One of the biggest challenges facing animal shelters are the costs associated with caring for all of the abandoned, abused, neglected, and lost animals that come through their doors. From animal care products to cleaning and office supplies, it all adds up quickly and most humane organizations rely on the generosity of their supporters to help make ends meet.
When it comes to the ongoing need for donations, the Humane Society of Harford County, an open-admission shelter in Maryland, is no exception. But thanks to the creativity of its Executive Director and longtime animal welfare advocate, Jen Swanson, this shelter is benefitting from a different approach to getting donated items.
Giftster Helps Get High Priority Donation Items
So what is Jen doing differently? She’s using Giftster to create a shareable wish list of the items her shelter needs most.
Jen first discovered Giftster when her sister used it to create a birthday wish list for her baby’s first birthday. With her own 40th birthday around the corner, Jen decided to use Giftster to create a list of items for the shelter in lieu of gifts for herself and send it to her family and friends.
Since supporters are always asking what items are needed most, Giftster is a great way to let people know what’s needed most and where to purchase it.
Although some nonprofits use Amazon for wish lists, specialized items are often not available on Amazon or may be available for less elsewhere. Giftster solved
this problem by allowing Jen to easily compile items from various websites on just one page.
Although Jen is currently sharing her Giftster wish list just to family and friends, she ultimately intends to promote it with social media.
The Humane Society of Harford County is a private nonprofit that provides food, shelter, warmth, medical care and loving attention to approximately 4,500 animals every year. They also have the county contract to care for animals picked up or seized by animal control. Thanks to the resourcefulness of Jen Swanson and her team, the Humane Society of Harford County continues to make a difference to the homeless and unwanted animals of its community. If you are interested in learning more about this organization, visit: http://www.harfordshelter.org/.