I’ve decided to do all my holiday shopping at pet rescue fundraisers this year. The idea came to me after a long table of raffle and silent auction items greeted me through the door at a Hamilton Greyhound rescue event recently.
Silent auction is a particular vice of mine, combining two of my obsessions: shopping and winning. It’s like competitive shopping. But for charity. Awesome.
There’s been a lot of talk about spending you holiday dollars locally, at independently owned stores away from the chains. Well, this idea is one better – spend your money at charities, bid high, buy raffle tickets, purchase items from vendors supporting the events and you’ve created a double whammy of holiday cheer.
And if these events directly benefit cats and dog (and you pay no tax) even better.
Here’s my haul so far (not all yet allocated):
- An easy-to-wrap boxed waffle maker from the Greyhound Rescue silent auction in Binbrook, Ontario sponsored by GLOHW (Greyhound Lovers of Hamilton-Wentworth) and giant bag of Royal Canine Urban Dog large-sized kibble for Sasha, the lab-cross who’s my dog Victor s best friend.
- Also, a yoga mat door prize from a visit to Kamp K-9 s open house in Mississauga, Ontario, a doggie daycare and boarding facility celebrating its 3rd year in business.
- A pink leather collar for some doggie friend from Pawloosa in London, Ontario last summer and a grey dog bed for my schnoodle Victor from WienerFest in August.
- Victor also gets assorted SOOS Dead Sea mineral shampoo purchased from a vendor at summer Woofstock in Toronto, Ontario.
What’s my crowning silent auction achievement so far, you ask? A 32-inch flat screen T.V. from the HOWLer Pound Dogs fundraiser in Aye, Ontario … for me.
Also for me, and everyone I share with on Social Media, is a photo of Victor and me thanks to Furever Young Pet Photography in Hamilton, Ontario, set up at the previously mentioned Greyhound rescue. That was a particularly good auction/door prize/fundraising day.
The season’s not over yet. Bring on the bidding. On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Fido.