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Christmas Pet Charity Appeals

Christmas is an important time for pet charities to raise income through branded merchandise, membership subscriptions sold as gifts, donations and the many millions of Christmas cards the public buy from trading outlets.

Christmas scene with two pet dogs sitting on chair

The larger pet charities invest time in growing ranges of exclusive products, quality online shopping websites and search engine optimisation to get their websites noticed online.

Charitable Christmas cards were first commercially introduced during the Christmas of 1949. Since then they have formed an important part of the UK public’s Christmas spending habit raising an income to charities of around 50 million according to The Greeting Cards Association. Whilst the commissions they receive from traders can vary from shockingly as low as 3% of sales, the visual awareness and branding cannot be under estimated for the pet charities profiles. Even with the astonishing growth of the internet reducing how many cards we all buy each year and post, online e-cards can be alternative such as numerous personalised charity cards who operate all year round.

Jack Russell pet dog by a Christmas tree and presents

Pet And Animal Charities

There are many animal charities including the not-for-profit UK registered organisations, which pet owners have relied upon since 1824; Queen Victoria granted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Royal status 1840, now known as the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals.
Numerous feature in the yearly top 1,000 UK charitable earners where income is generated from legacies left in wills, income earned and increasingly donations provided by charitable trusts.

Top Earning UK Pet Charities

A selection of the larger pet charities earners includes The Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals RSPCA, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, RSPB, The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, PDSADogs Trust, The Guide Dogs for the Blind AssociationCats Protection, The Donkey SanctuaryBlue CrossNational Animal Welfare TrustBattersea Dogs Home.

Autumn and Winter Bring Hardships

If you’ve recently bought a new warm duvet for your bed, recycle the old one to your local pet charity shop or pet shelter. Charities are grateful for all clean old bedding and textiles helping them to cope with the constant influx of pets they receive at centres and the funding through sales at their charity shops. Pets feel the cold during autumn and winter just as humans and need some extra blankets whilst waiting to be rehomed at the centres. Your donation can help a pet.

Smaller Pet Charities That Need Your Help

Street Vet founded in 2016 to aid the growing number of dogs on the street with their homeless owners. The homeless have such a bond with their pets but cannot afford expensive veterinary care when it is needed. StreetVet charity provides care with vets and nurses working with some outreach centres across the UK weekly. The cases number most dogs, some cats and a rabbit. 

Working out of Battersea Dogs Home, veterinary staff donate their time across the UK to help those in need. Vets vaccinate, microchip, treat for lungworm and fleas, performed surgeries.

Street Paws provide free accessible veterinary care and emergency kennel space to animals living with homeless people in the UK.

Many hostels that help the homeless do not accept dogs, but your fundraising can assist them in building and hosting kennel space to allow dogs to get a safe good night’s sleep. It will also assist in any veterinary care needed to dogs living on the streets.  

Pets As Therapy are a national charity helping to provide trusted volunteers and animals visiting hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, care homes, schools, and other sites well-known that pets enhance health and wellbeing. 

War Paws helps those dogs and animals caught up in countries suffering from wars, rescue and rehome dogs, and help and support soldiers and contractors in war zone countries. Read their mission.

How Pet Charities Help The Public

Pet Shelters Numerous national and local charities run animal shelters up and down the country. They provide much-needed support to pets and wild animals in the UK. Your local shelter is easy to find by simple online searches, “pet shelter near me,” “animal shelter volunteer.” They rely heavily on the generosity of donated time in helping to keep these services running. 

Gift Aid The government introduced the Gift Aid scheme, 1990, which can boost donations by up to 25% for the charity. It allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means donations made will be worth 25% more at no cost to you or the charity. Higher tax payers effectively can gain more relief.
Charities require a simple form to be completed. Unfortunately, this applies to individuals and not through company accounts. Most charities will have details on their websites. 

Pet Charity Lotteries
Lotteries are big income-earning businesses for pet charities, large and small, up and down the country. Jackpots are manageable, generally paid weekly, and the process easy to set-up under the Gambling Commission guidelines. Larger charities are licensed by the Gambling Commission under the Gambling Act 2005.

Sponsoring Animals Some charities such as the Cats Protection League offer the public opportunities to sponsor cats being a source of publicity and charitable income and provide the public with an alternative where they can feel part of the organisation by receiving dedicated newsletters, special photos and visit invitations.

Charity Shops Charity shops are an important part of the pet charities donation income. The public generously donates unwanted, good condition clothing, pet items and homewares which can be resold in their charity owned shops located all over the UK. Charities greatly rely upon volunteers to help man their shops. The PDSA has more than 120 shops nationwide. Most charities have store locator details on their websites.  

The Battersea Dogs and Cat Home tirelessly saving dogs and cats lives and rehome them in London. Nearly 8,000 dogs found new homes last year where owners had lost or failed to be able to keep their dogs offering a quality of life. Many of our animal charities work tirelessly trying to resolve these community problems caused by poorly treated animals and need funding to carry on their work. The government have provided the public with laws, rules and guidelines for animal and pet welfare but the charities ‘pick up the pieces’ when things go wrong.

Puppy Farms  Lucy’s Law, 6 April 2020, is new legislation cracking down on puppy-farms requiring animals to be born and reared in a safe environment, kept by Licensed dog breeders, where puppies interact with their mother and to be sold from their place of birth came into force.
Businesses selling puppies and kittens without a licence, could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months.

Breeds v Rescue Centre Strays  When choosing a healthy pedigree puppy, it’s important to factor in the total costs involved caring for your pet over their expected lifetime of 10 -15 years. (The oldest dogs recorded living in the UK are currently 26 years old). Breeds cost considerably more to purchase and to insure. Animal shelters do receive pedigree pets from owners that can no longer care for their pet, and this can be a great alternative if that breed is the right choice for your lifestyle.

Microchipping The government introduced compulsory microchipping of dogs during 2016 to help prevent the high number of strays and loss of pets in the UK. Whilst there are vets up and down the country and trained professionals that are trained to provide the service, pet owners are expected to pay. The service is explained on their Get Your Dog Microchipped page. Larger cats and dogs leaving pet shelters are likely to have been chipped prior to be handed over to the pets new owners.

Big Dog Walk Day Dogfest and Bought By Many pet insurers have teamed up to bring the UK the largest dog walking opportunity to date. Join thousands of other pet owners helping to raise desperately needed monies for their favourite charities during September. A month-long challenge where you can choose the length of walk you want to aim for, seek sponsors, then cover the distance with your dog. The aim is to walk enough that adds up to walking around the world! Track your progress online.  #WorldBigDogWalk 

Lady walking dog

Paws for Tea Party

Blue Cross charity is offering the nation a chance to hold a sponsored Paws tea party, a great way to raise money for the 30,000 sick, injured and homeless pets they help every year as they need to continue raising funds to help treat even more. Are you going to paws for tea? Read more.


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