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

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’d donate to the local shelter.  I feel your money will go a lot further there, just because they have immediate need for food, beds and medical care.  I think donating to either one is a really sweet idea!

Post # 5
420 posts
Helper bee

That’s what we are going to do.. I know that they really could use the money appropriately, and it’s helping out MY community.

Post # 6
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Great responses so far, and I second them.

I’m always in favor of supporting a local charity than a national one.  Local charities usually have far fewer overhead costs, which means that your money is more often than not going to actually support the mission — and not some CEO’s overinflated salary.

Good for you for being charitable!

Post # 7
216 posts
Helper bee

Great decision! We are also doing the same. And I agree local is better…

Post # 8
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is exactly what we’re doing.  We’re planning on writing “THANK YOU” on a piece of thick paper (or left over cardboard painted white) and then lean it against our dog and take 100 pictures until we get a cute one.

Then on our table we’ll have a piece of paper saying “In lieu of favors.. blah de blah. Donation to Shelter.  We got our dog there, now your money is going to make someone else as happy as our dog has made us” (something better, clearly I haven’t thought about this language).  And then underneath have the picture of our dog with her thank you sign.

I think it’ll be cute…. Hopefully our guests will too.

Post # 9
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Whoops, sorry, think I posted this in the wrong thread, so I’m re-posting: 

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. 

And hey, just noticed you’re in IL… so if you ever need a cat… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 10
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with other posters. I worked in a local animal shelter, and they don’t necessarily get money from national groups (like the ASPCA or the HSUS). This is even true if the names are similar (e.g. “local-name SPCA” or “Humane Society of Your Local Area”). Despite the names often being similar, it isn’t a system in which there is a whole network of groups all overseen by a national group of the same name. That isn’t to say thatthe national groups are bad- a lot of their money goes into lobbying, which can be very useful. Its just that your local shelter probably needs the money for direct care of your local animals- and they might not get this money if you donate to the larger organization.

Post # 11
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would also reccomend a local shelter.  I work in an SPCA and people always say “oh we dontate to ya’ll all the time, the ASPCA is such a good orgainization” and I always have to explain that we don’t get any money from the ASPCA.  The ASPCA is a “national” organization but it is based in NY so the money mostly helps animals in NY. Funding and advertising for them HELPS our shelter indirectly, but the best way to support animals in your community is to go with a local shelter.

It costs my shelter $50 a month to care for 1 dog, with a shelter capacity of about 24 dogs (and 20 cats) it all adds up pretty quickly.  So every little bit helps!  Great idea for favors though!

Post # 12
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We donated to the MSPCA (Massachusetts) in lieu of favors.  Well, actually it was in addition to our favors, which were dog and cat shaped cookie cutters with a note attached and some jordon almonds.  We also had “doggie favors”…we had a basket of dog treats with a picture of our three dogs.  The sign said “Our Mommy and Daddy got married!  Please bring treats home to our friends!”  We happen to know a ton of people who have dogs, so this was a big hit!  We had leftover candy from the candy buffet, but not a single leftover dog treat!

Post # 13
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Okay, so I posted a comment in your other thread, but I’ll add my other 2 cents here too.  Like some of the other posters mentioned, your local humane societies and such are in more dyer need of donations than something as large as the ASPCA.  not that they couldn’t use donations like your local ones do, but my thinking is, is that they are so large and nation wide that they get tons of donations.  Not to mention, because they have celebrities sponsoring them, I can’t help think that some of the donations contribute to paying that out…not to mention all the advertisement tht they do.  I think your local shops would get more bang out of your buck.

Post # 14
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

what a sweet idea!

i say go with a local shelter, im sure they could use the support!

Post # 15
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

We donated to the local shelter, and had business cards at every place setting with a picture of one of the adoptable animals from that shelter on one side and a message on the other saying we had donated to that shelter in their honor.

Post # 16
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That is SUCH  a cute idea Sapphire!

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