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Tip of the Week: Ring Their Bell (and then some)

May 15, 2024, The Association

How do you celebrate adoptions? Listen to what your colleagues are doing

Inquiring minds in our online member community want to know:

Since adoption is our ultimate goal for every pet, I’d like for us to bring more attention to each one, so I’m looking for examples and inspiration. What does your shelter do to announce adoptions?

Colleagues jumped in with the following responses:

  • “At my last shelter we rang a giant cow bell in the lobby whenever a longtimer went home.”
  • “We have a bell by the adoption desk and ring it every time there is an adoption. The rest of the staff hears it and claps and cheers. We also post all of the previous week’s adoptions on social media for Tuesday Happy Tails. People look forward to the posts.”
  • “Our shelter isn’t big enough to make announcements internally for each adoption, but we take pictures of the new family and post them on our FB page weekly. It’s the most popular post each week, and the adopters and our followers love it. If someone doesn’t want to be in the picture, we just take the photo of the pet with a sign.

Tried any of these? Leave a comment and let us know how your shelter shouts out about adoptions.

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