HOW PET-RELATED ITEMS (NEW AND USED) CAN HELP RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS
As pet parents, we accumulate, tons of pet-related items that we purchase, or have been given, throughout the year. Especially, at birthdays and Christmas. It is after all, mostly about our beloved companions (of the furry variety)! I have items that still have tags on them and books on my shelf that I have not even read yet. Some I will get around too, other, thoughtful gifts may be of more interest to someone else. In most cases, I will donate blankets, beds, collars, etc. directly to a local rescue. Other times, (and until I win the lottery and money is not a concern), it is nice to know the following is an option and an opportunity to recoup some of those expenses.
Auction4Pet Supplies is a membership site where you can find anything from collars to crates and a portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to Rescue Organizations.
The face of this wonderful site is Layla, a rescue dog. Layla and her person Ruth are the fabulous, founders of Auction4PetSupplies, helping to raise funds for rescue organizations.
I had been through a lot with my dog before Layla who passed away from IMHA (Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) at the age of 6, just as we finally had a home of our own. I feel she left me knowing I was safe and it was time to give a new dog a home.
After three months of Baby’s passing, I started searching for a new li’l one. I could not find a fluffy in San Francisco, at the time. A friend of mine told me one day that he was going to L.A. for 5 days, and had a friend that did rescues and if I saw one online on Pet Harbor or Pet Finder she would pull her, and my friend would bring her home to me. I sat for five days, nearly 24/7 looking until I saw Layla in the cage at the Carson Shelter. I told the woman I wanted this dog, so they went to meet her on Saturday afternoon, called me from the shelter and told me this dirty, smelly mess was licking them. I said that is all I need to know; bring her home. Twenty-four hours later she arrived in San Francisco. I called her Layla which is Hebrew for Night as she is black and arrived at night.
Why we decided to do the auction site: Over the years I’ve been watching the rescue organizations do auctions on Facebook, and noticed how hard it was to organize it. They would have to start a new page each time for each auction. Listing the pictures adds to the difficulty, so to give back to the Rescues I set up the site so that they could use our website to hold auctions for free. By doing so, I can help with the marketing and its a wider audience.
We also did it so that pet people who have pet related items lying around their house could auction them off; it is free to list but if there is a sale they pay 2 dollars to the website, the money being shared afterward with a rescue. It is also an outlet for people who do not want to have a website but make pet related items. Everyone benefits.
The Mission of the site is to help struggling Rescue Organizations. Each month, a percentage of the income from the site donated to the Rescue Organization of Layla’s choosing (done on a rotational basis).
Ruth explains that after many months of watching Rescue Organizations requesting financial assistance from members on Facebook, and watching Facebook control the Rescue Organization and other pages, we decided to put together this website from which everyone will benefit.
How does Layla choose which organizations to support?
Rescue organizations provide information regarding programs they believe to be worthy of funding, and if deemed viable by Layla and her person Ruth, support is given. Also, Rescue Organizations interested in a venue to ‘appeal to the public,’ are invited to contact Layla and Ruth, and they will accommodate where possible.
Do you have pet items lying in your house? Are you a small business that makes pet items? This is an opportunity to auction the items on our site. A fee of US $2.00 will be deducted from each sale on auction and each month we will choose a Rescue Organization to receive a donation from us.
Rescue Organizations will also have that option to utilize our site for
doing auctions. If you are using this site on behalf of a 501(c)(3) rescue
organization and would like to have your sales items highlighted at no extra charge, please send a copy of your IRS determination letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items from and for almost all species are welcome including cats, dogs, ferrets, fish, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and reptiles.
Types of items available:
Aquariums and Accessories
Bedding (mice, rabbits, etc.)
Animal themed jewelry for humans
All you have to do is become a member and list items for sale or fill your shopping cart! Everyone wins.
NO SALE OF ANIMALS, OF ANY KIND, WILL BE PERMITTED ON THIS SITE!
Seriously, how ADORABLE are these dog items?!?!
In my head, I’m saying ‘I want that, and that, OHHHHHH and Reese would look DARLING in that’!
Don’t miss out on Boxing Day shopping – for the best cause!
Happy Holidays to you and yours,