HOW DO YOU PICK THE SHELTERS and organizations?
Every year we try and do something a little bit different. Now in our sixth year, we decided we wanted to help support a wonderful group of rescues working together in a unique way to give shelter animals the ultimate gift – a forever home! The organizations chosen are near and dear to the Santa Paws Drive founders’ hearts, and team us to “shuffle” animals from high-kill shelters down south to other rescues up north where they will get adopted quickly and have the hope they simply otherwise wouldn’t have. The groups are all-volunteer and donation-based, and we wanted to support this wonderful team doing so much with so little. We hope you'll join us in supporting the animals at ones we choose!
HOW WILL I KNOW HOW MUCH HAS BEEN RAISED?
We have a widget on the Santa Paws Drive homepage that will keep a running total of all the cash donations, animals sponsored to be saved, and other gifts as they come in. The widget will be updated at least twice daily. You can grab the Santa Paws Drive widget for your blog or website (and please do!) by copying the code underneath it and pasting it into your template.
WHEN WILL BE THE LAST DAY TO DONATE?
The last day for donations will be Wednesday, December 31, 2014. At that time, we’ll count up all the donations and announce the final totals via our Facebook page, Twitter and blog.
CAN I SEND DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO THE SHELTERS?
Of course you can if you'd like! We'll never say no to that. But if you'd like to show your support for the Santa Paws Drive program, please make sure you make your donation through the links we have on our site and blogs so we can ship all the donations as one huge ho-ho-holiday gift!
Can i just send a donation directly through paypal?
Yes! If you prefer, you can Paypal a cash donation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the money will be added to the donation totals on the site!
CAN I SEND OTHER ITEMS TO YOU FOR DONATIONS?
Typically we are not able to collect, receive and ship out other items due to the shipping charges. We encourage you to donate through our site so you do not have to pay for shipping. By donating directly through our site, you don’t save the shipping costs -- which means we can put every penny towards gifts for the animals!
what happened to donating toys and treats?
The goal of Santa Paws Drive has always been to bring joy to shelter animals, and we’ve been determined to make that happen through toys and treats for the animals. However, in recent years, we’ve come to realize that, quite often, rescues have specific needs they would benefit from more – and often cash donations for vetting and costs is the biggest barrier to saving more animals. Quite simply, while getting a box of 1,000 toys is fun, we wanted to try something a little different this year… and see how many shelter doggies and kitties we could actually save!
HOW WILL YOU send THE DONATIONS?
At the end of Santa Paws Drive on December 25, we will total all the cash and donations received and present it to the beneficiary organizations. Any supplies will be purchased on an as-needed basis (there is no huge storage facility to hold it all at once) and kitties sponsored to be saved will be rescued from the shelter all year long! We’ll share those saved through Santa Paws Drive donations as they happen!
WHO WILL PAY THE SHIPPING COST ON THE GIFTS?
The Santa Paws Drive elves will make sure they pick the lowest price shipping option, if needed. The money to ship will come out of the cash donations. Every penny donated goes directly to the shelters.
HOW will i know when a kitten or family is saved with my donation?
We will do our best to share each rescue story on the Santa Paws Drive Facebook page as they happen during the year! You can also follow the beneficiary organization’s social networks (links are on the Shelters & Organizations page) for even more updates!
is my donation tax deductible?
Santa Paws Drive supports non-profit 501c3 registered rescues. If you require a tax receipt, please contact us and we’ll get you one!
I AM A LARGER COMPANY AND WOULD LIKE TO HELP. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Yes, please! We certainly welcome all the help we can get and appreciate the generosity of any company willing to chip in to make these shelter animals happy this holiday. Please contact email@example.com to figure out the best way to handle your donation or involvement. We have several great sponsorship opportunities available. Thank you!