Cozy up for a cause with Valgray’s charity drive

July 11, 2023

Cozy up for a cause with Valgray’s charity drive

It can’t be easy waiting at an animal shelter for your forever family, but when the winter chill sets in, it’s got to be positively miserable. It’s why we run our annual animal rescue charity drives during winter and share tips on how you can make a difference too!

Helping doggos in need is a cause that’s really close to our heart, which is why we have a Valgray charity drive every year. Over the years we have been proud to donate much needed blankets and dog food to the incredible animal rescues you recommended, as well as gifting designer dog collar and leash sets to newly adopted pooches so they can start their new lives in style.

 

What we’re doing

This year we’ll be donating a blanket to F.A.L.L.E.N. Angels Pet Rescue for every Valgray designer collar and leash set we sell. And to spread the warmth, we have a winter special running where we’ll be giving you a FREE dog snood with each set too.

If you haven’t heard of F.A.L.L.E.N. Angels Pet Rescue, this incredible organisation is situated on a farm in Melkbosstrand in the Western Cape and is run by a group of women who are devoted to rescuing, treating and rehoming dogs in need. Not only does this team ensure that the animals in their care get love and attention, they also provide animal therapy to help heal broken souls.

If you’re ready to find your new best friend or are willing to foster a pup in need, we encourage you to check out their website and visit their farm. We know you’ll be as inspired as we were!

 

What you can do 

There are so many ways to help out your favourite animal shelters, even if your budget is stretched. In fact, some of these ideas won’t cost you a cent.  

  1. Clear out: We all have unnecessary items stuffed away in cupboards that we haven’t got around to getting rid of. Well now is the time to track down those old blankets, towels, pillows, cushions and dog beds. While you’re at it, gather together old pet collars, leashes, jerseys and toys – there’s an animal out there that will be delighted with your contributions.
  1. Leftovers: Pulling up an old carpet, taking down a fence or doing renovations? You’ll be surprised at how much an animal shelter will appreciate your leftover building materials and unwanted furnishings. If you don’t have a bakkie to take the materials yourself, give your favourite shelter a call to see if they can collect. 
  1. Reusables: Tossing old newspapers, boxes and bags away? Find a dry corner in your home to store them instead. You’ll find doing a monthly drop off will warm your heart as much as theirs. 
  1. Contribute: We all know that animal shelters are financially strained, but there are ways to help out. Whether it’s setting up a monthly EFT on your banking app, or donating pet food, cleaning material or toys, your contribution may feel small, but it will make a big difference. 

  1. Participate: We all know how much our pooches love cuddles, walkies and playtime and the furry souls in animal shelters are no different. Got specialist skills? Speak to your local organisation about contributing a few hours of your expertise a month. 
  1. Take in: Whether it’s providing a fur baby a forever home or a temporary place to stay while they settle down and adjust to being in a loving environment, bringing an animal into your home will change your life as much as theirs. Speak to your local rescue about whether your family is ready for a new addition.

  1. Spread the word: One of the easiest ways to make a difference in today’s world of social media is in helping to share the message. Make a point to share posts of your favourite rescue organisation, their animals up for adoption and fund-raising events. While you’re at it, encourage your friends and family to get involved too. 

We hope you’ll join us in this winter drive for our animal shelters. Trust us, making a difference will warm your heart just as much as it improves the lives of the cats and dogs in need.

 

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