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Welcome to our DFTP forum!

This is a place for collaboration between all parties involved with keeping people and pets in crisis together. Here you can learn how other groups are successfully running similar programs and find out directly from them. We encourage you to read our group rules and introduce yourself in the Welcome forum. if you wish to stay anonymous, that's okay! We still require you to register with a nickname and email (which stays private) to interact in the forum. Join our community now to ask questions and chime in with your own experiences. If you subscribe for email notifications, be sure to check your spam folder the first few times.

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Announcements and Introductions

Introductions

Introduce yourself and what kind of background you have. We do not need any real names if you would prefer to remain anonymous. Knowing your goals and reasons for being here will help us help you!

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Announcements

Stay up to date and in the know.

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Guidelines and Instructions

Guidelines and Rules

Rules are subject to change to best preserve the group.

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Support

All technical support questions. Forums are complicated and navigating can be confusing for all users. Post new questions here or reach out via email to DFTP@greatergood.org

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Starting a Pet Program

The "Why" of Starting a Pet Program

Let's discuss "why" starting a pet program is so important in helping people and their pets find safety and healing together. We'll cover topics like the "Link" between human and animal violence and the human-animal bond.

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Collaboration is key!

We think collaboration is foundational to creating a successful pet program because it brings together your community experts to work together. Whether you're looking for "who" to collaborate or looking for suggestions on how to get others on board, we're here to discuss!

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Designing Your Pet Space

Let's be honest, this can be one of the most exciting phases of creating your pet program - let that creative energy flow! You can talk with Rescue Rebuild's construction and design experts here but you'll also have the opportunity to connect with other organizations like yourself!

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Program Structure and Operations - the "Nuts and Bolts"

Our mantra: there's no one right way to operate your pet program! We've offered some "things to consider" in the training handbook and website, but we want you to ask the experts who are already running their pet programs for their insights.

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Prepare Your Residents for Next Steps

Since the shelter environment is always a temporary housing solution, we need to prepare residents and their pets for their future lives together. There are constructive steps we can take to better prepare them for the world.

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Impact of Pet Programs

This is a space to share your biggest successes from your pet program. We all understand how important pets are to people and specific stories can especially help other organizations feel the impact they could have in their community.

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Let's talk fundraising

Thinking outside the litter box

Have you thought outside the "litter" box for your fundraising efforts? Or come across a pawesome fundraising idea that you want to share? Look no further and share those ideas here!

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Fundraising to Create and Sustain

"If you build it, they will come". Whether you're coming from the human services or animal services side of things, creating a pet program to help both people and their pets, will open you up to a new donor demographic! Let's talk all things fundraising here.

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