Hold a Benefit for PAWS

Looking for a fun way to help the animals? Thanks to the support of community members who host and participate in fundraisers, PAWS is able to help tens of thousands of animals each year. Here are just a few event ideas:
happy hourHappy hour fundraiser:
Do you own/manage a bar or restaurant, or have a friend who does? Host an informal happy hour and donate the proceeds to PAWS. You can charge a modest entry fee, offer raffles, or hold auctions to make the evening even more successful. The event pictured, held at the Raven Lounge, raised nearly $1,500 for our lifesaving efforts!
Donate your birthdayDonate your birthday:
Emily (left) gathered donations of our most needed items in lieu of gifts for her birthday. She visited our adoption center with a friend to deliver the gifts and meet the animals who would benefit from her kindness! (See below for a list of the items we need most.)
LizzieBar/Bat Mitzvah project:
Lizzie, pictured at our adoption center with Twinkie, collected donations for the animals on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah.For more ways that kids can make a difference for the animals, click here.
Wish list collectionWish list collection:
Every item donated enables us to spend our limited funds on other lifesaving efforts. Local businesses Queenie’s Pets and Rhino Chiropractic teamed up to collect pet food and supplies to help us care for and provide comfort to our rescued dogs and cats. The items we need most are:

  • Bleach, Laundry Detergent, Paper Towels and Trash Bags (heavy duty/contractor)
  • Canned Dog, Cat and Kitten Food (no dry food, please)
  • Kong Brand Dog Toys, and all Cat & Kitten Toys
  • Fleece Blankets
  • New/Used Crates and Carriers (all sizes)
dog washCharity dog wash:
All you need is a hose, dog shampoo, and a few friends who are willing to get soapy for a good cause. You could even hold a car wash/dog wash all-in-one! The dog wash pictured, held in Manayunk, raised hundreds of dollars for PAWS by asking for a $10 donation per wash.
Spin-a-ThonWorkout event:
Host an exercise event, like this “Spin-a-Thon,” which was held outdoors to raise funds and awareness for PAWS. Do you belong to a gym or attend classes at an exercise studio? Talk to them about hosting a special charity day where participants can make a donation to PAWS to attend a workout class.
yard saleSpring cleaning yard sale:
Make your yard sale a PAWS yard sale! Get your whole block or neighborhood involved and ask neighbors to contribute all or a percentage of their proceeds to PAWS. It’s a great way to support a good cause and get rid of clutter at the same time.
PAWS weddingA PAWS wedding:
Make the animals a part of your special day! Add a request for donations to your gift registry, or include a donation link on your wedding website. Or, make a meaningful contribution by donating to PAWS in lieu of favors. You can put a sign or place cards at tables to inform your guests of the donation you’ve made in their honor (email giving@phillypaws.org for a sample).
coin driveCoin drive or penny war:
Encourage your friends to put their extra change to good use by holding a coin drive at your school or workplace. Decorate your collection jars with images of adoptable animals and facts about PAWS’ work in the community. Or, take your coin drive to the next level and make it a Penny War!
BirthdayBirthday bash for your four-legged friend:
Throw a birthday party for your pet! Invite your friends and their sociable pets to a day of fun at home or in the park, complete with games and treats. In lieu of gifts, ask for donations to PAWS. Our PAWS dog bandanas make great party favors!
Young Heroes ClubGet the whole class involved! The 6th graders of St. Francis de Sales school in West Philadelphia held a donation drive and collected needed items for the animals.
We encourage event hosts to create an online fundraising page make an even bigger impact for the animals. It’s a great way to collect donations from people who can’t attend your event but still want to lend their support.Ready to organize a fundraiser of your own and/or create a fundraising page? Contact us at events@phillypaws.org to let us know what you have in mind!