2021 has been a challenging year for many, and for Peppertree, this has meant fundraising difficulties due to COVID-19, as well as an increase in medical bills. This event is important to us - not only do we need the financial support, we also miss the connection and the community spirit. Our Virtual Furry Fun Run/Walk's goal is to bring them all together. Registration will be open now through September 18th when our event kicks off. You will have two weeks to achieve your fitness goals, and from registration forward to start building towards your fundraising goal though. Aim high!
Our average cost per dog in 2020 was over $1000 and our adoption fee is just $250, which means we need to raise $750 per dog to see them in their new homes. We expect our average cost to be even higher this year. Our goal for our Virtual Furry Fun Run/Walk is to get at least 100 people to raise $150 for Peppertree, bringing in $15,000 for our program. That is about two months of operating expenses - but can we do more? Oh, we really hope we can - it would be a much needed and appreciated surprise.
Please register! Not only will you be helping Peppertree and have a fun way to work toward your fitness goals, you will also be joining our virtual community. We plan to have small contests to keep us all entertained and motivated, and we will be offering prizes not only for fitness, but for fundraising. There will be pictures, there will be cheering, there will be dogs in costumes! While we wish we could be doing this in person, we are going to do all we can to bring the spirit of our Furry Fun Run/Walk online and keep our community going.
  • Top Three Fundraisers - $50 Amazon e-Card
  • Team Captain who creates the biggest team in the first two weeks of registration - $25 Amazon e-Card
  • Top Three Fitness Individuals - $30 Amazon e-card
  • Most kilometers walked in the first week - $25 Amazon e-card
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All winners will be determined through the Charity Footprints portal. Peppertree Rescue reserves the right to change the rules, and winners must provide an e-mail address to receive their e-card through Amazon.
COMPLETED: 1,224 miles
TARGET: 1,000 miles
RAISED: $ 7,005
TARGET: $ 10,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
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The primary purpose of Peppertree Rescue, Inc. is to help find homes for dogs in need which represent the character and temperament commonly associated with Golden Retrievers: friendliness, intelligence and a peaceful, loving nature. We help dogs regardless of age, breed, size or health - our main focus is temperament and finding great dogs great homes.

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How Your Participation Helps
Peppertree Rescue, Inc. is a dog rescue in Albany, NY focused on helping dogs of golden temperament - we take dogs regardless of age, breed, size or health - our focus is finding great dogs great homes.

In 2020 our average cost per dog was over $1000, our adoption fee is just $250. Raising money is crucial to our mission, without your support we could not provide what our dogs need to find their forever homes.

Your money will go to medical expenses, food, transport, and sometimes even training. We do all we can to support our dogs and our adopters.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.