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101 Great Shelter Ideas

If you missed this popular workshop at last year’s Conference, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. AHA and the ASPCA are proud to offer "101 Great Shelter Ideas," including easy-to-implement, successful ideas on topics like:

  • Adoptions
  • Humane Education
  • Fundraising
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  • Spay/Neuter
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For an example of just one of these terrific ideas, check out Idea #44 "Guardian Angel."

For only $15 (plus shipping and handling), this helpful guide can be yours. Whether your agency is large or small, there are ideas in this collection that can improve everything from staff morale to adoption rates. If you’d like to order a copy, please call the AHA Resource Center at 800-227-4645, or email at [email protected]. For more information on the content of 101 Great Shelter Ideas please call Katura Alwyn at 800-227-4645, or email [email protected]

Idea Number #A44
Be a Guardian Angel

Upper Valley Humane Society
300 Old Route 10
Enfield, NH 03748
Contact: Joan McGovern, Executive Director

The Upper Valley Humane Society (UVHS) invites supporters to become "Guardian Angels". The program offers people the opportunity to providing a home for numerous homeless pets without adding any to their household. How? The "Guardian Angel" personally sponsors a kennel/cage at the shelter for six months or a year.

This program allows people who cannot or do not want to adopt another pet to still provide support for one awaiting a new home. To become an "UVHS Guardian Angel", the person makes a donation. The amounts are reasonable - only $50 for six-months or $90 for a full year. In appreciation, the sponsor’s name, and a brief message from the sponsor, is posted in shelter. All sponsors for a particular area of the facility (for example the puppy cages) would be printed on one piece of angel-themed paper and posted in a nice frame on the shelter wall. When the sponsorship period has expired, the person is contacted and invited to renew their "Guardian Angel" status. The posted acknowledgements are changed on a quarterly basis.

To advertise the program, there is a large picture of an "angel" dog (a dog wearing wings and a halo) in the shelter with pamphlets nearby that people can fill out to become a "UVHS Guardian Angel".

This program has successfully raised $10,000 with a minimal amount of cost and labor.

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