#FundFriday: Fundraising with Animals

Get by with a little help for your (four-legged) friends!


If you’ve been working hard to fund-raise your upcoming Leadership Summit, you may be feeling some fundraising fatigue. It’s important to keep up your momentum though, so what can you do to infuse excitement into your next effort? Enlist the help of animals! Dogs and cats bring so much fun and joy, and we’ve got some great ways to include them in your fundraising!


If the tail-end of winter has given you cabin fever, just imagine how dogs feel being cooped up! Consistent exercise is the key to happy dogs and may be difficult for owners to prioritize during the winter weather. Here’s where you can help! Offer your dog-walking services to neighbors, friends, and family members. All you need is time (and maybe a heavy coat)! We recommend offering 20-minute walks for $10. Remember to act professionally with customers - repeat clients are a great way to speedily stack up funds for your Summit.


Similar to offering dog-walking services, you can also offer pet owners extended care of their cats and dogs. Offering a nightly rate makes things simple. Extended care can be done either in your own home (with your parents’ approval of course!) or at the pet owner’s home. We recommend a night rate of anywhere between $20-40 depending on the amount of work involved.


Dog owners are always looking for healthy treats for their fur-babies. Below is a simple, quick, and inexpensive recipe for some basic biscuits that you can easily package and sell.


  • 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if you’re baking for pups sensitive to wheat)

  • 1 tsp. salt (or less)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. beef or chicken bouillon powder (can substitute beef or chicken stock)

  • 1/2 cup of hot water

  • Optional: add bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits (to your pup’s taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water

  3. Add remaining ingredients

  4. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)

  5. Roll dough until 1/2 inch think

  6. Cut slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone-shaped cookie cutter)

  7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet

  8. Cook for 30 minutes

(Recipe source: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/nutrition/recipes-for-quick-and-healthy-dog-treats)

If you come up with other fundraising efforts including animals, let us know by e-mailing info@ambassadorleaders.com. You could be featured in your own blog!

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By Emily Hanson

Emily loves helping families find the perfect fundraising idea and hearing how motivated they are to crush their fundraising goals.