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SoulPup Solutions to Pay it Forward for Pets: Week 7 — Raise Money for Your Favorite Rescue
Most pet rescue organizations rely on donations to stay afloat. Those much-needed funds cover expenses such as food, veterinary care and vaccinations for pets pulled from local shelters. There are plenty of ways to help nonprofits without writing a check. (Check out my tips.) But did you know that several companies also believe in paying it forward for pets?
Take an hour one weekend and make an appeal on behalf of your favorite nonprofit. Here are three charitable programs to consider.
1. Dog is Good Gives Back
Pet lifestyle expert Kristen Levine told me about a fun pet apparel company called Dog is Good. I instantly fell for their fun message tees, particularly the T-shirt that says, “It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone.” In addition to making cheeky tees, the company donates cash and goods to pet organizations throughout the year.
To be considered, you must provide the following info via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Name of the charity and proof of 501(c)3 status
- URL of the organization
- Deadline for delivery
- Your name, phone number, email and mailing address
More info is available on the company website.
2. Natural Balance
People with itchy pets know Natural Balance for its line of Limited Ingredient Diet kibble made with sweet potato and fish or chicken. Rose parade fans may recognize the company’s mascot, Tillman, the skateboarding bulldog. But Natural Balance also believes in paying it forward through its Charity Rebate Program. Fill out the form and your favorite nonprofit will get a check for every 50 UPC codes and receipts you submit. Rebates range from 50 cents to $2 per item so make it a neighborhood project. Check the NB website for details.
3. West Paw
Each month, West Paw Design donates products from its addictive line of fun pet toys (hello, Tizzi!) to worthy organizations. Fill out their online form with information about an upcoming event and you could get some cool toys to sell as part of a raffle. West Paw also donates factory seconds to Humane Societies so that homeless pets have fun toys. If you have an event coming up, try to submit your request as early as possible.
- Feel free to share other organizations that pay it forward.