I’ve had this idea for some time that we should do a fundraiser where we get designer doghouses built and donated by local trades/contractors and then auction them off. I finally decided in 2014 that we should do this And so with the help of my realtor pal, George Prazmowski, we started working out the logistics of how to go about this.
This kind of event started in the US under the name Barkitecture, but they’ve copyrighted that name so the first step was to find another name that hadn’t been used. I threw out a request for some brainstorming on Twitter and Facebook and got a list of great names:
Habitat for Hounds
Lifestyles of the Bitch and Famous
Homes for Hounds
Homes with Woofs!
“Help put a Woof over their heads” (I can see this as a tagline!)
For Your Paws Only
In the Doghouse
Bone and Garden
The Canine Condo
Fido’s Dream Home
Homes with Woofs! was the one that we chose. I think it’s great. Graphic designer Chloe Benoit hopped onboard and did our graphics. Brilliant! We had space at City Hall donated by Katherine Hobbs, the then Kitchissippi city councillor, for our event and we partnered up with the Ottawa Humane Society. We ended up with a dozen doghouses and several thousand dollars worth of donated goods for our silent auction. We raised over $ 10,000!
This year, 2016, I decided to bring Homes with Woofs back and do a fundraiser for Natalie Rowe and Gord Campbell, who run a rescue operation in Apple Hill. They have over 100 animals now, everything from a blind pony to a pot-bellied pig who was found in a frozen ditch with a frostbitten tail. It’s a wonderful, healing spot, and they plan to get it registered as a charity. But until they can do that and start fundraising for themselves, I thought Homes with Woofs would be a great opportunity to lend them a hand.
I’ll keep you posted on what we’re up to on the blog. And if you want to volunteer (build, paint, bake, or just hang out) let us know! Spread the word! ~Peggy