Q: What is "Sponsoring" a pet?
A: Sponsoring a pet simply means a club promoting a pet through social media, printing out flyers, sending e-mails or posting the pet's info on their website to help find a forever-home for the pet they choose. Sponsoring does not mean "fostering" 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. When a pet club chooses one of your pets to sponsor, you must agree not to euthanize the pet and keep it until it finds a home.
Do we need to list all our pets on the HPC website?
No. When a club signs up through this website, the enrollment form gives them the ability to select their local shelter from a drop-down list of our rescue/shelter partners. When the club is activated in our system, they are sent an automated e-mail containing a link to the website of their chosen partner where they can view the animals available for adoption. The clubs who enroll under your group are provided with a link to your website to view the pets you have available for adoption.
Q: How would a club choose one of our pets to sponsor?
A: Upon activation, the club is provided with a link to your website and your e-mail address so they can contact you directly or notify you of the pet they have chosen to sponsor. Some partners prefer to choose which pet will be sponsored by a club because you would know which pets have the greatest need for sponsorship.
Q: Can a club change the shelter/rescue group from which they are sponsoring?
A: Yes. A club in an area with more than one of our partners can switch at any time. They simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know which shelter/rescue group they want to switch to.
Q: How do we change our information on the shelter-partners listing page?
A: If you need to change any of your information, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
and we'll be happy to make any changes you need.
Q: In general, how do we get clubs started in our area?
A: Homeless Pet Clubs is a grass-roots organization and every type of club is started by word-of-mouth. The mission is first shared with like-minded individuals that you know: your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, neighbors, your kids and their friends/parents who all love animals and want to help. Many people want to help but cannot adopt/foster/volunteer/donate. Starting a pet club is a way in which people can help by giving a voice to animals in need. Sharing the knowledge of humane treatment and responsible care for animals will help future generations of people and pets. Pet sponsorship is a way for club members to help pets in need by promoting those pets and telling their story to give the pet as much exposure as possible to potential adopters. When one group starts a club and starts telling the story about a pet in need, we believe that it will catch on and others will be inspired to start their own pet clubs. Homeless pet clubs are free, easy and effective!
Q: How do we get school clubs started in our area?
A: The easiest way to get school clubs started is to let your surrounding schools know you have a Homeless Pets Club program. If you already know someone involved at the school, approach them first. You can explain to them in person what the clubs are about, and how easy it is to get started. Then direct them to www.homelesspetclubs.org
and visit the "Start a School Club" tab. If you do not have a connection at the school, a letter or email to the principal is a great way to get your foot in the door. Just ask the principal to disseminate the information to all the teachers so that those interested can contact you. You can usually find the principal's name and email on the school's website, as well as the school address. Be sure to include the Homeless Pet Clubs website so they can easily access our information about getting a school club started.