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National Pet Month: how you can support pet charities during the coronavirus outbreak

April 1, 2020

Pet charities and rescue centres, and the animals in their care, are among the many casualties of the coronavirus outbreak. The good news is that there are many ways you can support your favourite animal charity from the safety of your home, and National Pet Month (1 April – 10 May 2020) is the paw-fect time to do so. 

Host a virtual fundraising event

Since the lockdown, there’s been a rise in the number of people signing up to platforms such as Zoom and Houseparty, to connect with friends and family. Add to this a quiz, nominate your favourite charity, set an entry fee for participants and you’ve created a virtual fundraising event. You can join one of the fundraising events on Virtual Quiz Events or organise your own. 

Fancy showing off your pet’s prowess in a virtual pet show? Check out this virtual pet show,  organised by the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford Branch. For a small fee, anyone can enter a video or photograph of their pet into one of a number of fun categories, such as Most Bonkers Pet! Why not organise a virtual pet show to support your local animal charity. 

Visit a virtual charity shop

Shops on the high streets may be closed, but this doesn’t stop you browsing through your local charity shop. Many animal charities have an eBay charity shop where you can buy and sell items to support their cause. If you have a bag of clothes ready to go to a charity shop, why not sell them yourself on eBay. Then donate the earnings to charity. 

Donate while you shop online

Sign up to Easy Fundraising, choose your favourite charity and start online shopping. Easy Fundraising works with thousands of retailers, including some of the big household names, to support charities. Everytime you shop with one of the retailers, they make a small donation to the charity of your choice. 

You can also support your favourite charity when you use the online retailer Amazon. Nominate your favourite charity via their fundraising programme Amazon Smile. They will get a donation each time you make a purchase. 

Sponsor a pet

There will be hundreds of dogs waiting to be rehomed but can’t at present due to the measures in place to control the spread of coronavirus. However, you may be able to help by sponsoring a dog, thereby contributing towards the costs of their care. Visit the website of your favourite animal charity to find out how.

Make a donation

Many charities have launched emergency appeals to ask for donations during these challenging times. Visit their websites or social media pages to find out how you can donate. 

Other ways to support your favourite animal charity

Once the measures to control coronavirus are lifted, pet charities and rescue centres will be desperate to find new homes for the animals in their care. If you would like to adopt a rescue dog, you can start the application process for adopting a dog now.