(Closed) Donation in lieu of favors… Where to? ASPCA or local shelter?

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My SO and I are doing the same thing, however we aren’t doing them as “favors”.  We are asking our guests instead of sending us gifts to make a donation out to our local humane society.  Enclosed in their invites will be coupons for different denominations.  When they send back their RSVP’s they’ll send back the amnt that they will be donating to them.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

What a great alternative to standard favors.  We are also going with this route.  I think both organizations are wonderful choices and you can’t really go wrong with either.  You could donate half to each!  We are trying to decide between the Humane Society of the US or our local animal no-kill shelter as well.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Also you may want to look into this if this is the route you will be going

EVen though we have yet to be engaged, I still had a discussion with my work….and my direct supervisor told me that most likely they will equally match the amount of donations I bring in, which I thought was totally awesome of them to do that!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree that you can’t go wrong with either – both are wonderful organizations, but I’m always partial to giving to local organizations whenever possible. If you want to keep it more “DIY”, instead of just writing a check, you could go shopping for the pets and buy food, toys, chews, treats, medicine, etc. in whatever amount you intended to give.

Our cat is from the shelter, so I totally get your change of heart, and desire to give! Shopping for food and nomie treats to give to pets waiting for their forever homes is fun too πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think this is a beautiful idea, and trust that it’s going to save the life of more than just one pet!  

Which you pick depends on a number of factors, I think.  Of course no local shelter has a glut of money, but some are doing ay-okay while many others (most) are struggling by and are constantly forced to raise funds for their deteriorating spaces, building additions so they no longer have to house multiple animals in the same tiny runs, or just simply basic necessities like food and medicine.  If your shelter is one of the lucky few which is fairly well-funded, then you might consider donating to the ASPCA (they even already have a page for wedding donations) http://www.aspca.org/ambassadors/wedding.html .  The ASPCA has LOTS of donors, but of course their work is invaluable and their funding is not nearly enough to cover the costs of fighting animal abuse in a country with a tremendous pet overpopulation issue, and that so frequently neglects and exploits all varieties animals.  Alternatively, you could search out a shelter in need.  Many animal shelters, in the rural south especially it seems, have particularly terrible conditions in their shelters because of total lack of funds. They still have gas chambers to euthanize their pets, for example, and they take in so many animals that in many places the pets only get a day to live after intake.  If they’re not adopted, they’re sent to a gas chamber, which is an especially painful form of death.  It would be super-sweet to donate funds to one of these shelters, or perhaps a no-kill shelter in the same area which is doing its best to keep up with an overflowing shelter.

In any event, this is a great idea, and whichever path you choose will definitely greatly improve the lives of animals!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Great choices! I put my vote towards local though. Those shelters are facing rough times with the rough economy as well and they don’t always get a lot of financial help. ASCPA is a WONDERFUL organization and I love love love them, but they already have a ton of better resources and facilities compared to a local shelter (I know this from experience- hubby works at a local non profit animal shelter and we had a tour of the ASPCA’s main facility- very state of the art as far as shelters go. the floors are even heated!). Either way though, you can’t go wrong!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I would vote for a local shelter (that abides by the practices you believe in).  The ASPCA is an amazing organization, but I also think that they are pretty good about soliciting donations.  Local shelters don’t have the advertising and celebrity backing that the ASCPA does, and probably need the money more.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Please please please look into a local shelter! I have no qualms with the ASPCA, but having worked with Future Sister-In-Law & Future Brother-In-Law to further their cat rescue, I have to tell you that it is much easier for the big guys with their advertising budgets to get donations than the small places. 

For example, Future Brother-In-Law & Future Sister-In-Law have taken in about 50 cats since May. They’ve adopted out maybe 20 since the economy is so terrible right now. They have spent 1,000s of dollars of their own money on vet bills, cat food, cat litter, vaccines, etc. Obviously it’s their choice and they do it because they love it, but all their fundraising has come through small places – rummage sales and adoption events, mostly. It would make a huge difference to a rescue like theirs to receive even a $200 donation. Same with the horse rescue I board at… they do it because they love it, and they lose money on it. Both are 501c3s, but that only helps so much. 

Either way, it’s a great thing to do. But I know there are many small rescues and shelters that it could make a huge difference to. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

PS: I see you’re in Illinois… if you ever need a cat…. πŸ˜‰ 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We were debating that too, so we ended up doing both, small snack favors and a donation.  Only we chose Operation Baghdad Pups since it helps both animals and the troops:  http://www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.html

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just saw this thread and was thinking about doing the same thing for my favors. Lemondrop, I LOVE that organization, thanks for posting that (even though I’m late seeing it). They aren’t an organization that immediately comes to mind, but I’m glad you brought it up because that is an awesome way to support the military (which is big in my family) and animals (which are also big in my family). Great idea!! πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Phew, trying not to cry here. I think the shelter as well. All I have to think about is the image of a few kitties sitting in their litter pan to stay warm.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oh and in response to the original ?, I think in most cases a local shelter could benefit the most. However, if you live in an affluent area or the nearest shelter is a lucky one, as veganglam said, I would choose the ASPCA. Of the “big” orgs, they are the only ones I feel are honest about what they are representative of. I do not trust HSUS or PETA, for various idealogical reasons, but also because they have been known to raise money in the name of X and spend it on Y.

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