Archive for August, 2009

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How Kids Can Increase Black Pet Adoptions

Statistics show that black dogs and cats are often the last to be adopted and in many shelters are euthanized more frequently. Kids can become black pet ambassadors. They can develop activities specifically for black pet adoption at school, church, the local shelter, kids’ sports’ teams, etc. Examples could include the following:

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How Shelters Can Find Homes for Black Pets

Animal shelters and animal rescue groups can help black pets’ adoption chances by bringing awareness to your community of the plight of homeless black pets. Many animal lovers are probably not aware of the “black dog syndrome” or never thought about the superstitions concerning black cats. Organize black pet adoption events and activities in your community to help these wonderful pets find their forever homes using these ideas:

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Special Memories of a “Less Adoptable” Pet

Black cats are often passed over at shelters. We’re so glad we had the pleasure of sharing two great years with Zia, a darling black cat we adopted as a tiny kitten through the local shelter. The ideas for increasing black pet adoption are written in honor and memory of that adorable and loving companion. You were such a treasure, Zia.

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Increase Adoptions by Improving Your Website Adoption Pages

Potential pet owners may prescreen adoptable pets online first before visiting the shelter. Each pet needs his own very appealing “brochure” that shines and says “I’m yours.”

If you have several shelters in your area, check what others are doing to be sure your adoption pages are as appealing as theirs. Shelters can ask a team of volunteers to focus on this very important part of the shelter website. Kids with computer and digital photography skills would be excellent volunteers for this project. Establish a special team of animal loving kids to take responsibility for this effort. Use the following ideas to find more forever homes:

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Finding Grants for Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups

Grants to help homeless pets and animal shelters could be a great financial boost. Following are more grant sources for animal shelters. Also link to previous grant articles at the bottom of this post. Be sure to carefully read the stated mission of grantors, their requirements, time frames, etc., before taking time to complete any paperwork. Submit the paperwork as soon as you can.

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