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April 2012

 


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Show Us Your Pet Greeting You at the Door For a Chance at Stardom!
Isn't it wonderful to return home each day to an enthusiastic greeting by your furry friends? There's nothing like it. Now, you can help us show the world that when you adopt a pet, you always Best Welcome Home Ever have a warm welcome waiting for you. Adopt-a-Pet.com is creating a public service announcement (PSA) called "The Best Welcome Home EVER!", starring none other than YOUR pets!  

We invite you to shoot a video of your dog, cat, or other animal greeting you when you come home, and make sure to capture just how funny, cute, insane or silly your welcome home can be! Please keep it under a minute in length, then submit it on our Best Welcome Home Ever page at http://BestWecomeHomeEver.com. Please note: you'll need to be on a desktop or laptop computer, rather than on your mobile device. Everyone who visits the site will be able to see your entry, and we'll be working to choose some clips to use for our PSA, which will run on TV and the internet. Your pet could be a star!

Please help us spread the word about our Best Welcome Home Ever PSA campaign by sharing the link on Facebook, Twitter, or by emailing your friends and inviting them to upload a video of their own welcoming committee!

Show Us Your Best Welcome Home EVER!
Show Us Your Best Welcome Home EVER!

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Fiona, the Blind Dog and Her Rescuer Inspire Millions
In the past month, an amazing thing happened.  A little blind dog named Fiona, rescued from certain death by a heroic man, captured the hearts of people all over the world.  Our friend Eldad Hagar, who along with his wife Audrey runs Hope For Paws rescue, is well known in the Los Angeles area as the go-to guy when there's a difficult trapping situation.  In fact, Adopt-a-Pet.com's executive director Abbie Moore found out just how dedicated Eldad is when he drove fifty miles before dawn on three consecutive days to help her try to trap a little dog in the pouring rain. According to Abbie, meeting Eldad changed her life and inspired her to do more for animals. Eldad often brings along a video camera to capture his dramatic rescues, with the intention of helping people all across the country learn how to safely trap strays in need.  This is why he happened to be filming when the little blind white dog...well, we won't ruin it for you.  If you're not among the million people who have watched this video, watch it now.  We promise you'll be inspired.

Blind dog rescue: Fiona - please share on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Blogs.  Thanks!
Blind dog rescue: Fiona - please share on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Blogs. Thanks!

Since this video went viral, Eldad and Fiona have been featured all over the place, including on ABC News with Diane Sawyer. Look for them to be on Anderson Cooper's show this month!

Now, do yourself a favor and watch Eldad Hagar's other YouTube videos on his channel.   Don't miss Nala, Chase, and Eldad's recent rescue of five strays at once.   If you're moved (and we know you will be), please share these videos and spread the word.
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New Legs, New Life: Pet prosthetics give dogs and cats a second chance
Oscar the Cat became the Bionic Cat when he received two new back feet that are something of a bioengineering miracle. New Legs New Life Oscar was minding his own business, basking in the sunshine in a field in England, when he had a most unfortunate encounter with a combine harvester. He lost both back feet, and for any other cat in the world, that would've been the end of him... or at least the end of his walking days. But Oscar was lucky enough to be found in time and referred to veterinarian Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, who was willing to attempt something that had never been done before - implant two artificial feet in a single surgical procedure. The custom-made implants "peg" the ankle to the foot and mimic the way in which deer antler bone grows through skin. The artificial feet, in effect, become part of Oscar's body. Read more of Oscar's amazing story...
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Congratulations to Our First Facebook Drawing Winner! You Could Be Next!
Congratulations to Brenda Tamayo Manzanedo, who was the recipient of this limited-edition, signed/numbered ADOPT print by the legendary Shepard Fairey.  You could be next!  Make sure you "Like" our Facebook page so you'll be notified of the next drawing...coming soon!
Shepard Fairey ADOPT print
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Your Pet's Dental Health
Dental Health

Dental disease can lead to your pet experiencing more serious problems, including heart, lung and kidney disease.
 
You can help protect your pet with good preventative dental care. Click here to learn more!

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New Facebook Application giving more exposure to homeless pets!
Share a pic save a pet Share a Pic, Save a Pet, created by non-profit PetSmart Charities and powered by Adopt-a-Pet.com, is a unique Facebook application designed to drive public awareness and increase adoptions of the nearly 8 million homeless pets in the United States. Share a Pic, Save a Pet transforms users' Facebook profiles into social billboards for homeless pets, allowing them to alert their friends, family and followers about adoptable pets in their own community that need lifelong, loving homes. Specifically, Facebook users 'donate' their profile to save pets in the community, showcasing local pets' pictures and information about local shelters or rescue organizations where they can be adopted. This first-of-its-kind application gives pet-lovers a way to help save pets, even if they aren't able to adopt.


Visit http://apps.facebook.com/shareapic-saveapet to give Share a Pic, Save a Pet a try.

 

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Happy Beginnings: Rudy's Video Makes a Difference
Emails like the one below really make our day.  We love sharing Happy Beginnings stories with you!

Dear Adopt-a-Pet.com,

I adopted our Rudy from the Baldwin Park, CA shelter.  He was listed as Carson A4332594, and had a video posted (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7fNpbdEleE).

If it weren't for your website, and the You Tube video that was posted on Rudy's profile, I never would have found our perfect match. We LOVE our little guy (a one-year-old old Cairn terrier/poodle mix).

My suggestion to potential adopters is to watch videos whenever they are posted on a pet's profile.  I'm not sure Rudy would have caught my attention otherwise.  When I was at the shelter, he didn't seem like the same dog in the video.  I had to check the ID# to verify.  Because of the video, I had a sense of what a lovable guy he is.

He is now a healthy 22 lbs and so happy!!!  We don't know who is
luckier...him or us!

Thank you!

Christine B.

Did you find your new best friend on Adopt-a-Pet.com?  Email us your story, or post it on our Facebook page, and we might share it in a future edition of The Scoop!
In This Issue
Show Us Your Pet Greeting You at the Door For a Chance at Stardom!
Fiona, the Blind Dog and Her Rescuer Inspire Millions
New Legs, New Life: Pet prosthetics give dogs and cats a second chance
Congratulations to Our First Facebook Drawing Winner! You Could Be Next!
Your Pet's Dental Health
New Facebook Application giving more exposure to homeless pets!
Favorites From The Blog
Happy Beginnings: Rudy's Video Makes a Difference
Focus on: Portable Search Boxes
Would 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!
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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!
 
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