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What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in August 2013

Posted by Jennifer on August 8th, 2013
  • Take great photos of shelter pets
  • PetSmart Charities® Spay/Neuter Grants
  • Thank you for your Happy Beginnings stories
  • Purina continues to help feed homeless dogs and cats
We’re always looking for ways to save you time & help you get pets adopted. If you have any ideas or feedback, I’d love to hear from you at jennifer@adoptapet.com. Now, on to your Adopt-a-Pet.com news for August!
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Take great photos of shelter pets
The second issue of “The Real Me” – a free online interactive magazine for shelters and rescues – is now available! It’s packed full of helpful tips and free resources to help you promote a new view of shelter pets. This issue starts out with a recap of the huge potential for pets to be adopted, revealed by a nationwide survey of pet owners. Only 25% acquired their pet from a shelter or rescue! The problem is perception. Portrayals of shelter pets as traumatized, unstable, and unhealthy are discouraging people from adopting them. “The Real Me” offers real solutions: see the before and after of how one shelter transformed a storage space into a pet photo studio. A video, supply list, estimated DIY costs, and six easy steps show you how to transform your own space too. Then there’s more… like a Camera Buying 101, with their pro’s picks of four camera models (three for about $400) that make taking great pet photos easier! You can instantly download the DIY Photo Studio, Photo Studio Makeover, Camera-Buying 101, and 10 Tips for Better Photos to share offline with staff or volunteers. You can request a free kit in the mail too!
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Both issues of “The Real Me” may be found at www.meettherealme.org and were created by Purina ONE® as a free resource for shelters and rescues.

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PetSmart Charities® Spay/Neuter Grants
Need funding for your spay/neuter programs? Our friends over at PetSmart Charities may be able to help! Applications for their 2013 High-Impact Spay/Neuter Grants will be accepted throughSeptember 3. Eligibility for US grant applications include: you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, government agency, or tribal authority. Eligibility for Canadian grant applications include: you must be a registered charity, government agency, or tribal authority. Grants are available for up to $100,000 a year, for up to 2 years ($200,000 maximum). Spay/Neuter grant opportunities are available for: Free Roaming Cat, Targeted, and Clinic Equipment. Clinic Equipment applications are ongoing throughout the year. PetSmart Charities is the largest supporter of spay/neuter initiatives in North America. In 2012, they provided more than $27 million in grant funding to animal welfare organizations. Apply Now! Click here to learn more and view the grant application.
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Thank you for your Happy Beginnings stories
A heartfelt thank you to all of you who sent in your grant applications with your amazing stories and innovative adoption program ideas! We’ve posted the five recipients of the 2013 Happy Beginnings grants here. More of your inspiring stories will be shared on our blog in the weeks to come. Also coming up, some exciting news: we will have even more grants available later this year! We don’t have the full details yet, but stay tuned for an announcement about the reopening the Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund grant program this fall. 
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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 32,843 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 Purina® Pets for 55+, 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.

 

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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!

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 FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest to say a virtual hello!

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