Still looking for Christmas gift ideas? Several local businesses are partnering with Homeward Pet Adoption Center for a Sip and Shop virtual fundraiser this month.
“Every year we have a number of organizations, especially during the holidays, that come to us and tell us they want to fundraise for Homeward Pet,” said Kim Gorga, communications manager. at Homeward Pet.
Nonprofit staff members thought it would be more effective to consolidate efforts into one big event. Gorga said some Woodinville businesses will donate a portion of their profits to the animal shelter from Nov. 18 to Dec. 18.
“We want people to know about the organizations that support us,” she said.
Homeward Pet is a nonprofit that adopts homeless cats and dogs in the Woodinville area, Gorga said. The organization operates an in-house clinic to meet all the animals’ medical needs, such as amputations and dental care, she added.
The nonprofit organization also runs a food bank to collect pet food for low-income families in the area. More than 1,000 pets are adopted by Homeward Pet each year, Gorga noted.
Peter Sandvig of Woodinville Barrel Works said he was delighted to partner with Homeward Pet for this fundraiser. He had previously donated gifts for the annual winter auction, he said, but this event is much bigger.
Sandvig collaborated with Banner Bank in Woodinville to assemble a wooden Christmas tree from salvaged wine barrels. The public is invited to browse items for sale under the tree, he said, which include pasture boards, dog beds and mirrors, all made from barrels.
He decided to donate the first $1,000 in sales to Homeward Pet, he said. Once the goal is reached, he plans to donate 10% of every sale until December 24.
Special for the sip & shop event, Northwest Cellars designed a Homeward Pet Holiday wine label. In addition, the company will donate 20% of the profits made on each wine purchase. Northwest Cellars offers in-person tastings and online sales at www.northwestcellars.com/wines.
Other local businesses, such as Puddles Barkery and Triplehorn Brewing, donate 10% of all online sales to Homeward Pet. Puddles Barkery offers healthy dog treats made with local ingredients. The brewery, based in Woodinville, accepts pets and produces its own craft beers.
Kim’s Nail addiction and Bee Clean with Kim will contribute 15% of sales to the nonprofit, the website says.
The Pizza Coop Ale House, a family restaurant in Woodinville, plans to donate $25 for every $100 gift card purchase made online at Homeward Pet. FossilEra chose to participate by offering 1% of profits made from online sales between November 18 and December 2.
Another way to support the adoption center is to purchase the Homeward Pet Calendar, which features different pets from the Woodinville community each month. A professional photographer captures the calendar images, Gorga said.
“We try to find every possible way to let people know we are here and we offer several services,” she said.