The Simple Dog Story
Hello. My name is Dusty and I'm the founder of Simple Dog fundraisers. In 2009, I began volunteering at the National Mill Dog Rescue just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a new volunteer at NMDR, I learned a lot about the pet trade and commercial dog breeding operations known as puppy mills. I saw first hand how bad the living conditions in puppy mills really are and I was heartbroken to learn how dogs were being used to turn a profit for dog breeders and pet stores selling puppies.
I adopted 2 former puppy mill dogs from the National Mill Dog shelter and began to think of ways to help raise money and awareness for causes I believe in, like puppy mill awareness and the importance of pet adoption.
In November 2009, I designed a Puppy Mill Awareness bumper sticker and from our very simple homemade website, Simple Dog had our first online fundraiser. $5.00 for every sticker sold went as a donation to National Mill Dog Rescue, and just over $75 was raised for their shelter that week.
The donations were great, but the overall response was beyond what I was expecting! Word began to spread about our fun stickers and within the month more than 25 other pet rescues from around the country wanted to earn Simple Dog donations, too. Our buzz.
When our second online fundraiser raised more than $560 for Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue and their special needs Pug named Winston, I knew we were on to something other people also believed in.
Shortly after, we introduced several more items including "I Love My Pit Bull" bumper stickers and magnets which became a best selling item and created a breed following that has donated more than $3,500 to Pit Bull rescues so far! More about our work with Pit Bull rescue.
These are just some of the special needs Pit Bull dogs, rescue and advocacy groups we help.
Simple Dog fundraisers now support more than 150 shelters and advocacy groups across the country and we have donated more than $15,000 to non-profit pet rescues and counting. We raise donations for low cost spay and neuter programs, your favorite dog breed rescue, service dogs for the disabled, local shelters, puppy mill awareness and more.
Our fun collection of pet stickers and magnets save lives because a complete $5.00 for every Simple Dog bumper sticker, magnet and car decal sold goes to the pet rescue you choose!
Because $5.00 for every Simple Dog bumper sticker and magnet sold goes to the approved charity our shoppers choose, supporters know exactly where their donations go. Our online fundraisers are always free for the non-profit agencies we work with, plus shoppers and charities can track real-time donation totals on our website 24/7. Learn more.
As our online fundraisers continue to grow, we require a series of professional upgrades to the Simple Dog interactive website. Our current website is great, but it only allows us to feature a few select charities at a time. More than 25 rescues are now on a waiting list for their Simple Dog fundraiser due to the design limits of our current website.
Without the required upgrades, we will be limited to helping only few charities at a time. An upgraded fundraising platform will allow us to feature many more rescues while also making it easier for donors to find the shelter they want to support, resulting in higher donations for all of the charities we work with.
What We Need and What YOU Get
We asking for your support to expand our operations and our programs, enabling us to meet the needs of pet welfare charities. We are requesting your financial assistance to expand our website and Simple Dog fundraisers. The required updates to our website will allow us to:
- Easily manage existing non-profits and easily add new participating charities
- Feature fundraisers for multiple non-profits simultaneously
- Provide top-notch exposure evenly and fairly among all of our participating charities
- Make it easy for supporters to locate a charity they want to support
- Manage an ever increasing number of charities into the future
WHAT YOU GET: Donate to our IndieGoGo fundraiser today and get special Simple Dog Perks like a fun Dog magnet, Woof car decals for you and your friends PLUS your name on the Simple Dog Donor's Page!
Other Ways You Can Help
- DONATE: You can also donate to your favorite pet rescue by making a bumper sticker or magnet purchase on the Simple Dog website here www.bestpetstickers.com. Make your $5.00 donation by entering the participating non-profit rescue of your choice in our boxes at checkout.
- SHARE: Pass it on! Use the IndieGoGo share tools to share this fundraiser with your pet loving friends and family.
- VOLUNTEER: Contact us online to join the Simple Dog volunteer team, www.bestpetstickers.com/contact_us.