How to Run a Successful Dog Rescue Fundraiser

Fundraising is an optimal part of running a dog rescue organization. Funds are required to assist with all aspects of care including, but not limited to, veterinary bills, food, treats, collars, leashes, bowls, grooming, flea, tick, and heartworm medication, shampoo, beds and toys. Running a successful fundraiser does not have to be stressful. Here are some tips on running a smooth fundraiser for your organization:

  1. Breweries or Wineries

This is a fun and easy way to raise money. Ask the brewery or winery for a portion of each beer, tasting, growler fill, or wine bottle purchased to be donated to your rescue organization. Some breweries and wineries will let you bring dogs to hang out; it is a great way to raise awareness of your organization while sipping on delicious beers or wines. The last fundraiser I ran at a brewery raised over $450 in four hours. We received $2 for each pint purchased during a set time period and had donation cans located throughout the brewery.

  1. Dine to Donate

Many chain restaurants have a dine to donate program where a percentage of the total food purchased is donated to your organization. You may have to show a flyer or a ticket for the donation to count. Most restaurants have application forms online; creating a no-hassle progress for the organizer. The dine to donate fundraisers may not bring in an exorbitant amount of money, but little work is involved besides handing out flyers.

  1. Consultant Events

This is the new wave of fundraising! Companies that sell clothing, essential oils, kitchen utensils, and cosmetics on social media, often have fundraising programs on Facebook! Login to the consultants’ event from the comfort of your own home and shop ‘till you drop. A percentage of all items sold will be donated, and the company may match total proceeds. I have worked with two consultants and we have raised over $500 on Facebook.

  1. Need food?

Many supermarkets will provide food for your fundraising event. Bring in a 501 (c) (3) paper and a letter stating that you are requesting the supermarket to make a food donation. Some stores will offer you a sandwich or cheese platter, while others will provide you with a gift card to select your own items. Make a sign that reads “Help Yourself to (insert food here), Donations Greatly Appreciated & Accepted” and place a donation jar next to the food you have available. This will encourage people to eat, but also remind them to donate to your rescue organization.

  1. Marketing

Give yourself six to eight weeks to adequately promote your event through flyers, word of mouth, and social media. Ask the venue or restaurant if you can distribute marketing materials such as pens, pencils, magnets, business cards, dog waste bags and dispensers, and other dog related items. If you are doing a virtual fundraiser, ask if you can do a giveaway. It is also important that you have a clipboard ready to obtain e-mail signups for future adoption events and fundraisers. If you set up a table, make sure you have appropriate signage and a donation jar. All volunteers should look uniform; t-shirts with your organization would help you to stand out amongst the crowd.

  1. Have fun!

The word fun is in fundraiser for a reason. Mingle with your supporters, bring awareness to dog rescue and your organization, hand out promotional materials, and network to obtain potential adopters, foster parents and volunteers.

Fundraising is key to making sure a constant flow of funds enters the bank account to meet the needs of the dogs in the organization. Assign one or two fundraising coordinators to start planning your next event today!

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How to Run with your Dog

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I love running with my dog, Bailey. Some people would classify my “running” as a light jog or brisk walk, but we have a lot of fun exercising with one another while getting our Whistle and FitBit activity minutes. Whether you are just starting out with walking or are an avid runner, here are some of my tips for running safely and easily with your canine companion.

1.Get doctor and veterinarian clearance.

It is important to make sure you can physically handle exercise. Schedule a physical and consult your doctor about starting a walking/running program. Bring Fido in for a check-up and get clearance as to how many miles you can walk/run with your dog. Bailey is cleared to run up to 10 miles with me. When I was training for a half marathon, we ran up to 8-9 miles. It’s imperative that you start slow; make sure you do an adequate warm-up for both you and your dog.

2. Know your dog and plan your route.

I prefer running early in the morning, or 60-90 minutes before sunset at a park. I like a clear trail, opposed to running on the street. Some streets in my development don’t have sidewalks, so running with Bailey (or foster) can be dangerous. She also likes to run ahead of me, so that’s why I typically avoid street running. Depending on the season, you want to make sure your dog can handle the temperature. I like to run early or late in the day, especially during the hot summer months.

