Category Archives: shelter

Partnering with Small Businesses to Help Raise Money for Homeless Pets


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If you’re running a non-profit organization, you already know how important connecting with the community is. Don’t hesitate to reach out to local businesses for help with fundraising or other efforts. Below are three ways that local companies might be able to contribute: 1.) Sponsorship: If you’re planning a 5K, an auction, or another fundraising event, consider adding sponsorship tiers for businesses to contribute. In exchange for sponsorship, a business’s logo might be displayed on t-shirts, flyers, or other promotional […]

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9-Year-Old Raises Money for Shelter Dogs Instead of Asking for Birthday Presents


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Most kids don’t ask for donations in lieu of presents for their 9th birthday, but Ethan Katz is an exception. Ethan is a dog lover at heart and his birthday wish was to save the lives of shelter dogs. With the help of his mother, Lisa Pezzoli Katz, Ethan designed and sold t-shirts to raise money for City Dog Rescue, a local non-profit organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters. Ethan’s original goal was to sell 70 shirts, but ended […]

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!


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It’s not too late to spread the word about Adopt a Shelter Cat month! Of course, there are so many animals in need of homes all year long, but this is month to pay special attention to what shelter cats have to offer. Choosing to adopt a feline companion from a shelter has a lot of perks. The shelter staff can help match you with the perfect cat based on your own personality and lifestyle. Additionally, most shelter cats come […]

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Four Ways to Increase Donations from Existing Donors


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Seeking out new donors is one part of every successful organization’s fundraising strategy, but it’s also important not to forget about your existing donors. You’ve already done the hard part with people who have donated in the past – you’ve convinced them that your cause is worth contributing to. Be sure to keep up a relationship with your donors to ensure continued support. Below are some suggestions for increasing donations: 1.)    Follow up: If a donor contributed at one of […]

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Friends of Campbell County Animal Control Invites Families to Volunteer Together


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Our Friends of Campbell County Animal Control group, located in Virginia, has increased volunteers by opening up dog walking opportunities at the local county animal control facility to families who want to show their children the many joys that result from helping others. We are one of the few family-friendly volunteer opportunities in the area. We do require that families supervise their youngsters at all times, sign a hold harmless agreement, and participate in a one hour orientation. Many families […]

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Treating Sarcoptic Mange in a Shelter Setting


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Sarcoptic mange, also known as scabies, is a skin condition caused by sarcoptic mange mite (Sarcoptes scabei) infestations. These white, oval-shaped, microscopic arachnids reside on and eat the skin of their animal host. Sarcoptic mange mites can infest humans and cats, but are more common and persistent on dogs. What is often called sarcoptic mange on cats is usually a similar condition with the same treatment protocols—notoedric mange—caused by a related mite, Notoedres cati. Transmission of Sarcoptic Mange Mites In […]

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Which Calicivirus is to Blame in a Shelter Outbreak?


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Differentiating between “regular” feline calicivirus (FCV) and virulent systemic feline calicivirus (VS-FCV) during an outbreak of disease in a shelter is not a straightforward endeavor. Typically, FCV causes some combination of *fever *sneezing *discharge from the eyes and nose *red and swollen eyes *drooling *ulcers in the mouth *loss of appetite *painful joints and limping VS-FCV can cause all of the above with the addition of: *swelling of the face or limbs *crusting, scabs, hair loss, and ulceration of the […]

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How to Get Started with Social Media


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If you spend any time online, especially on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, you’ve no doubt seen videos, photos, or posts about animal rights or animals in need. Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to marketing and increasing awareness of issues or causes. It’s made a huge difference in the success of animal rescues and shelters all around the country, from 11th-hour adoptions to raising rapid donations to prevent shelter closings or to fund […]

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Positioning your Rescue and Marketing


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Position your Rescue to Get the Support you Need How many rescue groups are there in your community? Hopefully the answer is many with the result that many lives are being saved. Yet no one knows better than you that the job of rescue is far from easy. In addition to caring for the animals, you need to constantly promote what you do to secure donations, volunteers and of course adopters to open their hearts and homes to your rescued […]

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Preparing Adopters for Their New Pet


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Upon establishing an animal adoption center, you step to the forefront of the American crises of pet overpopulation and overcrowded shelters and rescues. An estimated 5 to 7 million companion animals enter shelters annually in the US and more than half end up euthanized. This doesn’t even reflect strays, many of which are abandoned pets and their offspring; while statistics are impossible to determine, estimates put the nation’s stray cat population alone at about 70 million. It may be tempting […]

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