It’s time to update you on my CARES Homeless Pet Club. You may recall my nonprofit group, Central Georgia CARES, affiliated with the national Homeless Pet Club a while back to help get healthy pets out of pounds and into loving homes.
This is done through enlisting the help of businesses, community groups and schools to sponsor pets and promote them until wonderful homes are found. Healthy, adoptable pets in a pound want someone to love them, and we want to help make that happen.
The incredible part is that participating in the pet club is free, easy and successful. The club simply uses the concept of networking to find great homes. The mechanics of it are incredibly basic by design. That’s what makes it so easy.
CARES works with fantastic rescue groups to showcase their available pets on CARES Homeless Pet Club’s Facebook page. We post their pictures and encourage club members to select them as their sponsored pets.
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Once the businesses, community groups or schools select a pet to sponsor, they just tell the animal’s story. They show pictures of their pet to their friends and become the pet’s advocate. When that pet is successfully adopted, they select a new one so the community is continually working together to save terrific pets and give them a new chance at life.
I’m happy to tell you that with the help of rescue groups, businesses, community groups and schools, CARES Homeless Pet Club has been a part of almost 1,200 pet adoptions in the past 20 months. These are predominately animals that have been saved from city pounds where they would have otherwise had an unfortunate outcome.
Because of the terrific collaboration among all the CARES Homeless Pet Club groups, we’ve done great so far in helping save adoptable pets. But I think we can do even better. That’s why we’re continually inviting new organizations to join.
I am delighted to introduce you to our newest Homeless Pet Club member, Coliseum Health System. Coliseum is filled with amazing and caring people who care about animals and many of them, especially senior leadership, have cherished pets as a part of their own families. They realize how much their pets mean to them, so they’re eager to help save others.
The amazing folks at Coliseum will actually be starting an animal group within the hospitals to expedite the method in which information about the pets is shared. They will be able to quickly and efficiently communicate information about the animals among people who will be advocates for the pets and tell their stories.
Coliseum has always been a genuinely caring hospital. Now it is broadening the scope of its compassion to include caring about homeless animals and our community. Thank you Coliseum Health System for a fantastic community outreach program. I sure am proud of you.
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