What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in August 2012

Posted by Jennifer on August 7th, 2012

Get volunteer help: post your volunteer opportunities
Have you used the Adopt-a-Pet.com volunteer-opportunity posting feature yet? You can easily add your shelter or rescue’s volunteer opportunities to get the volunteer help you need! You can post ongoing help needs (like foster homes), short-term projects, or a one-time opportunity. There are 26,000 volunteers registered and waiting to help you!

When a volunteer sees your opportunity and indicates that they want to help you, we’ll send you an email with a link to their volunteer profile, so you can see all their details and contact them directly by email or phone.

You can post your volunteer opportunities here:

40 New Billboards getting Miami pets seen & adopted!

We’re thrilled to have launched our fifth regional pet-adoption campaign this week, this time in Miami! We ran previous campaigns in Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix, and Kansas City, and hope to be coming to your area in the future. With help from Mark Buehrle and John Buck of the Miami Marlins, our current major pet-adoption campaign is blitzing Miami with more than 40 billboards and two online public service announcements.  The message is clear: Adopt a pet. You can see the billboards and watch the PSAs here:

Send us your inspirational photos
We would love to share your inspirational photos and stories with hundreds of thousands of Adopt-a-Pet.com fans, to show them how all of the amazing work you do helps pets and the people that love them! We will post your photos and stories of why they are inspirational over time on our Facebook page, in our newsletter, and on our blog. We will include a link and credit your organization. To submit your photos & stories for consideration, please email the photos as JPG attachments and the story as text within an email to dana@adoptapet.com.  Please be sure to tell us the name of the pet(s) pictured.

2012 Veterinary Care Fund Grants

Congratulations to last month’s recipients of a $1,000 Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund Grant!  You can see the grant submission stories and photos from AARF in VA, KittyMOM, A Paw Up in WA, Cullen’s Archangel RescuE in SC, and Shepherds Hope Rescue in NY, along with some heartwarming updates from last year’s grant receipients at

There are still 13 more $1,000 grants to be awarded, one each week for the next 13 weeks! If you sent in a grant submission last year, it is still valid, so you do not need to send in a duplicate submission again. If did not apply last year, you can apply here:

$6.9 Million in Purina donations to shelters & rescues

The passionate pet-lovers at Purina donate thousands of dollars and tons (literally!) of food, treats, and litter every year to help shelters and rescues across the U.S. feed and care for tens of thousands of pets. As of July 31, donations have been made of $6,971,446 from plants donating excess pet food & litter locally, as well as to farther distances through the Pets for People donation program. Pets for People donations of surplus (the excessive overages that plants cannot distribute on their own) have gone to 764 shelters and foster/rescue groups, feeding approximately 72,141 Dogs and Cats so far in 2012. Since the official start of the program in 2010, Pets for People have fed homeless dogs and cats in 44 states! In addition, Purina Pets for Seniors has provided 2,350 free adoptions so far this year, exceeding expectations of mid-year projections.

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® PetWelfare 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.


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!

That’s all our news for this month. Did you miss a past “What’s New” update? You can access all past issues in The Archives click here. We’d love to hear what’s going on with you too, so please stop by our pages on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Adoptapetcom and Twitter http://twitter.com/TweetACritter/ and say a virtual hello!

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