Hi Jo, how's it going? I was talking to our other new gal, Linda last night and told her if she wanted to start out by cleaning out the adopted dogs, that would be helpful too. Maybe that would help you get your feet wet, too. Just reopen the discussion. Check each one and if adopted, delete it. (There's a tiny x if you hover over the right side of the post). If not adopted, leave it and go on to the next one. Remember to re-close the discussion. Is this something that might be easier to ease into Listing and Posting? What do you think? Hugs to you.
Jo, sorry I am just catching up now. Thanks for your help. No worries about mistakes, etc., it's takes some practice. You have 15 minutes to "edit" a post if you need to make changes. Or you can always delete the post and re-post if needed. If you have any more questions, give me a shout. I will check my page more regularly.
Anyway, The searching and listing takes a lot of time, but with all of us doing some, it's not so bad. Sue was walking you through doing that & anytime you want to jump in with that you are welcome to.
You could Welcome new members, get some members active with discussions, start a blog or a discussion about your experiences. You could help us raise funds with our Raffle and tee shirt sales. That will help keep us going, too. This site and the services I get with it cost about $300 a year, we're good until July but if it could just sustain itself that would be nice.
I am the type that has trouble asking for help so any help you can and would like to do would be VERY welcome and appreciated (unlike elsewhere). I always wanted this to be a "Collective" where many could claim ownership. It became something I was not very proud of, but it is becoming that real COLLECTIVE as we go on, now. Hugs, Lynne
Hi Jo and Thank you so much for offering to help. You are welcome to jump in where ever you feel comfortable. If you come request membership of our RRC Volunteer Group, I will let you in where you can read some of the hows, ways, whys, whats that need to be done. As far as fostering, if you see a dood/poo-mix, and want to just go get him (sound familiar?) I will help you find him a home through this site & the listings and our Petfinder page. You keep the adoption fee. That's why I call it "Foster Partners." With most "Rescues" the foster does all the work & has trouble getting expenses reimbursed, or is told who will adopt the dog, and other crap...and then has to send the Adoption Check to the rescue who did nothing, basically. That is why I decided to start fostering on my own. The rescue will say it's because they do all the paperwork (so?) and the listing (so?) and have the non-profit paper (so?) and are the experts (huh?) and the foster is volunteering food, home, damage, time, etc. and gets nothing but "satisfaction." So? I think unless the rescue put out a lot of money for vetting or other expense, the foster puts out much more on average and should at least share the fee. If anyone is looking to make money on rescue, then they are in the wrong business and do not have the dogs best interest at heart. That was one thing that was wrong with one "rescue" and another I worked with did absolutely nothing but the transport fee and wanted the check and paperwork. I believe more dogs could be saved and people wouldn't feel like their house was being used for someone else to pay their phone bill and rent, then get mad when you ask for reimbursement for food. You know who I am talking about.
Jo, the emails would just get sent to whatever email you used to set your account up. All you are doing is checking off the "email me" box for new listings. OK, let's back up. Did you do a search for poodles using a northwest or midwest zip code? If so, then when you got the results you should have seen an option to "save this search". Click on that and you should see the box for "email me".
Hi Jo, come ask to join RRC Volunteers and I'll let you in. We have some directions there and if you have questions or anything you can put it there. I appreciate it so much that you are going to help. Funny how things work out like that...karma. Love you!
Hi Jo. Just checking to see if you set up a petfinder auto alert. It takes a day to work. You would set up a PF account, then search for poodles today using a zip code in the northwest, and likely get back 150 or more pages. Just click the "save search" option, click "email me" new listings and tomorrow you should get an email with a link to just the new listings (7 to 9 pages).
There is some info in the RRC Volunteer group on all of this if you haven't already checked it out. Oh, and do you think you might be interested in the Midwest as a region? I find there are usually a dozen or so new listings for that region each day. It would be a bit busier than the NW/SW, but would lighten my load :) I could take back the NW/SW instead. Let me know.
Yay! The Grack-pak has joined! Don't worry about listing tomorrow/Saturday, I'll continue. That way we can go over details on the weekend. The Northweast/Southwest are not heavy once California was moved into it's own region. Today I listed maybe 4 total between the Northwest/Southwest regions. It will just be nice to be able to focus on California region knowing someone is watching over the others. Thanks :) I'll get in touch with you Saturday or Sunday.
Jo, would you like to do some listings? Sue said she thought you said you would. I, personally would love to have you more involved and part of our pack. Come join RRC Volunteers and play around with getting your Petfinder Account set up and how to post doggies in the listings. It seems complicated but it really is easy after you do a few.
ANYTIME and ANYTHING you would like to do will be welcome and APPRECIATED, here and with me. I hope you know that. This is the "NEW" Collective and nothing like the old one. We really are a collective and opinions are valued and not stifled, now. Hugs, always!
If you are still willing to help list oodles in need, could you focus on the Northwest/Southwest region (minus CA)? If you go to the west region, join as a member, then let Lynne know. She will give you admin rights. There is a tutorial on how to cross post oodles in need you can find here: RRC Volunteers
If you are going to proceed, send me a message, we chat privately via email. I can give you some tips on how to set up a petfinder account so that you are alerted to new listings each day by email. It makes things so much easier.
Jo, thanks, if you can help that would be awesome. I'm going to try to split out California from the West b/c most of the dogs listed are in CA so it deserves its own region. Right now it takes me just over an hour a day to do the Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, and Northwest. And because of time constraints, I don't even list ALL oodles in need, I focus on doodles, and those that are urgent. But with some help, we could do so much more in less time.
OK, I will do some work on the regions shortly and then let you know how to help.
Better late than never...Welcome to the RRC, Joann! So glad to have you here. I think you’ll find this place to be a friendly community of dog lovers who enjoy sharing stories, information, and knowledge. Feel free to jump into a discussion or even start your own discussion. We would love to hear from you!
Thank you, Jo. You are welcome here...always. Our site is a No -drama zone and all are loved and supported. All opinions are valued and appreciated. Congratulations on your new addition. Come tell us about it in the forum.