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

Posted by Jennifer on September 8th, 2011

A message from Bayer Animal Health: Lost Pets Need Your Help!
Every year, millions of pets get lost and many without proper ID are never returned to their families. We know how hard you all work for the lost and found pets that come through your doors. We’re excited to tell you about the new LinkedforLife™ community designed to link animals to a lifetime of love! The goal is to help reunite lost pets with their families and to help find more great homes for animals in need.

How It Works
Among many other supportive features, LinkedforLife™ sends online lost pet alerts out to clinics, shelters, registered pet lovers and social media communities. In addition, an aggregation of all lost pets reported in your area is captured in a gallery format so that you can reference it in the event you come across a lost pet. This community is free for all pet owners to use. It was created by Bayer’s resQ® microchip in an effort to create awareness for pet identification and pet adoption. This is a powerful tool in helping lost animals get back to their families and keeping adopted pets in happy homes. We know this will support all the great work you do and we hope we start to see an increase in lost pets finding their way back home.

What You Can To Do to Help
By registering at the Lost Pet Command Center now, you’ll start receiving the alerts. Let’s keep working hard together so that we can see a day when every pet has a happy home – and stays there! Please register today.


An easy way to create & send e-newsletters!
Does a lack of time keep you from staying in touch with your adopters and supporters?  Do you wish you had an easy and affordable way to craft and send newsletters?  We have good news — now there’s a way to quickly put together great newsletters using great articles Adopt-a-Pet.com has already written for you along with your own content, and a great tool to send those newsletters out!

We’ve partnered with the animal-loving folks at MessageSherpa to provide you with an online service to make it quick and easy to communicate with your adopters, volunteers and supporters. By using the MessageSherpa service you can put together great email newsletters in just minutes, and even embed your adoptable pet photos and information with just a click. No time to write newsletter articles? No problem! Like we said, this tool give you access to hundreds of articles from the Adopt-a-Pet.com library, and you can insert them into your own email newsletters or bulletins with just a click.  Sending regular newsletters is a great way to turn adopters into supporters (and vice-versa), turn supporters into volunteers and donors, and turn donors into repeat donors!

We’ve worked closely with MessageSherpa to make this tool super easy to use – and also to be able to offer you not only free setup AND free professional graphic design of your newsletter template (they can incorporate photos or your logo too), but also a “Forever Free Account” if you send under 500 emails a month! They are offering discounted plans for those of you who have more subscribers, too. We want you to know that Adopt-a-Pet.com does not benefit financially in any way: any subscription fees are paid directly to MessageSherpa. We partnered with MessageSherpa simply in order to give shelters and rescues a great tool to help you in the life-saving work you do.

You can try MessageSherpa for free (no credit card required) and send up to 500 emails each month for free too. Just fill out this simple form. If you have any questions, contact Chris Donley at Message Sherpa: chrisdonley@messagesherpa.com or call (508) 524-2584.


PetPal Manager – a new animal sheltering software!
The staff here at Adopt-a-Pet.com knows how little extra time shelter and rescue volunteers and staff have, so when we come across a product or service that can help you save time while doing your animal life-saving work more efficiently, we’re going to test it out and tell you about it!

PetPal Manager is web, desktop, or mobile rescue and shelter management software solution – currently being offered for just $25 per year! PetPal Manager offer the rescue the ability to customize which pieces they use and which ones they don’t. Its a ‘take all you want, but use what you take’ application.” They seem to be adding new modules and features all the time, but some of what you can do with it includes keeping track of your shelter’s or rescue’s pets including their medical records, photos, videos, notes, training and adopter info. Of course our favorite feature is how easily you can set up your PetPal to automatically upload your adoptable pets to Adopt-a-Pet.com!

Find out more at http://petpalmanager.com


New partner for your pets: Rally to Rescue® on Facebook!
We are always looking for ways to get your pets for adoption seen by even more adopters, and thanks to our friends at  Purina® Pro Plan®, here’s a big new one! With no extra effort on your part, adopters near you will soon see your dogs and cats up for adoption on the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rallytorescue.  Their page has over 176,000 fans!  Fans and visitors will be able to run a dog or cat search, see all adoptable pet listing photos and stories, and get your contact information without leaving Facebook.  You’ll see this new partner checkbox on your “My Shelter/Rescue Info” page in your Adopt-a-Pet.com admin area. Like all our partners, you are welcome to opt in or out at any time just by checking or unchecking the checkbox, and clicking the update button.


Congratulations to the latest winners of the Veterinary Care Fund grants!
Congratulations to the latest winners of a $2,000 grant from the Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund: Precious Paws Asian and Small Breed Dog Rescue, Here Kitty Kitty Adoptions, and Gateway Pet Guardians. Read their grant applications and see the photos of the animals these  grants will be helping here: http://www.adoptapet.com/shelterblog/2011/06/veterinary-care-fund-grants/ A new grant will be being awarded each week over the next 14 weeks, so you still have 14 more chances. If you haven’t applied yet, you can do so using the link above.

We’re receiving so many wonderful submissions! We are so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted. We’re sharing many of the submissions (not just the winners) on our shelter blog, you can see new ones added each week here: http://www.adoptapet.com/shelterblog/category/veterinary-care-fund/


Thank you Purina Fancy Feast!
We just want to say thank you to Purina Fancy Feast. They recently held their TasteMakers Contest inviting people to submit an entry that could inspire the next Elegant Medleys® entree, and invited people to vote for the winner. As a part of the contest, Fancy Feast has made a generous donation of $25,000 to help Adopt-a-Pet.com expand our efforts to help get your pets adopted. Thanks so much for all the work you do, and thanks to Fancy Feast for their support of our efforts!


Need Food Donations? Purina Pets For People May Be Able To Help!
Purina’s support of animal welfare takes the form of Animal Welfare Support programs for non-profit organizations, described in detail on www.PetsforPeople.com. Their programs such as; Pets for Seniors, Pro Plan® Rally to Rescue® and the Purina ONE® Pet Welfare Program are dedicated to providing support for local animal welfare organizations in their efforts to find homes for adoptable animals.

Occasionally the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company may have food donations available in your area. When you register your organization on www.PetsforPeople.com you will be automatically considered for any food donations that become available near you. During 2010, Purina donated more than $13 million in pet food and litter. In addition, should your organization be affected by a natural disaster, Purina may be able to provide food to help feed your organization’s animals during your time of need.


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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