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November 15, 2020

Fund-A-Paw: Spotlight on Pet Rescue Virtual Fundraisers

a puppy waits on a leash to the side of a stage. Stage lights, spotlight, and lighting truss can be seen.

More than 84 million households in the U.S. have pets and 80% consider those pets as members of the family. The AV Department team is no different. In fact, you’ll find pet photos on our desks and a dog bed in the office. It’s been a delight to help animal rescue organizations produce their virtual events this year. We spotlight four pet rescue virtual fundraisers hosted by groups based in Kansas, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.

Fur Ball 2020: Hawaii Fid-O

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
August 8, 2020
100% Virtual Livestream

The signature event for Colorado Springs-based Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region benefits 25,000+ homeless and abused animals HSPPR cares for each year. Fur Ball 2020: Hawaii Fid-O brought the tail-wagging good time online. Benefit Auctioneer Rich Schur and his delightful canine co-host Delilah emceed the event from their home studio in Colorado with production partners in Oregon.

Guests were encouraged to use the hashtag #FurBallHSPPR and share their Hawaii Five-O-themed at-home gala attire on social media.

  • Special Feature: The Pet Parade provided dozens of “awwws” and “ohhhhs”.

The online auction, hosted on GiveSmart, was open for 11 days, closing two days after the live event. HSPPR raised $327,000 of the $350,000 goal within a week of the event.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado and provides adoption options, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters, a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats, and other important services. Rated four stars by Charity Navigator, HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit that relies on donations from the community to fund its many humane programs.

Virtual Event Partners: Swaim Strategies, Schur Success Group, GiveSmart

Bow Meow 2020

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
October 15, 2020
100% Virtual Livestream

The 14th annual Bow Meow fundraiser went virtual this year with a live event and online auction to support Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, Kansas. Special auction items included taking over Prairie Paw’s Instagram account with your pet, and a virtual hangout with Broadway stars. Donations and auction bidding took place on the Greater Giving platform.

Bow Meow was hosted by Kansas City radio personality Brady Goodman and benefit auctioneer Trisha Brauer. During the Fund-A-Paw special appeal, each level of giving was associated with a specific need: $100 to cover a doggie dental; $600 donation to provide 100 microchips; $1,000 to support a year of fear-free behavior supplies; $5,000 to provide vaccines for 1,000 animals or provide gas for a year for pets to visit seniors in the community. Nearly $28,000 in cash donations were received, exceeding the event goal.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a private, no kill, 501(c)(3) non-profit shelter, founded more than 70 years ago. Staff and volunteers are dedicated to give aid and comfort to homeless shelter animals, provide adoptions, help reunite pets with owners by offering low cost microchipping, and educate the community about responsible pet ownership.

Virtual Event Partners: Taking Bids Fundraising, Greater Giving

A Tail to Remember: Auction for the Animals

West Columbia Gorge Humane Society
October 16, 2020
In-Studio Livestream

In moving their largest fundraiser online, West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) focused on sharing a day in the life of staff, volunteers, and animals. A Tail to Remember: Auction for the Animals featured a week long auction and a livestreamed event with special guest appearances.

Hosted in The AV Department studio by WCGHS Interim Executive Director Micki Simeone and Development Manager Peggy DiPrima, the event began with a special welcome message from Emmy-award-winning journalist Wayne Havrelly. A Tail to Remember generated more than $88,000 in cash donations and $28,000 from the online auction. Supporters contributed online and by text through Mobile Cause giving platform.

  • Special Feature: in-studio special appearances by three puppies, an older girl named Daisy, Puff and Puffy — two large, fluffy cats — and a litter of five adorable tiny kittens. All the sweet guests were available for adoption and naming opportunities were available for $1,500 donations. The puppies had just been transported to Washougal, Washington from shelters in Texas.

West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, established in 1994, is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal shelter located in Washougal, Washington. The mission of WCGHS is to end unnecessary euthanasia of all healthy or treatable companion animals in the community and find them permanent, loving homes.

Virtual Event Partner: Mobile Cause

Whisker Wonderland

Cat Adoption Team
November 13, 2020
In-Studio Livestream

Cat Adoption Team’s Whisker Wonderland was a fur-filled virtual gala co-hosted by Wesleigh Ogle, KATU News Anchor and Reporter, and Heather Svoboda, CAT Communications & Development Manager along with a team of adorable kittens — Fluke, Bailey, and Dory. The livestream audience learned how CAT partnered with the community during the pandemic to help even more homeless cats and kittens (and their humans) land on their feet. The AV Department media team had the pleasure of filming and editing the 2020 Special Appeal video which premiered during Whisker Wonderland.

Cat — and CAT — lovers watching the livestream were delighted with the wiggles and meows of the tiny kittens held by the hosts along with a cute stream of feline photos posted to #WhiskerWonderland2020. The event also included the premier of a musical piece composed specifically for Whisker Wonderland. Donations and raffle entries were hosted on GiveLively. Donations made during the event exceeded $75,000 — more than 17% more than the event fundraising goal!

  • Special Feature: Make Your Cat a Star Raffle. The creators of OwlKitty videos will make the lucky raffle winner’s cat a star in a famous movie or TV scene. Only two hundred $50 raffle tickets were sold.

Portland’s Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the largest cat shelter in the Pacific Northwest offering adoption, foster care, and veterinary services to homeless cats and kittens. CAT is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless felines and has made 50,000 adoptions possible since opening in 1998. Cats and kittens at CAT have access to enrichment activities, behavior modification, medical care, and a variety of housing options to meet their individual needs.

Virtual Event Partners: Swaim Strategies, GiveLively. Special Appeal Video Partner: Swaim Strategies.

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. It is a pleasure to help organizations dedicated to animal rescue and adoption raise essential funds to continue their work through virtual fundraisers.