What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com August 2015

Posted by Jennifer on August 6th, 2015
Find lots of tips and instant answers in our Help Library: click here! If you need additional support or have feedback about how we can make our service better for you, we’d love to hear from you! Email Laurie & Jennifer at helpdesk@adoptapet.com. Thank you!
  • Our first two grant recipients of 2015!
  • Apply now for an Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund grant
  • Petco Foundation grant deadline September 1, 2015
  • Purina Shelter Champions: Supporting Your Passion
  • 4 tips for low-stress vet visits

How have the cat/rabbit/pet/horse/dog days of summer been treating your shelter or rescue? We enjoyed meeting a few thousand of you recently at the Best Friends National Conference, and hearing about what’s great (adoption inquiries are up!) and not-so-great (for many of you, donations are down). The Adopt-a-Pet.com team is here to help however we can. If you have any feedback or questions about our site and features, please send us an email at helpdesk@adoptapet.com. Our mission (and passion!) is to you help more homeless pets!

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Our first two grant recipients of 2015!

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So many incredible grant applications are coming in with the most amazing stories of the incredible work you all do helping homeless pets! Our Grant Committee sometimes sounds like those adopters wandering around the kennels saying “I wish we could help them all!” The Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund awarded two $1,000 grants in July.

Congratulations to grant recipient Friends for Life Animal Rescue from Gibert, AZ! Their grant application said, in part, “Recently we have had what we consider an ‘epidemic’ of dogs and cats needing extensive dentals – cleaning, extractions, etc. In addition, in the last 3-4 months we’ve had 4 dogs and 1 cat who have had extensive surgery for repair of hips (and one leg amputation – Mimi – see photo above). We will continue to do these surgeries as needed, but would love additional funds to help offset these unplanned costs.” They also shared a very happy update when we spoke to them this week: Mimi was adopted by a wonderful family, who has a daughter who has a medical condition so she very much bonded with Mimi and her specialness!

Their application also said…

“We track the inquiries we get, and hands-down Adopt-a-Pet.com wins by a 5-1 margin over any other website. We also embedded our Adopt-a-Pet.com pet listings pages onto our website, so that whenever we update our dogs / cats on your site, they automatically change on our website – this has saved our volunteers who manage the websites countless hours of redundant work! Many of the inquiries turn into adoptions – either for the dog that the family inquired about, or someone else they meet when they come to our facility – you have helped us get our dogs and cats into loving forever homes, and therefore also make room for us to take in another homeless dog or cat. Whatever YOU are doing, keep up the good work! You’re helping us get dogs and cats adopted and make room to save more lives!”

See Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s application and photos at
http://shelterblog.adoptapet.com/2015/07/2015-grant-recipient-friends-for-life-animal-rescue/

Read about another Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund grant recipient below!

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Congratulations to Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund grant recipient The Rabbit Haven from Scotts Valley, CA! Their grant application said, in part, “Veterinary expenses (which exclude spay/neuter costs) are the highest contributor to rabbit-specific expenses incurred by The Rabbit Haven. We propose to use the grant funds to establish an “Adopt-a-Pet.com Matching Grant Challenge” pool that would match gift donations from the public for specific veterinary cases, dollar-for-dollar until the grant funding is exhausted.” See The Rabbit Haven’s full grant application, including the stories of the rabbits in the photos above at
http://shelterblog.adoptapet.com/2015/07/2015-grant-recipient-the-rabbit-haven/

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Apply now for an Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund grant

If you haven’t applied yet in 2015 for a grant from the Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund, there’s still time! The Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund is giving away grants of up to $2,000 each. Grants are to help pets in shelters and rescues get the veterinary care they need to go from homeless to adopted. Applications are being accepted now and grants will be awarded monthly through the end of this year. Thanks to compassionate donors and our pet-loving sponsors for making these grants possible! Read the rules and how to apply at www.adoptapet.com/grants

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Petco Foundation grant deadline

Just a reminder that the Petco Foundation’s current grant period endsSeptember 1, 2015! Is your U.S. municipal shelter or nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to making an impactful, lifesaving difference in your community? The Petco Foundation is accepting grants for this grant application period from now through September 1, 2015. See full grant application rules and how to apply at petcofoundation.org.

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Purina Shelter Champions: Supporting Your Passion

You’re doing great work, and Purina wants to help. That’s why Purina created a program dedicated to helping hundreds of small rescue groups nationwide through funding, awareness, and support. To learn more about the perks and qualifications of Purina’s program, head to rallytorescue.org.

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4 tips for low-stress vet visits

Our friends at Bayer are here to help you with your cat adopters and fosters! A study they conducted found that 58 percent say their cat “hates” going to the veterinarian. We know you know how important regular vet visits are for preventative care, to keep cats healthy and happy so they are more likely to stay in their homes. To help you share that knowledge with your cat adopters, and make vet visits easier for them and your cat fosters too, Bayer has put together these four easy tips that you can share.
http://www.petparents.com/show.aspx/cats/cat-health/low-stress-cat-visits?into_cid=EMBAAPB0000000696:1
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Thank you to the wonderful, pet-loving people at Purina, Bayer Animal Health, and the Petco Foundation for supporting all of us in our mission and for making Adopt-a-Pet.com a free service!


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