We do all kinds of things to raise money. We have a large pool of volunteers to pull from , so we can have different people do different things that they are interested in. I'll give you some ideas here, I am not sure how they would fly in your one woman operation. In no particular order:
- grants. We get money from companies and foundations to do spay/neuter, capital expenses (pens, cages, etc.), vet bills, etc. The process for getting these is quite involved and requires knowing how to find the grants, fil out the applications, and do the grant followups (telling the people how their money was spent).
- vets. We get a certain number of free spay/neuter from different vets each year. In return we refer these hospitals to adopters.
- cash donations. Since we are a registered charity, we can get money directly from contributors via Pay Pal and with checks.
- pet sitting. Foster families do bunny sitting for people (particularly in the summer and around Christmas) and the money they get goes to The Haven's bunnies.
- shelter foundations - many of the shelters around here have a charity that is assiciated with the shelter that raises money for the animals. These foundations also provide spay/neuter and health care for rescues. Here are a couple of examples:
Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter fowas.org/
Friends of the Fairmont Animal Shelter www.fofas.org/
- product sales - We buy wholesale from Busy Bunny, For Other Living Things, etc. and resell the product.
- home made product sale - Volunteers make bunny biscuits, popsicle stick toys, hay rings, etc. and package them up with commercial toys and treats to make gift bags. We then sell the bags.
- nail trims/grooming - We provide this as a free service, but most people make a donation after we do it.
- garage/yard sale - We take in donated things and have a yearly garage sale