Cat Lovers Challenged: 'Sell Your Stuff, Save a Life'

 |  May 16th 2011  |   1 Contribution


The author's cat, Siouxsie, staffs the yard sale table at a pet fair sponsored by her local SPCA.

Do you want to support your favorite local shelter or cat rescue, but you don't have the money to make a donation? Now there's a way you can help: clean out your closets and turn your stuff into cash.

In the seventh Be The Change for Pets challenge, animal lovers and rescuers are preparing to host the first-ever Virtual Rummage Sale (also known as a yard sale, garage sale, tag sale, or car boot sale, depending on where you live).

Pet bloggers all over the world will team up for the online sale from May 18 through 25, and then donate the proceeds from their sales to their favorite local shelters or rescue groups.

"We know it's time for spring cleaning," say the organizers. "Let's do it up right and clean out our closets for a good cause!"

Anyone can participate in the event, whether or not they're a pet blogger.

The first step is to make a post on Be The Change's Facebook wall to let the organizers know you have accepted the challenge, say the organizers, then spread the word to everyone you know.

After cleaning out their closets and gathering some things to sell, participants will select an online sale site like eBay, Craigslist, or Etsy (if they're selling hand-crafted items). The organizers will have detailed information about how to post items for sale on the various sites in order to help people who have never sold merchandise online before.

People who want to participate then choose a pet charity as the recipient of their proceeds. For those looking for a shelter or rescue to support, the organizers suggest checking Petfinder to learn more about area animal charities.

"On May 18, post your items for sale on your designated site," say the organizers. "Sales should run until May 25."

Participants can add their sale items to a link list which will appear on the Be The Change blog on Wednesday. When the sale ends a week later, it's time to make the donation.

"Donate the proceeds of your sales to your pet charity of choice." say the organizers. "Then, report your total donation to us on Facebook or in a comment [to this post in the Be The Change for Pets blog] by June 5th so we can announce our collective impact."

For answers to any questions about the challenge, go to the discussion tab on the Be The Change for Pets Facebook page.

Be The Change rummage sale banner

[Source: Be The Change for Pets]

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