3. Get your gear!

I don’t know what I would do without my Tuff Mutt – Hands Free Dog Leash. The leash clips around my waist, has a bungee cord with a carbineer that clips to Bailey’s collar or harness. It has a short and large handle so I always have control over her movements. It is also reflective, so we are noticed by pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles on our path.

Tuff Mutt – Hands Free Dog Leash

Hydration is super important, whether you are going on a short or long run. I have a few different tactics for handling both of our water. First, I wear a Hydration Belt. around my waist. I usually fill one with water, and one with a sports drink. If I go on a short run, I bring a Collapsible Dog Bowl for Bailey’s water. Sometimes, I bring a Gulpy Water Dispenser which is a water dispenser. I clip it to my waist with a carabiner or I carry it for added resistance. Whatever you do, make sure you have enough water for both you and your dog and that you take plenty of water breaks!

Hydration Belt

Collapsible Dog Bowl

Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax is my go-to product before a run. It is easy to apply the hypoallergenic, nontoxic wax to Bailey’s paws, which gives a nice protective coating to prevent accidents on the trail. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
4. Add some extras!

I love my Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband. I have been using a FitBit since it came on the market and helps keep me accountable regarding exercise. I like the FitBit Charge 2 because it has a relaxation setting where it prompts you to do 2 minutes of breathing exercises. I also like knowing which heart rate range in which I am exercising.

FitBit Charge 2

Bailey has a Whistle Activity Monitor. This shows how active she is throughout the day. We try to give her at least 60 minutes of daily exercise. It clips around her collar. When we had a pet sitter, we could see how long she was taking her on walks, and I could look at her stats from work to see if she is destroying my home. I think the Whistle is well worth the investment.

Whistle Activity Monitor

Final Thoughts

Running with your dog can be a great form of exercise! I know that after our runs, we both feel great, and get a better night’s sleep. How do you exercise with your dog? Leave a comment to let me know!

Namaste.

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My April doTERRA Order

I seriously love doTERRA’s Loyalty Reward Program. In April, I received 8 free products. Yup, you read correctly, eight items I didn’t have to pay for…crazy, right? I picked five of my eight free doTERRA products to review…enjoy!

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Cedarwood Essential Oil

I love Cedarwood. It reminds me of my yearly vacation to Maine. It has a woodsy scent and is used for a plethora of reasons. Cedarwood has calming properties, so diffusing creates a sense of relaxation. I mix 3 drops of Cedarwood and 3 drops of Lavender and diffuse at bedtime for a great night’s sleep. I also mix one drop of Cedarwood into my facial moisturizer to clarify any impurities. Cedarwood is also used to repel insects, so before I go on hikes with my dog, I apply a few drops to my skin. The smell is unbelievable! The wholesale price for Cedarwood is $13.00 USD.

Lavender Essential Oil

I can’t say enough about Lavender. I diffuse with Cedarwood (see above). I also add one drop to my chamomile tea at night, and apply topically to the bottoms of my feet, neck, and temples to relax. I also put a few drops on a cotton ball and stick it in the air vents in my car (no more road rage!). I add one drop to the rinse cycle when I wash my sheets. My bedding smells like lavender, which relaxes me! I haven’t tried cooking or baking with lavender, but you can create wonderful recipes with this essential oil. The wholesale price for Lavender is $21.00 USD.

DigestZen Essential Oil

I must admit – I hate anise. I never liked black licorice. However, DigestZen is amazing. If you take a few drops and put in a veggie capsule, you don’t taste anything. DigestZen provides relief to occasional stomach upset, indigestion, bloating, and gas. It helps you to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract in a natural, healthy way. You can diffuse, apply topically to your abdomen, or ingest. DigestZen really helps me feel better when my tummy gives me trouble! The wholesale price for DigestZen is $31.00 USD.

doTERRA Breathe Vapor Stick

Hello, Spring! Bye, seasonal discomfort! The doTERRA Breathe Vapor stick is used to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. When applied to my neck and chest, I feel like I can breathe easier. It feels soothing and cooling, without that greasy, yucky feel. The stick is great for carrying with me in my bag to use throughout the day. The wholesale price is $8.50 USD.

