Establishing a RescueGroups.org account is one of the first things I recommend when setting up a website for your rescue. It’s simply the best way (that I’ve found) to integrate an easy-to-use pet list into your website, Facebook page, and (with a little tweeking) your Petfinder account. And best of all, it’s free! (Don’t have a Petfinder account yet?)
Many people rely on Petfinder to do this, but there are some drawbacks– the first of which is that Petfinder is purposefully not very customizable. No matter what you do there will always be a Petfinder logo on your site. The second is that the moment someone clicks on a pet on your Petfinder list, they’ve immediately left your website. Gone. It takes attention away from your animals and it’s bad for SEO.
That said, here are the requirements for getting a RescueGroups.org account (They may look familiar if you’ve already set up an account with Petfinder, because they’re the same):
- A copy of your ADOPTION CONTRACT (not the application)
- A letter of reference signed by your primary veterinarian (on his/her letterhead) confirming that he/she provides medical care for the pets in your rescue and adoption program
Once you have these, head on over to their signup form and get started! 🙂
Note: If you want me to help out with your site, I will need access to your RescueGroups.org account.