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Homeless Pet Clubs - FAQs
Here we answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions about starting a club and what to do once you club has been formed. Just click on the question to see the answer!
General FAQs (Printable Version)
Q: What is the mission of a Homeless Pet Club?
A: The mission of a Homeless Pet Club is to use flyers, posters, email, Facebook and other social media, and various projects, to help find homes for dogs and cats in county animal shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups.
Q: Why are Homeless Pet Clubs important?
A: Every year, too many dogs and cats in high-kill shelters are euthanized. These animals are destroyed simply because they are homeless and there is no room for them. Homeless Pet Clubs work to reduce the time animals spend at a shelter or rescue group by helping to find homes for those animals. We want to help kill shelters become non-kill shelters and help no-kill rescue groups place more animals in forever homes.
Q: How do Homeless Pet Clubs help communities?
A: Homeless Pet Clubs help to find loving homes for animals living in their local animal shelter or rescue group. Many county shelters lack the funds and resources needed take in all the dogs and cats that are homeless. Every day, shelters euthanize animals due to overcrowding and the costs associated with caring for them. Finding one shelter animal a home, means saving the life of another. Sponsored pets spend less time in the shelter. The sooner a pet gets adopted, the sooner a new space opens up to take in another homeless animal.
Q: Can anyone start a Homeless Pet Club?
A: Yes, anybody can start a Homeless Pet Club. School clubs need a teacher sponsor.
Q: Does it cost anything to start a club?
A: No, clubs are fun, free, and effective!
Q: What is "Sponsoring" a pet?
A: Sponsoring a pet simply means promoting a pet through social media, printing out flyers, sending e-mails or posting the pet's info on your website to help find a forever-home for the pet you choose. Sponsoring does not mean "fostering", where you take the pet into your home until it gets adopted; and it does not mean donating money for a specific animal. Though all rescue groups and shelters greatly appreciate monetary donations, "sponsoring" does not mean "donating".
Q: How does a club choose a pet to sponsor?
A: All the pets available for sponsorship are listed on the "Pets to Sponsor" page (on this website). When you find a pet that you want to sponsor, click on the pet's details, then enter your club ID number and e-mail address and click "Submit". You and the rescue/shelter partner will receive an e-mail to confirm your selection. The pet details page has a link to print out flyers for that pet and a FaceBook "like" button, which will post that pet's info to your wall.
Q: Can clubs sponsor more than one animal?
A: Our system is designed for only one officially sponsored pet at a time; however, you can "like" as many pets on Facebook as you want and you're free to print out flyers for any available pet on this site.
Q: What happens when a club's sponsored pet is adopted?
A: When the sponsored pet is adopted, our system will notify the club. They can throw a little party to celebrate their success and then pick another animal and start all over again!
Q: How do I change my club information?
A: If you need to change any of your club information, please send an e-mail to techsupport@homelesspetclubs.org and we'll make any changes you need.
Q: How does a club change the shelter/rescue group from which they are sponsoring?
A: If you want to change the shelter or rescue group from which you club is sponsoring pets, simply send an e-mail to techsupport@homelesspetclubs.org and let us know which shelter/rescue group you choose. Note that it must be one of our shelter/rescue partners listed on the Partner Listing page.
Q: How do I add a logo to our club listing page?
A: You can attach your logo in .jpg or .gif format in an e-mail and send it to techsupport@homelesspetclubs.org and we'll add your logo (we reserve the right to resize it as necessary). Please note that we cannot use images that taken form other websites which do not belong to your club. In other words, your logo must be original and belong to your club.
School Club FAQs (Printable Version)
Q: How do Homeless Pet Clubs benefit children?
A: Not only do these clubs enrich the lives of animals and the families who adopt them, but club activities provide opportunities to develop skills in leadership, communication, marketing, advocacy and teamwork.

Club activities help to develop character. Teachers report that from engaging in the club’s projects, meetings and activities, their students experience an increased sense of responsibility, achievement, and community involvement.
Q: What exactly do school pet clubs do?
