Kitten or Puppy Shower

Feeling the financial pinch during puppy or kitten season? Host a baby shower for your new litters to bring in some donations, highlight spay/ neuter programs, bring in foster families, and encourage adoptions of older pets to make room for the new babies.!

Basically, it’s a baby shower for pets! A kitten or puppy shower is similar to a baby shower except you are welcoming unwanted litters into the world and introducing them to the public in hopes of adoption. People in the community are asked to bring a few small gifts (such as money, gift cards to Walmart, kitten chow, KMR or kitten milk replacement, kitten bottles, old towels, old pillows, new collars, toys…) to help welcome the kittens and puppies in your adoption program. It’s also a nice way for your nonprofit group to mingle with the public, and for the public to learn about pet behavior, learn about your shelter/ rescue, and possibly adopt a pet.

Make the event FUN! Provide a cake (donated by a bakery if possible!) and some punch and cookies. Decorate with pink and blue balloons and streamers, maybe a stork with a kitten in the sack. Make it a HUGE media event by sending baby shower invites to newscasters, weather personalities, your local mayor and newspaper editor as well as to the prominent members of society and all of your regular donors. A good way to get prominent members involved is to name a kitten after them!

Hold the event somewhere that can accommodate close to 100 people. You want to have a lot of space to mingle around and for people to talk with YOUR volunteers. Have brochures, fliers, any paperwork possible that they can take home to remember you by.

You can also host a naming contest where the public helps come up with names for the new litters based on their bios. And, the animals can also be fostered by a family until adoption! Most places don’t allow early adoptions, under 8 weeks. So, if you have some relatively young animals that need some help (like URI or just abandoned by mom), then they can get a foster family until they are ready to be adopted.

Your group can also sell kitten artwork, which are paintings done by the kittens. Dip their paws in some finger paint (non-toxic) and have them walk across the paper! It turns out beautiful and is a great seller when matted and framed. You can charge about $25 for them, or name them something special and charge a little higher, like $45 to $65. That is also a big media attraction for those talented little pets!

Be sure to sign your animal rescue up for your very own baby registry at Target and Walmart! That’s another great media tie-in… and possibly a connection with Target and Walmart for you! They may be able to set up a donation box out front where people can drop off gifts for the baby kittens! Register for items your group needs to care for the new litters, such as food, collars, treats, toys, cleaning supplies, trash bags, and office supplies.

Anytime you want to do an event, think of a few ways to make it Bigger and Better! Start with a basic cake and punch kitten shower, then add in some media personnel, a paw painting sale and a gift table… and you’ve got the makings of a great event!

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12 Responses to Kitten or Puppy Shower

  1. Just added a link to your site from mine, great blog.

  2. Anne says:

    Well that would be a really cool idea. I need to try this amongst my friends :) It might be a mess but it’s all worth the fun I guess

  3. baby showers says:

    Well this something new I haven’t heard of. But I guess it’s something innovative for all pet lovers out there.

  4. Network Marketing Internet Business says:

    What a cute idea!

  5. Jarrod says:

    This is a great idea, we’re going to use it in our small animal rescue!

  6. What a fantastic idea – you could keep all of your marketing materials ribbons, bunting and extra furniture for this event in a storage room at Alligator and then make it an annual event! Save loads of money on reproducing new advertising, and decorations and save time by using a secure, dry storage room.

  7. This was atwist I wanted to use for my pet parties to help my local animal rescue and alert the public about the rescue needs for it’s adoptable animals so my parties consist of accual pet products from a company called ShurePets. I am a Pet Consultant from West Virginia. I do pet parties, fundraisers for non-profit org. and take individual orders any time. Since you probably need different ideas for fundraising you might be interested in this very concept I can set up for your non-profit org. or any other one you might know that needs to raise some much needed funds. Please e-mail and i can help you with a twist to your parties and a new concept of doing a fundraiser. Your party concept is great and it even gives me a few ideas of how i can improve my pet parties.
    Lisa Kane Pet Consultant for ShurePets #357 WV
    E-mail: barkingforbarker

  8. What a Gorgeous idea. This might really be applicable to all pet loves out there.

  9. The concept has been out there for a while. I can help you have your shower by guiding you as a Pet Consultant and you would even have pet products to use for your shower or party. I can guide you so you can host a shower or party or you can sign up as a Consultant under me and become a Consultant yourself and have as many as you want and earn income as you go along. Check out my website and/or e-mail any questions. You can also host a catalog party with the pet products and earn benefits as a host or hostess. It really caught my eye too. You don’t have to commit yourself to becoming a consultant if you would enjoy just doing the showers or parties in a home setting or group setting or having catalog parties and take orders as a host and getting benefits depending on how much you guest by at the shower or party.

  10. Helen says:

    How interesting. Now we are having baby registry for our animals!

  11. Dog Boarding says:

    How beautiful! I would enjoy this type of shower. It would be such a pleasant and almost as cute as a human baby shower. Fabulous.

  12. Easy Fund Raising Ideas says:

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