Stop gushing! (on Petfinder, in particular)

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Originally Posted by shadowfacedanes
Just wanted to give this a round of applause.

Casa, you're missing a HUGE point here....

Petfinder is not an online transaction - you meet the dog via the internet and their ad. THEN you begin a relationship with the rescue group, who will then interview you and determine whether the dog is the right match for you or not. It's not like the dog is picked out, paid for and arrives in the mail with no conversation between rescue worker and adopter. The ad you see online is only to attract your attention to said pet, or perhaps even the organization as a whole. I always disclose EVERYTHING about an adoptee before they go to their new home....lest I get bitten in the butt and have the pet come back to me weeks or months later because it wasn't a perfect match. Perhaps you're unfamiliar with rescue work? I'd be happy to walk you through how it works.

When people have seen the same animal sit in a shelter or foster care for months on end, they tend to become creative in attracting attention to that pet. There is nothing wrong with that, unless of course you'd just prefer the animal be PTS so you don't have to view cute ads.



Completely agree.
Completely agree with Jessie who completely agrees with Shadowfacedanes.

Adds are only to get people to inquire. That's just the first itsy bitsy step in the whole big process.
 
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Isn't it funny how Casa always makes these inflammatory comments and then disappears from the thread once everyone is stirred up? I'm still waiting to find out why I am "slightly blind" from another thread - if someone is going to have the gall to insult other people, the least they could do is back it up with explanation or, God Forbid, a fact.

Casa NEVER answers the real questions.....just runs with her tail tucked when she's called out.

Bravo, Casa, Bravo. :rolleyes:
 

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Isn't it funny how Casa always makes these inflammatory comments and then disappears from the thread once everyone is stirred up? I'm still waiting to find out why I am "slightly blind" from another thread - if someone is going to have the gall to insult other people, the least they could do is back it up with explanation or, God Forbid, a fact.

Casa NEVER answers the real questions.....just runs with her tail tucked when she's called out.

Bravo, Casa, Bravo. :rolleyes:
Funny thing I have been noticing that too. Seems like noting is ever said to anyone in a nice tone and that is why in the beginning when she asked why she was being insulted and rude I asked if she ever took the time to read what she says. Glad I am not the only one who sees that she does this.
 
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Here's the thing. If I don't respond to you after a certain point, you're on my ignore list. I sometimes click the 'read' button to view your latest post anyway (which is why I'm responding to 3 people I have on ignore) but in general, I don't. My ignore list is composed of people who clearly are uncomfortable with debate (well, those who are not moderators, as the system won't allow you to 'ignore' a moderator) as I've found that they respond with inappropriate aggression to most of my posts. I believe people can disagree and argue without using personal insults and slurs - they do not. Hence the 'tail between the legs' kind of comment.
 

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To be honest.. I don't care if someone were to call my dog a "Cutsey, wootsey.. Bundle of joy, who loves everyone" If it was to get him a good home in the case of my demise..

It obviously got your attention Casa... Even if it does annoy you.. You looked, took note, and remarked. That is half the battle in pet placement, getting someone to notice the pets. ;)

If it just said.. Dog, doesn't bite.. Won't poop on your carpet.. Would you really retain that? No, you'd just move onto the next cute pup that needed a home.

It's all a case of marketing.. Like those annoying adverts on the telly that have you singing the jingle to yourself when you see the products in the supermarket.
 
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But does emotional blackmail advertising get your dog a home? Or does it get a lot of attention, and not much serious interest? Plenty of ad campaigns have gotten huge attention and audiences during the Super Bowl, but then didn't give their companies any added boost in sales. Best case scenario, as someone said, is that people call in about the dogs and get brushed off because the shelter/rescue knows what they didn't say and is screening after the fact, thus putting off enthusiastic adopters who feel they were misled. Worst case scenario, the shelter simply hands over the dog without decent screening.
 

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Ahh, but for everyone that doesn't ring, there is someone who does.. ;)

If it makes me naive to think that these adverts do actually help dogs get placed, then as they say.. Ignorance is bliss..

I quite like the upbeat tone on rescue sites.. I am glad to see that people who work with even the worst of cruelty cases, can be upbeat, and chirpy enough to write positive blurbs for the animals... It really can't be all that easy.
 

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Why date a divorced guy with two kids when you can date a loving father with two adorable children?

Why buy an old car that needs a lot of work when you can purchase a classic auto with a storied history?

Why buy an old house that needs renovations when you can own a historical home with an interesting layout?

Why work as an underpaid clerical person when you can have a career as a personal assistant?

Why would anyone try to adopt out a dog with problems when you can get a sweet dog that needs time and training?

It's that old adage: you get more with honey than vinegar, even if it does give you a toothache.:)
sorry to jump in on a dying thread, but i've been away. anyway, i'd have to say i agree with this. i am not "sappy/mushy" and find some of the "sweet widdle fing" baby talk to be overboard. HOWEVER, despite my more clinical taste, i have to admit that i am more likely to pay attention to a shelter that seems to love animals, rather than treating them like livestock.
i think shelters are desparately trying to kill the thought that rescue dogs aren't worthwhile. breeders and pet stores "cutesy" dogs to a ridiculous extent, and shelters have that to compete with on top of all the bias against them -- especially with adult dogs! they are fighting the way that people write off these animals as less than important.
as far as i have seen, most shelters have a strict process for matching dogs with people or at least screening out aggressive dogs or bad owners. as someone else said, if we could at least get people out to shelters to meet these dogs, half the battle is won.
with millions of dogs being pts every year, i say milk the cuteness!
 

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But does emotional blackmail advertising get your dog a home? Or does it get a lot of attention, and not much serious interest? Plenty of ad campaigns have gotten huge attention and audiences during the Super Bowl, but then didn't give their companies any added boost in sales. .. .. ...
It gets attention. That's the whole point of the mushy-gushy petfinder ads ;)
My theory is that it must work, because people keep on doing it. And typically, people do what works :p

And its hard for me to compare petfinder ads to super bowl comercials. Unless people are crazy/obsessed like most of us here on Chaz (LOL) When they get on petfinder they are already considering, or are actually looking for a pet to adopt. ;) Meeting the dog/s and filling out the applications are the more important aspect . . .
As always, thats just MHO
 

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