Pris Austin is the director of an animal shelter called Los Adoptables in Mexico. In celebration of her birthday, she began a new initiative to get donations of dog food for the shelter. When the initiative came up short this year, she flocked to social media to get some help and people responded in droves!
Founded in October 2016, Los Adoptables is located in Ensenada, Mexico. The shelter helps to rescue dogs and cats and works tirelessly to find forever homes for them. Los Adoptables is also key in helping the community learn how to properly take care of animals.“I’ve been doing this for over three years. But my dad always worked in vet offices and I helped him with ranch animals since forever,” Pris said in an interview with Bored Panda. “We started the shelter when a lady was no longer capable of taking care of some dogs she rescued. She had 177 dogs when we stepped in. The goal was to find a home for those dogs but then [it] evolved into a proper shelter.”
Currently, the shelter has 45 dogs and 9 cats. Though the work is hard, Pris loves it and is fulfilled by the work that she and her team do. However, it can be hard getting donations for the proper supplies that these animals need. To help combat that, Pris came up with an interesting campaign that would fall around her birthday.
A Unique Idea
Last year, Pris came up with a special and fun idea to get donations for dog food. “I was at Costco getting the dog food like five days before my birthday and someone was texting me what do you want for your birthday,” she said. “So I said dog food, but then I was trying to get the community involved so I figured [I would make] a “Bag of Dog Food Throne.” She would create a makeshift birthday throne with all of the donations and post the progress for all of the shelter’s supporters to see. The campaign was a huge success and helped bring in enough dog food to last the shelter for a while.
Before her birthday this year, Pris promoted the same idea. However, five days before her birthday, Pris had only received one bag of donated dog food. She then posted a sad picture of her sitting on a single bag of dog food, asking supporters to “think of the puppies.” She would post pictures of the dogs as well to show their loving faces. Slowly but surely, the donations came rolling in and Pris was able to build her throne right in time for her birthday! Los Adoptables received 41 bags in about a week.
In her role as director, Pris has had other tricks up her sleeve to help raise money and get supplies for the shelter. She once came up with the idea to let people cut a lock of her hair if they donated $5 to the shelter. The fun idea helped raise $200 for Los Adoptables. The shelter also has an “adoption tree” on the side of the building that highlights monthly sponsors and has tiny paws to represent the number of animals that have been adopted.
These special ideas help make the community feel more inclined to support the great work that the shelter is doing. Pris is grateful for any help that they get. “I feel any amount we get out of any “campaign” we do is a success. It’s cash we didn’t have before,” she shared. “We only use PR money for Facebook for events and, thanks to the people that support us, we’ve never had an unsuccessful event,” she said.
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