The sight of Raju taking a dip in his pool gives optimism to elephant lovers around the world. For many, getting to India to see Raju’s new life of freedom first-hand is difficult, so for this touching scene to be captured in print is an extraordinary gift. The photo of Raju in his pool is just one of the amazing auction items for “Bid to Be Wild,” the Wildlife SOS Spring 2016 Auction.
In spring of 2014 we held our first online auction fundraiser. It was a huge success and the funds raised are vital to the organization. Last year the auction raised even more money allowing us to continue the care of our existing animals and help fund the rescue of additional animals who are in desperate need.
We aim to make the Spring 2016 Auction our best yet! The online auction is scheduled for April 18th-28th. Items available for auction include footprints of rescued elephants, gift cards for restaurants, events, and shops around the world, animal photographs and paintings, and artisan crafts.
In addition to the auction items, people will have a chance to “Fill a Need” at the rescue centers. Auction visitors can purchase specific items such as a floating tube for an elephant’s pool, a hammock for a sloth bear to lounge, and so much more.
We’ll also have a selection of “Buy Now” items including elephant pendants featuring one of the elephants at the rescue centers, and scarves and purses made by Indian women in our women empowerment programs.
All proceeds from the auction will be used to help care for and protect animals in India. We are very grateful to the artists and businesses that donated to this event. It is heartwarming to see people from all over the world supporting our cause.
We’ll be posting a link in the coming weeks so that you can start previewing the items, but in the meantime please save the date… the auction will be held April 18th-28th.