2024 Open Arms Challenge

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Mark your calendars for the all-inclusive 2024 Open Arms Challenge! This grant Challenge is like no other. For the entire month of April 2024, animal shelters, foster-based organizations and public charities are encouraged to create a new program or expand an existing one focused on keeping pets and people together.

It is all about opening our hearts and minds to more accessible and inclusive practices, helping to keep pets with their people through Return to Home and Foster programs and so much more. Not only do we all hope to see innovative ways to increase community engagement with adoptions, foster recruitment, volunteer interest and safety net programs - there are also grant prizes available! (Total prize amount to be revealed later this year.)

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    RE: Our continuing efforts...

    Hi Karen, We are blessed with so many donations that we couldn't possibly use them all, especially those with expiration dates. We also know our local food pantry can only distribute food. Clyde's Closet will be a "little library" of dog items such as leashes, collars, toys, canned food, coats, etc. ... See More

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    RE: Checking in!

    Next Update for our WAGS fest: While the leadership team was planning Wags Fest, the PUPS (Promote, Understand, Participate, Serve) program was already making a difference within the Willingboro School community. The program's dedicated team was busy teaching students and teachers about the vital work ... See More

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    RE: Checking in!

    Hi Bernadette! What a great resource for people. I will be heading to your site this morning to read and share! Thank you for this information and for your FB post!! Molly ------------------------------ Molly Keith Development Lead MatchDog Rescue NJ ------------------------------ See More

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    RE: Social Media Sites

    WAGS Pet Adoption uses Facebook, IG, TikTok, and Youtube. With these four platforms, we can reach many demographics and have different tools to share animal stories and tell our stories. We use the reel: posts and story options, music, no music, and live video for pleases and thank yous. We have started ... See More

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    RE: Social Media Sites

    I actually would recommend 5. Facebook, IG, Tiktok, YouTube, and NextDoor. Tiktok reaches a younger demographic, and NextDoor is amazing for specifically helping to reunite Lost & Found. Fb & IG are main platforms, and YouTube is fantastic for reaching folks who hate social media platforms but are willing ... See More

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    Social Media Sites

    What are the 4 social media sites you think are most important for an animal welfare organization to be on? (I've also posted this on the small and mighty discussion group. Will be interested to see if the responses are different.) I'm anxious to get out there as much as we can -- but we are still ... See More

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    RE: Checking in!

    Happy Friday, I wanted to share this recent article we used to educate our communities. With an increase in animal owner-surenders and abandoned animals our transport admits seem to double daily. Our continued efforts got a little bump because of the focus on the Bay Area being impacted by rising ... See More

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    RE: Checking in!

    Thank you, Bernadette, for your kind words! It gives us the encouragement to continue!!! Molly Keith MatchDog Rescue ------------------------------ Molly Keith Development Lead MatchDog Rescue NJ ------------------------------ See More

  • Thank you for your question. We do not receive any government funding, we run solely off of donations. We rely heavily on the community to help keep us able to provide shelter & food for the animals. ------------------------------ Becky Worth Shelter Manager Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA PA ------ ... See More

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