Trim Shake – Chocolate

I am super picky with shakes. I use them as a meal replacement (usually breakfast or lunch) so they need to keep me full and taste good. I mix a scoop of the chocolate Trim Shake with almond milk, ice, and a banana. It’s delicious. One scoop is only 70 calories and provides 8 grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fiber. 40 servings come in the container. Trim Shakes do not contain gluten, are soy free, and GMO free. They are sweetened by stevia. I love drinking them – the chocolate flavor is fantastic and it doesn’t leave an after taste. It keeps me full for hours and I look forward to drinking doTERRA’s Chocolate Trim Shake after a hard workout at the gym. The wholesale price for Trim Shake is $39.50 USD.

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Do you want the opportunity to score free products?

Head over to my shop here.

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Click “Join & Save” to become a wholesale member. Click “Shop” to make a retail purchase.

Follow the prompts. My Wellness Advocate number is 4191408.

E-mail me at realmofvibesdg@gmail.com – I would be happy to help you on your essential oil journey!

Namaste.

Disclosure: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Vox Populi – the Voice of the People

Vox Populi means the voice of the people. I often feel like I am a voice for many people, and animals. I strongly advocate for my clients and their needs, and immerse myself with volunteering for the animal rescue. (If I am not fostering I am running around getting donations and setting up fundraisers). When Vox Populi sent me shirts to represent their brand, I went directly to their website to learn more.

Danielle Gould of Realm of Vibes for Vox Populi

About Vox Populi

Owners and creators, Ruben and Sydney, like myself, want to make a positive impact in the world. They see how compassion and kindness spreads; and that the world becomes a better place because of those two qualities. As my mother always says, kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Ruben and Sydney believe in sustainability, being environmentally friendly, and donating to an important cause. Vox Populi donates 25%+ to programs that serve and empower youth through education. Currently, Vox Populi donates to Fresh Lifelines for Youth. FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. FLY believes that all their children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes.

Danielle Gould of Realm of Vibes for Vox Populi

Shop

Browse through Vox Populi’s selection of Men’s or Women’s t-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies. Clothing for little humans will be available in the very near future. Vox Populi’s clothing states one of the following quotations:

  • We are the Solution
  • You are Limitless
  • You are Beautiful
  • Rise Above It
  • You Shine Through
  • Give Gladly

Danielle Gould of Realm of Vibes for Vox Populi

Impact

I wore the You are Limitless shirt to work (I am an occupational therapist). Each one of my clients had a comment. One of my clients stated, “That’s why occupational therapy is so important because you are finding different ways to break through my limits and teaching me alternate methods for living my life.” 

You, my friends, are limitless. The limits you set – you set on yourself, and it’s your choice whether you pull yourself up by the bootstraps and prevail, or you wallow and become worse. I choose to live myself without limits, and I try to empower others to do the same, even if they have a disability.

The Rise Above It shirt means so much to me; we all have our issues. I have autoimmune issues. I sometimes don’t feel like getting out to bed to do things because I am fatigued and in pain. I often tell myself to Rise Above It – keep moving forward. Respect yourself, your body, and your feelings, but rise above whatever is causing you issues. It’s so easy to throw in the towel; your true colors shine through when you conquer your troubles and rise above the hardships. I wear this tank to hot yoga as a reminder when I am holding a difficult posture or losing my balance in Warrior III.

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Shirts & Company

The Vox Populi shirt and tank fit beautifully. They are super soft and I feel great wearing them to spread a positive message in my workplace and community. People smile when they see the positivity and it becomes easy to start a conversation. A simple hello, paired with a smile, can mean so much to someone. Purchasing from Vox Populi will not only make you look fashionable, but will make you feel good knowing that a percentage of your purchase will help others.

Show compassion and kindness. Be the voice of the people. Wear and support Vox Populi.

Make sure you visit Vox Populi on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Namaste.

