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Third Party Fundraisers & Donation Drives

A third party event is any fundraising activity developed by a non-affiliated group or individual where the Porter County Animal Shelter has no financial responsibility and little-to-no staff involvement.

Although we actively encourage third party fundraising events, all such events must be approved by the Porter County Animal Shelter in advance.

This is an important safeguard to preserving the integrity of the Porter County Animal Shelter name and our commitment to raise the funds necessary to fulfill our mission in a cost-efficient and effective manner. 

While we are happy to provide guidance for your event, we do not have the personnel to handle the organizational and administrative tasks associated with third-party events. Therefore, the event sponsor is responsible for all details of the event, including:

  • Underwriting all of the related costs
  • Recruiting volunteers to help out at the event
  • Publicizing the event
  • Selling event tickets and/or finding participants
  • Working at the actual event

Protecting Our Supporters

By establishing fundraising guidelines and requiring advance approval of all fundraising events, the Porter County Animal Shelter strives to protect Shelter supporters by assuring that the funds raised are properly accounted for and turned into the Shelter.

All APPROVED fundraisers and donation drives will be posted as events both on our website and on our Facebook page.  So, if you have a question about a Shelter fundraising event, you can verify that it has been approved.

CLICK HERE to see our website events calendar.

CLICK HERE to see our Facebook events calendar.

The Shelter will NEVER authorize a third party to set up a Crowdfunding, GoFundMe or similar online fundraising effort.  If you become aware of a online fundraising effort, or a fundraising event that is NOT on our website or Facebook events page, PLEASE contact our Shelter Director via email at this link:  Email Shelter Director


Fundraiser Application & Guidelines

If you or your organization wants to conduct a fundraiser, you must complete and submit our Fundraiser Application & Guidelines online form AT LEAST SIX WEEKS prior to your planned event.  It may take up to two weeks for Shelter approval.  You cannot advertise or promote your event until you have written authorization by the Porter County Animal Shelter.  Please note that all promotional and marketing materials must also be approved by the Shelter.

The Shelter will NOT approve any of the following types of fundraising efforts by a third party:

  • GoFundMe, Crowdfunding or similar online fundraising mechanism
  • Telemarketing or door to door solicitation
  • Sales based fundraising (Yankee Candle, Etsy, etc)

To complete and submit the Fundraiser Application & Guidelines online form, just CLICK HERE.


Donation Drives For Supplies

If you or your organization wants to conduct a donation drive to collect supplies for the Shelter, you must complete and submit our Donation Drive Application & Guidelines online form AT LEAST THREE WEEKS prior to your planned collection event.  It may take up to 5 business days for Shelter approval.  You cannot advertise or promote your event until you have written authorization by the Porter County Animal Shelter.  Please note that all promotional and marketing materials may require approval by the Shelter.  The Shelter will provide you with a “wish list” of items to collect, and asks that you include the wish list, including brand specific items, when promoting your collection event.

Children’s birthday party collection events do NOT require an approved application, but you are encouraged to request our supply wish list by going to this link:  Email For Wish List

To complete and submit the Donation Drive Application & Guidelines online form, just CLICK HERE.