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  • 1.  Adopt a Stuffed Pup!

    Posted 11-21-2022 03:02 PM
    Just wanted to share an idea we've been's a great way to market your rescue/shelter & also works as a fundraiser too.      We do a lot of public events (since we are a foster based rescue).     We do farmer's markets, etc. and we always get tons of children.   We are in south Louisiana and have a lot of large dogs (pittie mixes) & they can be too much for young children to handle.   So we started collecting gently used stuffed animals & one of my volunteers sews cute bandanas for them & attaches a name to them.  At all of our public events, kids in the community know they can come "adopt" a stuffed pup. I've attached some photos. We even give them an "adoption certificate".      It helps us get more community involvement/networking, as well as helps educate the children about adoption...also, we do it for any amount of donation.     Sometimes the kids are alone & they may only have $ but many times the parents are there & they donate generously.    Fundraising isn't the main idea, but it's nice as a bonus.          Just thought I'd share this in case anyone else wants to use this idea.       I'd be happy to share the form I created for the adoption certificate. 
    See photos. 
    Our display at adoption events.
    child with her new pup!
    Adoption Display for stuffed pups


    Cindy Shotwell
    Founder/Executive Director
    Must Luv Dogs Rescue
    a 501(c)3 non profit dog rescue
    PH: (225) 252-3029

  • 2.  RE: Adopt a Stuffed Pup!

    Posted 11-21-2022 04:21 PM
    Thank you for sharing this idea Cindy! I have been looking for a way to engage with children at our events and share some educational content with them. I think in addition to the adoption certificate Ill include How Kids Should Interact with Dogs, and How Kids Should Not Interact with Dogs from Dr. Sophia Yin. 
    Thank you again!

    Marcy Anagnostou
    Director of Development & Training Coordinator
    Warrior Dog Rescue