The year of 2020 has given many of us time to reflect about our priorities regarding shopping habits this holiday season. At the same time, the current pandemic has severely impacted animal rescue groups in their fundraising efforts, which have typically relied on face-to-face interaction. Here at Help a Buddy Fund, we believe in supporting those who are working hard to lift others up. We've compiled a list of some places you can both shop local this gift-giving season, and help the animals you love dearly to have their basic needs met.
Virtual Silent Auctions
Virtual silent auctions are a great way to support animal rescues in a safe and contactless environment. You can find a variety of really cute gifts this way. Here are just a few rescues who are fundraising through a virtual silent auction in the upcoming days:
Humane Animal Rescue Team (HART)
Basset Rescue Edmonton
ARTS Senior Animal Rescue
Online Holiday Markets
Similar to the virtual auction, you can simply just buy items handmade by local crafters at one of the virtual holiday markets hosted on Facebook. Paws in Need Animal Rescue Society is hosting theirs on December 3-6.
Finally, if you aren't the gift-giving type, but are still looking to be charitable this season with a chance to make spending money, consider joining an online 50/50 draw. Currently, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society has a 50/50 draw taking place to support their many foster animals.