Adopt A Dog Biography
This two-part action kit provides resources and examples of ways to
promote shelter dogs in order to increase their chances of adoption.
In Part 1, we give creative ideas and advice for promoting individual
dogs to help get them into good new homes. Highlighting the unique
characteristics of a dog can make all the difference in getting that
animal adopted. Part 2 offers practical tips for putting on adoption
events. Holding adoption events periodically can really help increase a
shelter’s adoption rate.
This kit shows how you and your community can make a big difference
in the lives of shelter animals, especially pit-bull-terrier-type dogs,
who often need some extra help getting adopted because of the
stereotypes and myths that surround them. By promoting these dogs
for adoption, you can educate potential adopters and show them what
wonderful companion animals these dogs can be.
Depending on the group you are working with, your foster may already have a name. Even if you are not a fan of the name, it is important to use this name at home. Changing a rescue name may cause confusion and possibly missed applications. If you have the privilege of picking the name, choose wisely. Your job is to get this dog adopted. You will want a name that people can identify with and using a "people name" is a great way to do this. Consider gentle names for breeds with a bad reputation. A Rottweiler named Gracie, or a Pit Bull Terrier named Ben, might put a potential adopter at ease and open their minds to a breed they may not have considered.
Take several pictures until you get the very best ones. Post as many as your group will allow. Close-ups of the dogs face that show expression are a great one to get. If you can get a picture with a toy or tennis ball in it's mouth that will definitely pull some heartstrings. This shows that he is playful and interactive, and its just plain cute. Studies have shown that pictures of dogs with a bad reputation are perceived as friendlier if there is also a person in the picture with them. If you are having trouble getting that perfect shot, ask around for some help. There may be another member of the rescue group that is photographer that would be willing to donate their time.
Have fun when writing your foster's bio. Keep it positive by highlighting all of his best qualities. If you need to disclose certain things, such as not being good with cats, try to keep it positive and freindly. For example, "Buddy likes cats, but maybe too much, so a cat free home would be best". Or, if Duke is not good with other dogs, you could say "Duke would like to be in a home where he is the only dog and can have all the attention for himself".
Part of your job as a successful foster parent is to get your dog ready for their forever home. This means learning basic manners and maybe even a trick or two. You can catch people's attention at events by showing off what he knows. This will translate to a potential adopter that your dog is smart and eager to please. Also, be mindful of potential house rules of a future family. Not all households allow pets on the furniture and the beds. Consider implementing these possible future rules now. Also, set up your foster for success by making sure he is crate trained, house trained, and walks well on a leash.
If you are a fan of Facebook, create a page for your pooch. You can ask your friends and other members of the rescue group to like your page and increase exposure. Update the page frequently with pictures, fun stories, adventures, and anything you think a potential family would be interested in knowing. Mention his Facebook page at adoption events so an adopter can visit and learn more.
By following these tips, you will be ensuring your foster pet will get the best possible exposure and increase his chances of finding his ideal forever family.