Retail Challenge

We need your paws! From May 30 to June 11 you have an opportunity to pawticipate in our mission to help vulnerable animals in our communities. Do you have a store or other retail business? You and your customers can provide vital financial support for the animals at our shelter.

The ‘Paws Up’ Retail Challenge is an ‘ask at the cash’ program where upon checkout, you ask your customers to add a dollar or two to their total purchase, or round up their purchase to the nearest dollar, as a donation to the animals at the Oakville & Milton Humane Society.  Every time a donation is made, you give your customer a paper paw to write their name and then hang it on a dedicated window or wall. Set a goal to cover a window or wall with paws before the end of the challenge on June 12.

Or maybe you have a unique idea for pawticipating in the Retail Challenge – share it with us.

Paws Up Recognition

When you register your business for the Retail Challenge as one of our Paws Up retailers we want to share it with our community.  We’ll mention your business within our social communities that consist of over 30,000 followers and thank you after the campaign in our Fetch e-newsletter.  When you commit to a donation of $500, we will also include your retail location on our Retail and Cause Marketing web page and will encourage our social media followers to support your initiative by shopping local.

Are you ready to accept the Retail Challenge?  Start with Step 1 below.

Step 1: Register your Business

Share the details of your business with us and we will contact you with next steps

Step 2: Share Your Challenge

Spread the word with your customers!  We have sample graphics and text for you

If you prefer to designate an item or items in your location and provide proceeds or a percentage of proceeds in support of Mission Pawsible (typically 10% or more), this is another simple way to help the animals. Or maybe you have a unique idea to share!  We provide you with posters you can use to promote your generosity in your location.  Contact us at for more information.

Chuck’s Story

Participating in the Retail Challenge with your business could change an animal’s life.  An animal like Chuck.  Chuck arrived at the OMHS with unmanaged diabetes. Left untreated, it can lead to weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting, dehydration, problems with motor function, coma, and even death.  After a full examination, Chuck was prescribed a nutritional diet designed specifically for diabetic cats.  Luckily this worked great for Chuck and our team was able to regulate his glucose levels. He no longer needs the insulin and is managed by his diet.  And the best part is, Chuck was recently welcomed into his forever home.  

You can help animals like Chuck here at the shelter!  Register your business for the Retail Challenge to get started.  

Chuck peaking behind a pillow
Chuck lounging