CAHS Fundraising Events

Smooch A Pooch

Are you looking for that purr-fect gift for Valentine’s Day? One that is meaningful, and not a gift that everyone will receive?

Look no further! CAHS is asking you to SKIP THE ROSES, and SMOOCH A POOCH! For $50, your loved one will receive a 1/2 hour visit from one of our pooches, a box of candy, and a stick foil balloon, on Wednesday, February 12 or Thursday, February 13. We will make a visit to your sweetie on Valentine’s Day for $100. Not only will this gift be something your sweetheart will talk about fur-ever, you will help to provide food, shelter, and medical care to our homeless pets at CAHS.

Visits can be scheduled from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on February 12 and 13, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on February 14. CAHS staff will travel up to 20 miles from the shelter, located at 7095 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing. Visits further than 20 miles will be up to the discretion of staff and will have an extra fee associated with it. Please note that we have limited smooches, and this opportunity will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email for more information, or to schedule this PAW-SOME gift.

Fur Ball

The Fur Ball Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year. The evening features a formal dinner, raffle, live and silent auctions, as well as the ultimate Doggy Spa for those pampered pooches in attendance. The live and silent auctions are a key component in helping the Fur Ball to raise the money needed to save more lives of homeless and abandoned pets in Mid-Michigan.

Save the date for our 17th Annual Fur Ball presented by Grewal Law, PLLC on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

Walk for the Animals

The Walk for the Animals is our second largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds used to save the lives of pets in Mid-Michigan. The event features a 1-mile walk through the park, demonstrations, vendors, doggy costume contest, doggy ice cream eating contest, raffles, and much more. The Walk for the Animals was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. We raised over $75,000 for the animals at CAHS. Thank you to everyone who raised money, sponsored, attended, and volunteered!

Open House

Our annual Holiday Open House was held on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Santa stopped by to take pictures with patrons and their pets, and there was a huge bake sale full of delicious sweets and doggy treats, along with refreshments for everyone who stopped by the shelter. It was a great day for adoptions as well. Our 2020 Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Host Your Own Fundraising Event

Individuals and Families

We are amazed to see how creative and supportive our community has been in helping raise money and items in support of the homeless animals here at CAHS. You don’t need prior approval from us if you are running an individual fundraiser. The following are some past strategies people have used to help out.

  • Organize a bake sale to raise money
  • Have proceeds from your garage sale support CAHS
  • Children can run a lemonade stand with profits benefiting the animals
  • Donate money in place of the cost for take-home gifts at your wedding and instead have table tents explaining your choice to support homeless animals
  • For a birthday party, ask guests to bring items from the CAHS WISH LIST in place of gifts

You are not limited to these ideas – be as creative as you like!


If you own or work for a business that would like to get involved with fundraising for the animals or in a co-promotion event, please contact our Development Coordinator, Jessica Schultz, at

If you are interested in hosting a Third Party Fundraiser or collecting donations for CAHS, please see the form and policies below.

CLICK HERE for our Third Party Fundraising Form.
CLICK HERE for our Third Party Fundraising Policies.