A: School pet clubs sponsor pets from an HPC rescue/shelter partner. School clubs can also: make flyers, hold donation drives, invite guest speakers, hold fundraisers, have contests, and participate in animal welfare educational activities.
Q: How often should we meet?
A: Most clubs meet at least once a month. Some meet weekly. This is up to the club sponsor!
Q: How many members are typically in a club?
A: Clubs vary from 10 members to 100! Your club membership limit should be determined before meeting; that is up to the club sponsor.
Q: What do I need to do before the first meeting?
A: Get approval from your administrator. Determine your membership limit, and how often you wish to meet, as well as meeting dates and location. Register your club on our site, School Club Enrollment Form. This only needs to be done once by the club sponsor.
When you are ready, you may print copies of our membership form (for individual students who want to be in the pet club), or create your own, and make enough copies as needed. Plan for transportation after your club; will students stay in an after-care program or be picked up by parents? Plan accordingly. Make plans for your first meeting!
Q: What are some good ways to get started?
A: Please visit our Resources page for activity ideas and lessons.
Q: How do I register?
A: It's easy! Go to the navigation menu, under Start a Club choose "Schools". Complete a few quick questions, then choose a rescue group or shelter on the form. You will receive an email regarding the status of your club, which will be quickly approved. This is for the sponsor only, not the student members. You only need to register the club once. Individual club members do not need to register.
Q: Why do I need a club ID number?
A: You will need your Club ID number when selecting a pet to sponsor.
Q: How do I choose a pet to sponsor?
A: All the pets available for sponsorship are listed on the "Pets to Sponsor" page (on this website). When you find a pet that you want to sponsor, click on the pet's details, then enter your club ID number and e-mail address and click "Submit". You and the rescue/shelter partner will receive an e-mail to confirm your selection. The pet details page has a link to print out flyers for that pet and a FaceBook "like" button, which will post that pet's info to your wall.
Q: Do you have any resources available for meeting ideas?
A: Yes. Resources are available on our site, and they are constantly evolving. We also feature links to outside resources from other groups for ideas, topics to discuss and a list of potential guest speakers for your club meetings.
Q: What are the opportunities for leadership in school clubs?
A: A club can have officers, such as a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
Q: Would a Homeless Pet Club be considered a service project that my child could do?
A: Yes, so many children love animals and want to volunteer at humane societies, where they aren't allowed to help because of their age. Pet clubs provide a direct and meaningful way for kids to help animals in need.
Business Club FAQs (Printable Version)
Q: How can a pet club help your business?
A: Animal-loving patrons will appreciate a business that gives back to the community by helping homeless animals. By seeing the face of a dog or cat on a business's email, website, newsletter or flyer, customers will know that they are patronizing a business that shares their values.
Q: What exactly do business pet clubs do?
A: The mission of the Homeless Pet Business Clubs is to give a voice to the homeless dogs and cats. We need caring individuals to organize their work place to become that powerful voice. Your club will sponsor a dog or cat from an HPC rescue/shelter partner. Business clubs may or may not hold club meetings; that's completely up to the management and employees interested in having a pet club.
Q: How do we promote our sponsored pet?
A: Your business club members spread the information on the sponsored pets in your local sphere of influence until your sponsored pets have found a forever home. There are multiple ways to spread the word: email, newsletters, website postings, word of mouth, flyers and press releases. Whatever method you choose to communicate with clients, family and friends.
Q: What else can a business club do?
A: Just like school clubs do, business clubs can also make flyers, hold donation drives, hold fundraisers, and participate in animal welfare educational activities.
Community Club FAQs (Printable Version)
Q: What are community pet clubs?
A: Community pet clubs can be clubs started in any church or synagogue group, neighborhoods, book clubs, moms groups, sports groups, boys & girls clubs, etc.
Q: How do community pet clubs work?
A: Community clubs operate in the same way as school clubs. They use flyers, posters, email, Facebook and other social media, and various projects, to find help homes for dogs and cats in county animal shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups.
 

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