Want to coordinate a supply drive to benefit pets in need? Follow the steps below for a successful collection.
Step One: Decide What to Collect
Check out the wish list for a comprehensive list of accepted donations. Choose the items you would like to focus on. Some collectors focus on pet food which will be distributed through the pet food pantry program. Others focus on pet supplies and toys.
Step Two: Choose a Time Frame and Location
When will your supply drive start? How long would you like the collection to last? A week, a month or just one day? Where can donors drop off donations? The most successful collections occur at businesses that sell wish list items. It is especially helpful if you are there in person asking people to donate. Here are some location suggestions: a grocery, pet supply or agricultural supply store; a veterinarian's office or pet grooming or boarding facility; your school, place of business or place or worship.
*Always ask permission from the manager or school administrator to collect donations.
Step Three: Contact Us
Once you've picked a location and time-frame for your supply drive, complete the online supply drive form to let us know about your plans. Collections that are open to the public will be advertised on CHS' social media pages.
Step Four: Advertise Your Supply Drive
The most important part of holding a successful supply drive is getting the word out. Here are some ideas to promote your collection:
- Post flyers in public areas. Create your own flyers or use our template. Make sure to include the drop-off location and dates of your collection. Always ask permission to post flyers in public areas.
- Promote in person! If you're collecting at a business that sells wish list items, make arrangements with the manager to promote in person. We can provide you with a "shopping list" flyer that can be given to every customer.
- Contact your local newspaper. They may be able to run a free story or ad about your supply drive to encourage people to donate.
- Use social media. Get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Step Five: Collect
You'll need a bin or box and signage. Plastic storage totes work great! Create your own signs or request our printable poster. If you are collecting in person, remember to be friendly, smile and always thank the donors. Take photos to share with us! Some donors may ask to make a monetary gift. We can accept cash donations and checks made out to CHS.
Step Six: Drop-Off Your donations
Once you've completed your supply drive, drop off your donations at any of our adoption centers during regular business hours along with a Supply Drive Wrap-Up Form. If you'd like to be featured on our Facebook page, email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or let us take one when you make your drop-off. If you collected with a group, you may request a behind-the-scenes tour when you come to make your drop-off. Tours must be scheduled in advance.
Thank you for collecting to help pets in need!