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Disclosure: Vox Populi sent me a t-shirt and tank in return for being reviewed and featured on Realm of Vibes. All thoughts and opinions within are my own. If you would like to be featured, please visit the Contact page or e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com to get started.

Spicy Sambal Shrimp with Mango Salad

by Lovoni Walker 

People assume because I cook for a living that I whip-up elaborate, gourmet meals every night. After food styling, being in front of the camera cooking, or writing recipes all day, the thought of spending hours in the kitchen to knock together the evening meal holds little appeal, no matter how much I love to cook. Meals that are fresh and fast are where it’s at during the weeknight grind. Salads and stir-fries are both perfect speedy, wholesome meals for the time challenged and are my savior for when I’m short on time, energy or inspiration (and sometimes all three).

Keeping a well-stocked pantry is key, so I tend to have a selection of vinegars, nuts, oils and Asian sauces at the ready. Buying meat and seafood in bulk, portioning them and throwing them into the freezer to have on hand means all that’s left to pick up from the store is a few fresh ingredients.

If you have any energy left at the end of your day, doing 15 minutes prep for the following night’s meal will have you feeling like a kitchen maven.  Here are a couple of quick recipes:  an Asian inspired shrimp and mango salad and a ginger spritzer to wash it down, both with lots of make-ahead elements, so you can have dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss maybe leaving a little time left for you at the end of your long day (it helps to dream, right?!).

Spicy Sambal Shrimp and Mango Salad

Spicy Sambal Shrimp with Mango Salad

Spicy Sambal Shrimp with Mango Salad

MARINADE

  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek (Asian chili paste)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 20 large, raw shrimp (prawns), peeled and deveined leaving tails intact
  • 4 to 5 metal (or bamboo) skewers
Mint and Mango for the Spicy Sambal Shrimp and Mango Salad

Mint and Mango for the Spicy Sambal Shrimp with Mango Salad

SALAD

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large, ripe mango, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 6 to 8 small radish, halved or sliced
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (coriander) leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts

To make the marinade: Combine sambal, garlic, honey, fish sauce, ginger, soy and sesame oil in a small bowl. Pour 1/2 of the mixture into a blender (this will become the dressing for the salad). Add shrimp to the remaining mixture in the bowl; mix well to coat. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Cover and set aside in the fridge.

To make the dressing for the salad: Add vinegar and canola oil to sambal mixture in blender; blend until smooth.  Cover and set aside in the fridge.

Just before serving: Toss mango, cucumber, onion, radish, mint & cilantro together in a medium bowl. Drizzle with salad; toss to combine. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Cook shrimp on greased grill of a hot barbeque, 2 to 3 minutes each side until they turn pink – do not overcook.  Serve shrimp with mango salad. Serves 3 to 4.

Note: As an alternate, you could marinate and grill the shrimp the night before & toss them into the salad, cold, just before serving.

Ginger Cucumber Spritzers

Ginger Cucumber Spritzers

Ginger Cucumber Spritzers

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3-inch piece ginger (it doesn’t have to be peeled), sliced
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
  • ice
  • sparkling water or club soda to serve

Combine water, sugar, ginger & rosemary in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, without stirring, for 5 minutes; strain into a small pitcher or jar. Cover and chill until read to use.

Place cucumber slices and ice into a serving jug or individual glasses. Top with sparkling water; stir to combine. Serve immediately. Serves 3 to 4.

Here is a timeline to prepare during a week night:

Timeline for the Spicy Sambal Shrimp and Mango Salad and Ginger Cucumber Spritzers

Don’t forget your shopping list: 

Shopping List for the Spicy Sambal Shrimp and Mango Salad and Ginger Cucumber Spritzers

Realm of Vibes wants to thank Lovoni Walker, Foodsmith for guest posting. E-mail her at Lovoni@freshhunger.com. Fresh Hunger, her new website, is coming soon. Connect with Lovoni on social media: InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter, and visit The Fresh Aussie blog.

If you are interested in being featured on Realm of Vibes, please fill out the form on the Contact page or e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com to get started.