What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in March?

Posted by Abbie on March 4th, 2011

Grand Opening of our new Shelter Knowledge Center!
Adopt-a-Pet.com and our sponsors want to provide you with all the info you need to keep the pets in your care happy and healthy, and help your organization run as efficiently as possible! We’ve assembled dozens of articles from experts in animal sheltering, nutrition, health, adoptions & PR, donations, and behavior in our brand new Shelter Knowledge Center. You can access it from your Admin area from the “Resources” menu option, or share the link http://www.adoptapet.com/shelterblog/ with anyone who may find the content helpful. We will be adding new articles all the time! If you have articles you think would be helpful for other people at shelters and rescue organizations, please send them to Jennifer@Adopt-a-Pet.com, and we’ll post them for all to see!

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Regular Walks Help Shelter Dogs Become More Adoptable

A recent study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior focused on shelter dogs in Vienna, Austria.   Their goal?  To find out what would increase the chances for  long-term shelter dogs getting adopted.  It turns out they were able to conclude and prove that socialization and basic training were found to significantly improve the chance for adoption; however time constraints often do not allow most shelter staff to engage in additional activities with the animals.   The Vienna Shelter tried to come up with a way to help their animals anyway.   They created a ‘‘sponsors of care’’ program designed for each shelter dog to be matched with a sponsor who would be responsible for taking the dog on regular walks.   The shelter even created a training program with a professional trainer for the sponsors to attend, and offered supervision when difficulties arose.

Over the years since this program began in 2003, the number of sponsors working with dogs has increased, many sponsors ended up adopting their shelter dog, and best of all as a result of this program, the number of long-term stays was reduced from 26% to 12% by 2009!  This study proves that taking shelter dogs for walks significantly increases their quality of life as well as their chances for adoption.  If you’re in need of dog-walkers to help your dogs get movin’, use Adopt-a-Pet.com’s volunteer database to find passionate tennis-shoe -wearing folks who are more than willing to hoof it and woof it so that your dogs can become more adoptable, too!  Click here to find volunteers near you, or just click on the “Volunteers” menu at the top of the page!

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Enter to win a Purina Prize Pack and a $50 GIFT CARD by posting your pets!

Congratulations to Humane Society of Cambria County! They are this month’s Purina Prize Pack winner.

Over six months (only two months left!), we will be doing a random drawing among all shelters and rescue groups who have posted a pet for adoption within the 30 days prior to the drawing.  Every month is a new chance to win! Our prize pack right now is being provided by our generous sponsor Purina, and they’ve assembled some fun goodies for you: a drawstring mesh & cooler bag, a plush fleece blanket with carrying strap, a thermos, a pet-friendly map for kids, and a dog bowl. Adopt-a-Pet.com is also adding in a $50 VISA gift card to this month’s prize!

The next drawing will be for shelters and rescue groups who have posted pets between February 16 and March 15th. Post a pet and you’re automatically entered to win!

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And, of course…
As always, we thank the wonderful, pet-loving people at Purina and Bayer Animal Health for supporting all of us in our mission and making Adopt-a-Pet.com a free service!




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