No matter what level of involvement you have, use this guide to help adopters find the best match for their family.
Off-site adoption events can be a great way to generate interest in any animal at the event but they also get your team out in the community and are a great opportunity for marketing, fundraising, and networking. Whether you frequently have adoption events or if you’re brand new, this article will cover the top thingsContinue reading “Keys to a successful adoption event”
Unfortunately, returns are an inevitable part of any rescue or shelter. However, there are steps we can take to prevent returns without introducing adoption barriers. In this article, we will cover the most common reasons people state for returns, how to prevent these things from causing returns, and how to identify the top reasons inContinue reading “Returns – The 5 most common reasons and how to prevent them”
In this article we will cover why post-adoption follow up is necessary, what you should include in that communication, and how to make follow up part of your team’s daily tasks. Why you should follow up Get ahead of problems. Very rarely does someone bring a new animal home without any issues. Maybe they areContinue reading “The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of post-adoption follow up”
This is a list of email templates that you can use for your rescue or shelter to quickly communicate with vets, other rescues, and adopters. If you are interested in a template that is not listed, shoot us a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org Quick jump: Vet partnership Rescue partnership Trainer partnership 72 hour dog adopterContinue reading “Email templates”
It is easy to get caught up in the day to day and to become very reactionary to problems rather than preparing for them. There is always going to be an emergency, that is the very nature of rescue. But, there is a difference between actual emergencies that you cannot predict or prepare for andContinue reading “Breaking through your emergency mindset”
The official definition of a limiting factor is “the environmental factor that is of predominant importance in restricting the size of a population”. In terms of a shelter or rescue, it is the one thing that prevents you from your goal before anything else. Shelters and rescues often struggle to fill multiple areas like fundraisingContinue reading “Limiting factor series – Introduction”
Finances is the most common of the limiting factors but, identifying it as your most pressing issue to work on is the first step. The second step is determining how far you need to go to move past finances preventing you from reaching your goal. If your goal is to increase intake, how many animalsContinue reading “Limiting factor series – Finances”
Space is a limiting factor that you may think is a permanent limitation. But, you don’t need space to house every animal, just enough space to house animals in need at the time they need that space. Imagine you have space for 90 animals but you have the staff and finances for 10 more. FindingContinue reading “Limiting factor series – Space”
Staff limiting factors can feel difficult to determine. So let’s break it down. Animal capacity per staff What types of staff / volunteers do you have? Some examples are: Full time staff (experience ranging from 0-5) Part time staff (experience ranging from 0-5) Fosters Adult / puppy dog fosters Adult / kitten cat fosters MedicalContinue reading “Limiting factor series – Staff”
How to empower your fosters to become a powerful marketing team.
This article will talk about what adoption barriers are and how you can remove them without sacrificing the quality of home you find for your animals.
Your adopters, if allowed, can be one of a rescue or shelter’s greatest assets. Adopters already know your organization, they believe in you, and more often than not, they are grateful to you for bringing their pet into their lives. So, how do you capitalize on this relationship? You build an adopter community. 1. CreateContinue reading “Building an online adopter community”
A nice family has found their newest addition and they are ready to go home with their new pup. This is the point where they are the most excited and eager, however, may not be the time they are able to listen (they just adopted a pup for Pete’s sake!). Returns can be devastating forContinue reading “Setting your adopters up for success”