Fundraising Ideas & Guidelines
DoveLewis Community Support
People in the community often ask us “How can we help support the animals at DoveLewis?” They have read stories about the emergency and ICU animal care provided by DoveLewis, and they want to get involved to help the animals!
Alternative ways to support DoveLewis
Not sure what to donate, here are some ideas:
- Time at your weekend cabin, vacation home or timeshare
- Gift certificates from your favorite restaurants, spas, hotels, stores, etc.
- Lessons or services in cooking, sports, the arts
- Coupons for activities like shopping, tourist spots, movies, etc.
- Tickets to events – sports, arts, concerts, etc.
- Pet or person related products
- Unique and creative experiences not offered anywhere else – have a friend who happens to be a celebrity? Could someone name the burger of the month after their pet at your restaurant? Let us know if you think you have something to offer and we can help fine tune it.
Toys and Treats Drive
Humans aren’t the only ones who need blood transfusions in emergencies. The DoveLewis Blood Bank provides enough blood and plasma every year for more than 1000 transfusions for dogs and cats. Veterinarians throughout the Portland–Metropolitan area use DoveLewis Blood products for their patients too. With approximately 100 volunteer dogs and a dozen cats in our program, the DoveLewis Blood Bank is one of the largest community–based non-profit animal blood banks in the nation. We call our blood donors “Superheroes”! With each donation, a Blood Donor Superhero gets lots of doggie biscuits, and then the chance to pick out a new toy! With our blood donors coming in on average four times a year, that adds up to 400 toys and 400+ treats! Our Superheroes love toys and treats! Our Superheroes often prefer plush toys with a squeaker and durable tennis balls. When it comes to treats, we prefer treats that can be broken into small pieces if necessary, and treats that our Superheroes can eat while they’re here ‘on the job.’ (Please no doggy rawhide treats that take longer to eat).
Towel, Sheet and Blanket Donations
Our washing machines at DoveLewis are almost always running! We can always use towel, sheet and blanket donations for the animals at DoveLewis. The towels, sheets and blankets should be clean, in good condition, with no major stains, and no holes or frayed edges. We can use washcloths, hand towels, and bath towels. Plain and/or fitted sheets are gladly accepted. We can also use any size blanket, quilt, or comforter cover. (We’re sorry, we are unable to accept dog or cat beds at this time. Due to their size, we are unable to effectively sanitize and store them.)
Baby Food Donations
Sometimes the animals who have just had surgery or are recovering from any number of diseases don’t want to eat—so we can use baby food to get them started eating and interested in food. The advantage is that baby food is very bland, and thus usually easily tolerated by cats and dogs. Please note: We can offer our patients only meat-based baby food (no baby food with vegetables, onion, garlic, etc. please). We exclusively use and accept donations of Beech Nut brand stage 1 meats: beef and beef broth, chicken and chicken broth, or turkey and turkey broth. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
We also gladly accept donations of the following cat litter: Yesterday’s News Cat Litter for in-house use or World’s Best Cat Litter for our Blood Bank cats.
If you have any questions, or are interested in helping collect toys and treats, towels, blankets, baby food or cat litter, please contact:
Abby Crouch 971.255.5918
Placing an attractive donation jar at the cash register of your place of business is a terrific method for making your customers aware of DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, our campaign for a new hospital and involving them in supporting our vital programs and services. Jars are currently available by contacting Candice Coleman at 503.535.3384.
Throughout the years, DoveLewis supporters have come up with fun, creative ways to raise money for us. Here are some of the most recent examples:
One volunteer organized her own garage sale, netting nearly $1,000 for our Stray Animal and Wildlife program.
A couple who were about to be married lost their beloved dog Paco, just before their wedding. After reading our Wish List in a newsletter, they generously asked their guests not to buy them gifts, and to instead donate to DoveLewis for a video endoscope. Our doctors use it so often, they can’t imagine what it would be like not having it.
These little girls had a lemonade sale and gave the proceeds to DoveLewis. Their dog, Harry, is one of our Canine Blood Donors.
An eight year old boy was saving up for an X-Box, but after seeing a story on the news about an abused animal, he chose to give the money to our Charlie Fund for abused animals.
Several schools organize fundraisers, as well as toy drives. Each DoveLewis Canine Blood Donor gets to go home with a new toy (they pick it out of the box themselves) every time they donate blood.
If you are interested in coordinating a fundraiser in your community, please print and return the DoveLewis Fundraising Guidelines and Proposal Form to Abby Crouch via mail, fax, or email:
1945 NW Pettygrove
Portland, OR 97209
Fax to 971.255.4918
Thank you for your interest in supporting DoveLewis.
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Our tax ID # is 93-0621534.