|Sneak Preview: Our New Ad Celebrates the Potential in All Shelter Pets|
We're excited to show you a sneak preview of our new public service announcement, which will soon be seen on television all over the United States. We call this ad "Potential", and for good reason: it compares the story of Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle with the story of Bear, a dog who, at first glance, appeared just like any other in a Texas animal shelter. Both stories have one important thing in common: if nobody had seen the potential in either Buehrle (who was cut from his high school team twice) or Bear, neither of them would have gone on to do astounding things.
Please feel free to share this PSA. It's only 30 seconds long, but it just might change the way people think about pets in shelters.
Without further ado, we present "Potential":
|Does your dog have a sense of humor?|
Does your dog ever make you laugh - on purpose? Does he know he's being funny? An even stranger question - does your dog find things funny?
There are countless stories of dog antics and behavior that are
funny, but most of those you'd have to say are unintentional. Humorous behavior may be repeated because of the positive reaction received. In this case, you can't say the dog has a sense of humor, but is acting on positive reinforcement.
But dogs may be a little smarter than that. Just as some people enjoy making others laugh, it would seem, so do some dogs. Author Stanley Coren tells of his Cairn Terrier, Flint, who frequently seemed to try to amuse his owners...Read more
|Ask Katya: How Can I Help Teach My Shy Dog to Play?|
Our latest "Ask Katya" question comes from our Facebook follower Sharon Jacobson. Sharon writes: "We just adopted a little Yorkie, approximately 5 years old, who came from a puppy mill. Every day is baby steps for her and us to bring her into our family. The question is, how does one teach her to play? She is so frightened of any quick movement, but she's getting better!"
Check out Katya's response
, and if you want to "Ask Katya" anything about your dog's behavior, just post your question on our Facebook page
, email us
, or Tweet it with the hashtag #AskKatya!
|You've Gotta See This! Our Favorite Pet Videos |
Funny, heartwarming, or just plain silly. There are so many awesome pet-related videos out there that it's hard to pick our favorites! But here are some of our top choices, and we hope you enjoy them, too!
1) N2 the funniest talking cat releases his much anticipated music
|N2 the Talking Cat: Preppy Cat|
video "Preppy Cat"
! I dare you not to bust a move as you watch!
2) Love is to be expressed!
And that's just what our pets do for us when we come home. Submitted as part of our Best Welcome Home Ever campaign, we love Sara's excitement each time her daddy walks through the door!
3) Um, someone might want to let this cat know he's not a dog! Is there anything cuter than a dog and cat who are the best if friends? Watch these adopted playmates have a blast!
4) Why wouldn't a giant poop be big news at the dog park? Check out the latest installment of Dog Park News
(and don't miss the ending)!
Please check out our YouTube channel
! If you have videos on YouTube, why not use them to promote Adopt-a-Pet.com and help homeless pets find homes? You can easily include an annotation like "Looking for a new best friend? Check out www.AdoptaPet.com!" Then, let us know
...we might include your video in our next newsletter!
|Thank You! Together We Raised $20,000 For Sick and Injured Shelter Pets|
Last month, we asked you to "like" our Facebook page
to help us raise money for the Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund, which
gives grants to animal shelters and rescue groups to help pay for veterinary care. We're beyond thrilled to tell you that your "likes" generated a donation of $20,000, every penny of which will go to help sick and injured shelter pets.
In the coming weeks and months, we'll be posting on Facebook about the shelter pets these grants are helping, so make sure you follow us at http://Facebook.com/Adoptapetcom
. Again, we thank all of you who clicked "like" and asked your friends to do the same.
|Happy Beginnings: Firedog Inspires! |
We just love hearing updates from folks who adopted their new best friends after finding them on Adopt-a-Pet.com. This fabulous update comes from Bo and Cheryl, who run a spiritual retreat. Don't miss the photos!
Over a year ago, with the help of Adopt-a-Pet.com, we were able to find a 9-month-old lab mix to come and stay with us. We run a spiritual center and on weekends there are people of all ages
showing up. Firedog has become the official greeter and people look forward to seeing him. There are several people who had a fear of dogs but he has taught them to love dogs. We have a large family of critters: a horse, a goat, chickens, ducks, turkeys, cats, parrots etc. Most of them are rescues or raised here and our buddy thinks they are his to take care of. He can walk right up to any of the birds or cats and go nose to nose to them without scaring them. I cannot thank of a thing we would change in him. We know he was supposed to be here and that happened through
Adopt-a-Pet.com and Bardstown rescue.
Thank you! Read on
for some pictures of Firedog doing what he is good at (including one with a baby turkey sitting on his foot).
Bo and CherylDid you find your new best friend on Adopt-a-Pet.com? Email us or post your story on our Facebook page and let us know! We just might use your Happy Beginning in a newsletter or blog post!
Focus on: Portable Search BoxesWould you like to give visitors to your website or blog a way to search for adoptable pets? It's an great way to support pet adoption, and we make it easy with our portable search boxes. You can choose from a variety of options and sizes, including our new animated designs!
Lend a Helping Paw...Volunteer!
Would you like to volunteer at your local animal shelter or rescue group? Do you have room in your home for a foster animal? Volunteers are always needed to do everything from answering phones to walking dogs, to bottle-feeding kittens to organizing fundraisers.
When you sign up for the Adopt-a-Pet.com volunteer-match, all of your local shelters and rescue groups who use Adopt-a-Pet.com will have access to your information and can contact you. Sign up today!
Want to Help Homeless Pets, But Can't Adopt? Twitter A Critter!
If you use Twitter, there's an easy way to help homeless pets, even if you can't adopt: TwitterACritter! TwitterACritter allows you to tweet links to homeless pets currently in shelters, giving them much-needed exposure to potential adopters. Visit TwitterACritter.com to get started, and make sure to follow us on Twitter, too!