365 New Orleans: Raffles For Rescues


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I was running an errand at Big Lots, but there he was with his big brown eyes sitting outside of the PetSmart next door. The lady outside told me that he was in need of a foster home. I was in the process of selling my first business & figured “why not?” I have the space, and the means, to take in a homeless animal until it can find it’s forever home.

As I got more involved with the rescue, I began to realize how huge of an epidemic we have on our hands. Irresponsible people are allowing their pets to breed at an alarming rate & rescues are barely able to keep up.

Aside from choosing what animals to save, the most daunting problem that a rescue faces is fundraising. With my business background, I saw how I could work with rescues to ease some of the strain.

With that, Raffles for Rescues was born! Now, people with a little extra cash can donate it to the rescue of their choice and have a chance to win a fantastic prize. Every raffle will provide at least $100 worth of funds to the rescue it’s benefiting!



1. What products and services do you offer? 

I conduct raffles for animal rescues to help them raise funds. See them all at www.rafflesforrescues.org/shop


2. How long have you been in business? 

Just over a year!


3. How do people find you online? 

It started as a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2513765885515327/), and I was only running it for one rescue – Rolling River Ranch. But, other rescues approached me about helping them, too, so I opened up the group to outside rescues. In the area, I’ve added Take Paws, Zeus’ Rescue, Bluetails, Whoa Nellie Great Dane Rescue & many more.

When it grew to be too large to handle as I was, I built a website to help me keep track of the ticket sales – www.rafflesforrescue.org – and now I am up to 40+ rescues we fund raise for every day.

Now we are completely word of mouth along with relying on people to invite their friends to the Facebook group. I am starting to venture outside of Facebook & on to other social media platforms like Instagram @raffles_4_rescues & Twitter @Raffles4Rescues. Hopefully, we will reach new donors by doing so.


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

I have a pending application a 501c3 Non-Profit of my own called Rescue Relief, both to manage Raffles for Rescue but also to start my Spay the Nation campaign providing no/few questions asked, FREE spays to anyone with a dog/cat that needs it. I hope to have volunteers eventually that will help pet owners by picking up their pet & sitting with them until the pet owner gets home, too, so that work cannot be a factor in not getting your pet fixed. My rescue relief website isn’t live yet, but in the meantime, if someone would like to apply, they can send me an email at rafflesforrescues.ericastacy@gmail.com

There are many low-cost programs, but even then people put it off. We will never get anywhere with our homeless pet epidemic without slowing down reproduction. That’s the funny thing about non-profit work. You work to put yourself out of business & then tackle the next issue that lights a fire in you. It’s exhilarating.


To buy a raffle ticket and support many amazing animal rescues, head to their website!



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