Animal charities play a vital part in society but are often one of the lowest funded NPOS’s. The truth is, not all people see the importance of animal welfare, till they need help themselves.
For an animal charity to be well run and the animals in their care to receive a well-balanced care plan is a costly exercise. In a heart-warming endeavour to advocate for the well-being of our four-legged companions, Dogtown SA, a prominent animal shelter and advocacy organisation in South Africa, shines a spotlight on the indispensable significance of donating to animal shelters. With a mission to provide care, shelter, and rehabilitation to rescue dogs, Dogtown SA underscores the profound impact of contributions in sustaining their life-changing efforts.
In a bid to help raise more money for shelters around the country, Tracy McQuarrie, founder of Dogtown SA, shares seven reasons why donating to animal charities is vital for society.
Donations help prevent the suffering of abandoned animals and gives those abandoned animals a second chance at life.
In South Africa, where only a small percentage of the population and large corporates invest in animal welfare, donations become essential for their survival. Most animal charities have charity shops that help them raise funds. So stuff you’ve got lying around the house that really are just gathering dust but are in good condition could basically be the hope an abandoned dog needs.
In a bid to raise much-needed funds for DogtownSA, the shelter has launched their new BarkingLot monthly lottery to help animal rescue groups around the country. By donating R20 for each ticket, donors stand to win up to R10,000 cash as well as a R10,000 dog food for their favourite animal charity. The tickets are limited and are available at https://dogtownsa.org/shopping/barkinglot/. Every ticket feeds a dog in need.
In difficult times, such as during economic downturns or health crises, the need for animal welfare support can escalate. Animals may face more abandonment, neglect, or suffering. Donations can directly impact the organisation’s ability to respond effectively to these heightened needs. During economic turmoil animal health concerns also increase and it is often the animal charities who take on the responsibility to help their communities with animal care, vaccinations and sterilisation projects.
Donations support education programs that teach responsible pet ownership, including proper care, training, and the importance of spaying/neutering. Education reduces the suffering of animals.
Corporates investing in animal welfare send a powerful message. This act can encourage other businesses to consider their social responsibility towards animals and inspire them to contribute more to animal welfare. Animal lovers are a strong group that often passionately support corporates that help animal welfare groups.
More and more young people today shop with a purpose. They want more than a good deal. They want their money to go towards helping their favourite charities. With more and more young people choosing to have pets, the market for companies to show their support for animal charities can have a great upturn in business. Animals are so important to our human world from companionship to life saving endeavours.