Thursday, August 21, 2014

Psst! You May Not Have Heard...

We have been telling anyone who will listen for the past few years that our Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAW) program is the best way for you to help the animals. Nothing has changed. PAW remains a secure and easily managed way to help the more than 10,000 animals that need the OHS—and you— every single year. The costs with PAW are low, so a far larger percentage of your gift goes to the animals than with other ways of supporting the OHS.

I know PAW may not be the way that you want to help the animals right now. I expect you know that making a one-time gift online or by mail is the second best way to help the animals. I expect you know about the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and the Run for the Animals, the FurBall and the Summer Harvest Garden Party and would participate if any were the right way for you to support the animals.
But there are a few ways to help the animals that you may not know about. Maybe some of these are right for you?

United Way
Did you know that you can direct part or all of your United Way gift to animals in need? It's simple! All you need is the OHS charitable number when you complete your pledge form. More information about United Way directed gifts can be found at: http://ottawahumane.ca/gifts/united_way.cfm.

My Event
Raising funds is so easy with My Event. Available on the OHS website, the feature allows you to send emails to your friends, family and other contacts to ask them to support you in raising funds. Gifts are processed at the OHS and receipts sent to you or your donor friend auto-magically by the OHS server! Some very special people have used My Event to solicit gifts to the animals in lieu of wedding or birthday gifts, or have asked to be sponsored in a run or other challenge. My Events is at: http://www.ottawahumane.ca/events/communityevents_myevent.cfm.

Pet Tributes
Knowing your gift will help thousands of other pets can be
a consolation when someone loses a beloved animal companion.

Pets are now very much a part of our families and their loss can be as devastating. When someone close to you loses a beloved pet, knowing that you are thinking of them, and that your gift will help thousands of other pets, can be a consolation. Some people have told me that raising funds in memory of their own lost pet to help so many was a healing project. It's easy. Our staff will send an e-note or paper note as you wish. All tributes can be accessed at: http://ottawahumane.ca/gifts/tribute_gifts.cfm.

Ottawa Humane Society BMO MasterCard
Our newly launched BMO OHS MasterCard is a simple way to rescue animals as you shop. A percentage of your spending will go to the animals as a part of our affinity agreement with BMO and this new card. You can even use it for your next online gift to the animals! More information about the new OHS BMO MasterCard can be found at: http://ottawahumane.ca/BMO

These are just a few of the ways that you can save lives and help the Ottawa Humane Society care for more than 10,000 animals that need our help and have nowhere else to go.

If you have already tried one of these great, but lesser known ways to help the animals, I would like to hear your experience. Please write me at bruce@ottawahumane.ca.

Thank you for all you do for Ottawa's animals!

Bruce Roney
Executive Director

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