Q: How do I help longer resident cats get adopted?
Sep 08, 2009
if you can arrange w/your shelter to have them feature those animals it will allow you a chance to spotlight them and basically make a fuss over why they're so great. check out my site to get an idea of what i mean: www.forgottenfelines.wordpress.com/available-cats/namine/
we only have a few cats at any given time so we're able to gush over them w/o it coming across as though we're trying to push one more than another. shelters have many more animals available, so it can be hard to play up a few of the ones who have been there awhile. what would really be great is if your shelter could add a link to their own page on the front page of their site, but you could also advertise elsewhere. i use craigslist. which does get a lot of iffy people, but that gets narrowed down quite a bit after the screening and the re-homing fees.
the best thing to do would be to get together a few GOOD pics. doing a collage like we do helps generate interest just b/c it's aesthetically appealing. when the setup looks good, the animals look better, cuter. and really play up their attractive points like, this cat loves to cuddle or this cat gets along great w/dogs. don't necessarily down-play their bad habits, people should be aware of who they're adopting, but don't make a big deal about it. also, always personalize it. don't write about them as though it's a catalog, but write their description in almost a story line. make it friendly and inviting. and if you can add something about their sad past, that really helps. pull on those old heart strings and it will bring out the nurturing side of people.
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Sep 08, 2009
check at your local wal-mart, target, kmart, pet stores & places of that nature... sometimes they have bulletin boards & you can post flyers up of the furkids... also talk with the newspaper... do you have a web page...?? if so, make extra big post about them... sometimes it takes a bit longer, but the right fur parents are out there lookin...
i had a FIV kitty that had been at the shelter for 2 years... we just kept posting him in the "Spotlight"... he was such an awesome boy... then the call came... family from southern california was interested in him, because they had a FIV kitty at home & they wanted him to have a buddy... we called down to animal control there & had them do a home check for us, "mom" showed up after we got the thumbs up... she flew to us, rented a car & drove him all they way home... she still sends us pics of the furkids...
it may take longer & perhaps a lil extra work, but keep your head up & KNOW, that the right fur parents will be along soon... ;o)
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