just like a children’s Easter Egg Hunt, have a megaphone and a countdown to the start. Dogs and their handlers both hunt. When a dog finds an egg or box, the handler picks it up. They work both together.
You could make this an annual event to help raise money for your Animal Shelter.