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

Posted by Jennifer on June 7th, 2012

2012 Veterinary Care Fund Grant Program – Now Open!
Thanks to compassionate fans who “liked” the Adopt-a-Pet.com Facebook page, we are happy to announce that we have $20,000 in our 2012 Veterinary Care Fund, which we’ll be giving away to Adopt-a-Pet.com shelters and rescues to be used to offset veterinary costs! We’ll be awarding one $1,000 grant each week for 20 weeks.

If you sent in a grant submission last year, it is STILL VALID – you do NOT need to send in a duplicate submission again. If did not apply last year, you can APPLY HERE.

We’ll be announcing the recipients in each monthly shelter newsletter (and, of course, we’ll contact the recipients directly as well).  Thank you so much for all you do!  We’re proud to be able to help you with your life-saving work.


Our New PSA: Spreading the Word About Shelter Pets’ Potential With Help From a Baseball Superstar

We are VERY excited to announce our new public service announcement, starring Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle. We call it “Potential”, and you can see why:

The ad compares Buehrle’s humble baseball beginnings (he was cut from his high school baseball team twice, but went on to accomplish amazing feats) with the story of a shelter pet who became a life-saving hero. “The theme of ‘potential’ is important, because many people have a belief that shelter pets are inherently broken or faulty in some way. Nothing could be further from the truth,” says Jamie Buehrle, Mark’s wife, who partnered with our executive director Abbie Moore to develop the concept for the ad. Abbie adds, “We wanted people to ask themselves, ‘What if nobody had seen Mark Buehrle’s potential?’ He wouldn’t have pitched a perfect game, a no-hitter, had an incredible career filled with accomplishments. By the same token, people need to see the amazing potential in every pet in the shelter.”

Help us share the message of shelter pets potential by sharing the YouTube link, and watch for it airing nationwide!


Bonded Pairs Now Searchable by Adopters

You asked for it, we added it! Now adopters can search for bonded pairs of pets to adopt. All they need to do is check the “Part of a Bonded Pair” box on the search page for dogs, cats, horses, small animals, reptiles, fish, farm animals, or rabbits. Pets that are part of a bonded pair show up first in their search results, and other pets that match the rest of their search criteria show up below that.

To have your bonded pairs of pets seen by those potential adopters, check the “Part of a Bonded Pair” box when you add or edit a pet. Pets can be bonded to any type of pet, so no matter what their species, if they are best buddies, you can bond them.

If you use software that AutoUploads your pets, you can take advantage of this feature on Adopt-a-Pet.com. Log in to your Adopt-a-Pet.com account, click on your Pet List, and then on one of the pets that is part of the bonded pair. Check the “Part of a Bonded Pair” box, select their buddy, and click Update. Since every software program is different, please contact jennifer@adoptapet.com if you have questions about this feature.


Do Your Adopters Need Dog Training Help?

Do your adopters come to you with training questions about their new pup? If you need help supporting adopters when it comes to dog behavior, you can now refer them to a free online resource: “AskKatya” with Adopt-a-Pet.com’s resident dog trainer, Katya Lidsky! Just direct your adopters to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/adoptapetcom) where they can post their question along with the word “AskKatya”, or they can tweet it with the #AskKatya hashtag. We will respond to every question.

And once a week, Katya will randomly choose a question and respond with a video like this one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9pxNzSSX9k. We hope this will help you keep your adopted pets in loving, happy homes.


Purina Pets for People Donated to 387 Shelters & Rescues!

The passionate pet-lovers at Purina donate 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. In the last three months, their Pets for People program donated 444,828 lbs. of Beneful, Purina One, Mighty Dog, Friskies, Fancy Feast, Tidy Cat Litter, Pro Plan Dog Food and Beggin’ Dog Treats to 387 different animal welfare organizations in 15 different states!


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.


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 and say a virtual hello! We’d love to hear from you!

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