What’s new at Adopt-a-Pet.com in October 2014

Posted by Jennifer on October 3rd, 2014
  • Your pets can appear on AllPaws and/or Overstock *New* 
  • Visit our booth at the Best Friends Conference October 23-25
  • More Veterinary Care Fund grants added!
  • Featured feature: New volunteer email alerts
  • Purina continues to help homeless dogs and cats

Fall brings cooler weather and fewer baby animals (yay!) for many of you, and this year fall brings more partner sites and more grants for all of you! If that brings up any questions, please reply to this email helpdesk@adoptapet.com as we always look forward to hearing from you.


Your pets can appear on AllPaws and/or Overstock

We’re happy to announce two new partner sites launching soon! 10/21/14 Update: AllPaws has launched, and Overstock will be launching within the next few weeks! Both AllPaws and Overstock only display pets from shelters and rescues. Both let their visitors search adoptable pets and then contact you directly by email and/or phone as you’ve indicated on your Adopt-a-Pet.com Shelter/Rescue Info page.

Partner sites can get your pets seen by even more potential adopters with no extra effort on your part. As always, we give you control over where your pets are being seen. You can opt out of your pets being displayed on the AllPaws and/or Overstock websites before we launch with them next week, and you can update your choice instantly at any time in the future too. See your Partners choices and your public contact info on your Shelter/Rescue Info page at:







More grants added for October and November!

Great news! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors, we’ve been able to add $2,000 more to our Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund! That brings the total we’re giving away in 2014 to U.S. and Canadian shelters and rescues to $12,000 — and the grant grand total since 2011 to $98,000! We are so grateful to be able to help that many pets get healthy and adopted. Thank you for all you do!

Here’s some more good news: If you already applied for a Veterinary Care Fund grant in 2014, you do NOT need to reapply to be eligible for the additional grant funds. You just need to continue to keep your Adopt-a-Pet.com Pet List active in October, November, and December. We’ve made it that easy! We know how busy you are and hope this helps you by not adding more work to your already overflowing plate. You can update or reapply if you like, but it is not required and will not improve your chances at receiving a grant as only one application per active Adopt-a-Pet.com account is eligible per grant period. Full eligibility details on our grant application page here.

We will be awarding the remaining grant funds in October, November, and December. We just posted four more grant recipients, and will be posting more too, after we contact them. You can see the latest grant recipients at http://shelterblog.adoptapet.com/category/veterinary-care-fund/

Veterinary Care Fund


Featured feature: New volunteer email alerts

“We’ve found new volunteers for you” says the subject line of our automated new Volunteers in Your Area email alerts we can send to you. In each email are one or more new volunteers. You just click the volunteer’s name in the email to see their profile and if they might be a good match for your organization. The volunteer’s direct email and phone are displayed if you want to contact them. If you don’t, no problem! Volunteers don’t know who receives the alerts, so you can simply delete any emails for volunteers who aren’t a match, no reply needed.

Look for the checkbox in the Contact Preferences for “Volunteers in Your Area” that says “I would like to receive emails when new volunteers and fosters in my area (within 50 miles) sign up in the Adopt-a-Pet.com volunteer database.” The mile radius is determined by zip code, so you may get some volunteers a bit farther than that too.

Each of your Pet Publicists (i.e. admin logins) can choose to opt in or out of volunteer alerts at any time on their “My Pet Publicist Info” page at

There are on average 250 new volunteers registering each week, spread across the US and Canada, so some weeks you may get multiple volunteers while other weeks you may not get any. In total our volunteer database now has over 42,000 volunteers registered to help you! You can also always search the volunteer database from the “Volunteers” menu after you log in, if you have a specific need like for foster homes or grant writers, and you can email all matches at once after using the Volunteers search too.

Need help, have questions or feedback about this feature? Email helpdesk@adoptapet.com and Jennifer or Laurie are here to help you!



Found Animals Microchips

The Found Animals Registry was built for one reason: all lost pets deserves to find their way home. As a nonprofit organization, they offer low-cost microchips and 100% free registration in support of that vision. Email Found Animals at microchipsales@found.org to learn more.


Purina continues to help homeless dogs and cats

Our friends at Purina® continue to help remove barriers to adoption by changing perceptions of shelter pets!  One way that Purina supports shelters is through partnerships with Shelter-Me Photography and the Shelter Arts Foundation.  These organizations are dedicated to training shelter staff and volunteers to get the very best photo of every pet that is available for adoption.  You can learn more about this effort at www.meettherealme.org.



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 pro page on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest to say a virtual hello.

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