What’s New At Adopt-a-Pet.com in April 2013

Posted by Jennifer on April 4th, 2013
  • New feature: Your adopted pets are now visible to the public
  • New feature: Pet List API for your website
  • Come see us at the Animal Care Expo in Nashville
  • Bird Care guides for shelters and care facilities
  • Purina continues to help feed homeless dogs and cats

We’ve been busy bees behind the scenes adding all these new features and making Adopt-a-Pet.com the best it can be to help you find pets homes. If you need help or have a feature request, I’d love to hear from you at jennifer@adoptapet.com. Now, on to your Adopt-a-Pet.com news for April!


New feature: Your adopted pets are now visible to the public

Over the years, we’ve had many requests to allow you to showcase your adopted pets to your supporters and potential adopters. Now you can choose to if you’d like your adoptedpets be visible or invisible to the public!  To keep them visible, no action is needed – just leave the box checked on the top of your Adopted Pets page (to make them invisible, just uncheck the box): http://www.adoptapet.com/cgi-bin/shelter/pet-reports.cgi/adopted_pets_form

You can find a direct link to your adopted pets here, in case you want to post it on your own site or in your communications: http://www.adoptapet.com/cgi-bin/shelter/index.cgi/listing_links


New feature: Pet List API 

Do you have a website programmer or advanced coding skills? You asked for it, we added it: a Pet List API for JSON or XML. The API is code that allows you to create a highly customized list of your adoptable pets or a pet search on your website. Here’s how: http://www.adoptapet.com/shelter/portable_pet_list_api

Of course, even without any technical skills, you can still use our easy copy-and-paste pet list generator tool to add your adoptable pet list to your website: http://www.adoptapet.com/shelter/portable_pet_list/create


Come see us at the Animal Care Expo in Nashville

We’re looking forward to meeting many of you at the Expo! Come by our booth #604 in the exhibit hall to meet some of our team: David, our co-founder and President, Dana, our Director of Marketing, Pia, our spokesperson, and Jennifer, our Director of Shelter Outreach. We’ll be there May 8th, 9th, and 10th. Hope to see you there!

Bird how-to guides for shelters and care facilities

Thanks to the fantastic organization Avian Welfare, who understand that bird care isn’t necessarily second nature to shelter staff and volunteers.  They’ve created a new series of informative pamphlets that are designed to help shelters and care facilities tend to the short-term care and housing needs of birds in a shelter setting.  This is a terrific resource for anyone who cares for birds. You can download any of these free PDF pamphlets at http://www.avianwelfare.org/shelters


Purina continues to help feed homeless dogs and cats
Our friends at Purina® Pets for People continue to help shelters and rescue groups with donations feeding 11,312 dogs and cats so far in 2013!

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 2012, 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! That’s all our news for this month. We’d love to hear what’s going on with you too, so please stop by our pages on Facebook and Twitter to say a virtual hello!
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