It’s about trust: Brent Toellner’s Aha! Moment with KC Pet Project

September 22, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Conference Recordings, Evolution of the No-Kill Movement

What can an animal shelter do without the trust of the community? Not much. That’s why transparency and accountability are absolutely required to save all the healthy and treatable pets who come in the doors of your organization. But what can you do if not only the community but your own staff and volunteers already […]


Study: What’s on a shelter cat’s mind can can prevent disease

September 20, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Research, Shelter Medicine

Why do shelter cats so frequently get sick or suffer behaviorally? Because they’re essentially being held in a form of captivity, usually one originally designed for an entirely different species, the dog. There are many medical and housing interventions that can reduce the stress of captivity for cats, and they are indeed associated with a […]


How the world watched Austin Pets Alive! save Deliah and her puppies, #ThanksToMaddie

September 14, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Caring for Special Populations of Animals, Evolution of the No-Kill Movement, MaddieCam Network, Marketing, PR, and Social Media

Deliah the pitbull was heavily pregnant when she found herself surrendered at an Austin area shelter by her owner. Typically, she would have been spayed, terminating the pregnancy. But  Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) heard about her and brought her into their maternity ward instead. It’s a good thing they did, because the world soon fell […]

Adorable black lab puppy by her food dish filled with money. Isolated on white with room for your text.

How to use email to increase donations to your animal welfare organization

September 7, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Conference Recordings, Marketing, PR, and Social Media, Organizational Management

Is it possible for animal organizations to increase their revenue from email by 80 percent over the previous year? Absolutely. Just ask Sue Citro, chief digital officer for Best Friends Animal Society. In her presentation at the 2016 Best Friends National Conference, Citro shared how they increased their email revenue a whopping 82 percent year […]


What if there were no low-cost spay/neuter clinics?

September 6, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Research

What would happen if low-cost spay/neuter programs weren’t available? In a study published in the Sept. 1, 2016, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, researchers sought to identify the characteristics of people who used a reduced-cost spay/neuter program. They conducted 1,188 anonymous surveys and 99 telephone interviews with cat owners who […]

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5 ways animal organizations can create and retain generous donors

September 1, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Budgets and Financial Development, Organizational Management

What’s the secret to creating and retaining more generous donors? The answer may not be easy, but it’s definitely simple: Make them happy. That’s the word from Mark Rovner, founder and principal at Sea Change Strategies, speaking at the 2016 Best Friends National Conference. The reason it’s not easy, he said, is because statistics for donor […]

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