Adding your pet list to your Facebook Page is one of the coolest features of your RescueGroups.org account.
Note that this functionality will not work with your personal Facebook profile. What’s the difference?
Here’s how to do it:
First you have to create a Facebook App, which requires you to sign up for a Facebook Developer account here. It’s easy– all they require is that you verify your phone number, if you haven’t already done so for your personal account. From the Facebook Developers page, click on the “Apps” button at the top and then click “Create New App.” Choose a Display Name (like My Rescue Pet List) and a descriptive namespace. The namespace can’t have any capitalized letters or spaces. So choose something like my_rescue_pet_list Hint: You’ll need this Namespace later.
Click on “Select how your app integrates with Facebook.” Now is when you will need to login to your RescueGroups.org account to retrieve your Canvas and Tag URL’s. From your RescueGroups.org home screen, hover your mouse over “Features” and click on “Pet Adoption iFrame.” Copy and paste the URL’s on that page to their corresponding boxes in Facebook. You can leave “Page Tab Edit URL” blank, or just paste https://manage.rescuegroups.org/ there. The “Page Tab Name” will be what display under the Page Tab button on your Facebook Page. You can upload a picture to be used as the Page Tag if you like– I recommend using a picture about 330×219 pixels. Let me know if you’d like me to make one for you 🙂
Click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the screen.
Now you’ll need to alter the URL below by replacing your actual App ID and Name Space with their corresponding spots. Your App ID is a 15-digit number that was automatically generated when saving your App to Facebook and can be found at the top of your App’s “Basic” setting page underneath the display name.
Then go to that URL you created, and follow the instructions on the screen add it to your Page. Once it’s been added you may want to rearrange the tabs so it’s more visible. You can do that by clicking the “down” arrow next to the app tabs, and then hovering over the edit pencil at the top right corners of the tabs to reveal the “Swap with” options.
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.