FAQ of the #KibbleChallenge

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What is the “#KibbleChallenge”?

The holidays are a time for giving, but as with all vacation periods, it’s also a time when many pets are surrendered to shelters. There are so many animals in shelters that don’t yet have a family to keep them warm and to celebrate the holidays with. We want to give these animals a big present this Christmas by donating more meals than ever! They should have full tummies too 🙂

That is why we launched the #KibbleChallenge campaign to raise enough funds by the end of the year to donate 1 million meals to animal shelters.

We hope you can find it in your heart to think of pets in shelters this holiday season.

What is YouCare?

YouCare has a long history of helping animal shelters: we’ve been able to donate over 500,000 meals to them so far! We started out in 2018 by creating a free search engine (like Google or Bing) that donates one meal to an animal in a shelter every 45 searches. Since then, we’ve started other projects – like the #KibbleChallenge – to donate even more to dogs, cats, and other pets in shelters.

Where does my donation go?

When you make a donation, our payment platform Stripe takes a small commission to process payment. Apart from this commission, 100% of the money we collect with the #KibbleChallenge will be donated directly to animal shelters.

Donations go to our network of verified animal shelters, chosen for their commitment to animal welfare and their funding needs. For this campaign we will attribute donations based on the location of the payment – so donations from the U.S. will go to American shelters, and French donations will go to French shelters.

Your donations will permit us to expand our existing network of partner shelters and sponsor meals for thousands more animals!

We are an animal shelter that would like to obtain YouCare’s support. Is there a way to sign up?

Yes! You can sign up for our wait list here:

Wait List

We will let you know when we are able to help you out!

Why did you choose to help animals?

Over 6 million animals enter shelters every year in the U.S. alone.

Shelters have several crucial missions:

  • Rescuing and housing abandoned, mistreated, or lost animals
  • Finding loving forever homes for their rescues
  • Promoting animal welfare
  • Targeting animal overpopulation through Spay & Neuter Programs
  • Providing medical care for shelter animals

These actions lead to high costs for shelters. While part of the cost is covered through adoption fees, shelters need donations to make ends meet.

If we can help with 1,000,000 meals we will make a huge difference for these animals in shelters.

By helping cover some of the cost of feeding the animals, shelters can also put other resources towards crucial expenses like medical care.

Also, we are animal lovers ourselves and share our lives with several doggies and kitties, so we care a lot about helping animals!

Is this donation tax-deductible?

We are currently a European non-profit and are working on obtaining our non-profit status in the U.S. For this reason, donations made through this campaign are not tax-deductible in the U.S.

I’d like more information about your partner shelters:

We choose our partner shelters with care. We donate meals to shelters that cannot count with any public funding and that have a proven track record of rescuing animals and implementing successful animal welfare programs.

Our partner shelter list currently includes 25 animal shelters in the United States, France, Belgium, and Switzerland. To see a full map of our partner shelters, click here:

See the Map

Our partner shelters also send us photos of donated meals! You can see all of them in this facebook album:

Donation Photos

Your donations through this campaign will also help us to add more shelters to our partner shelter list.

Are you affiliated with any pet food brands?

No. To ensure that shelters can purchase the food they need and provide their animals with continuity in their diets, we are not affiliated with any pet food brand. We make monetary donations to animal shelters so that they can purchase the food that suits their animals best.

Do you publish proofs of your donations?

Transparency is very important to us. For every donation, we publish a donation certificate on our website that lets you see which shelter we sponsored and track the date and the number of meals. We also publish photos from our partner shelters on our social media. Here is the link to our certificates page:

Donation Certificates

When will donations take place?

We donate to shelters on a monthly basis to make sure that they have regular support to feed the animals in their care. We will start donating money from the #KibbleChallenge in January 2020.

Is my payment to the #KibbleChallenge secure?

Yes! We use Stripe to process our payments. Stripe is certified to the highest industry standards and heavily secures card payments.

What do you do with my email address?

We will use your email address to send your payment confirmation. We won’t use it to send you any junk mail, and we will never sell your information.

How do I get in touch with YouCare?

Please email us at contact@youcare.world