Current Foster Homes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the guidelines for an animal's bio?

    • Purpose: To allow volunteers to send a biography and photograph on a particular cat or dog.
    • Access: Access is given to all volunteers
    • Guidelines for the bio:
        • Before submitting the first bio on your foster animal, please wait until you have had the animal in your home for one week. This will give you some time to get to know the animal’s personality and if they are house-trained/litter box trained.
        • Please only submit one bio request per week. An animal’s bio should not need to be changed often once you know the animal’s personality.
        • If you have had a foster animal for a long time, please submit an updated bio and pictures in order to change things up a bit. Think of other ways to describe the animal’s personality.
        • The spelling of the animal's name must match the spelling on the Almost Home Foundation Available page. Please do NOT use alternative names or nicknames.
        • The bio should include where the animal came from if known – puppy mill, local stray, kill shelter, hoarder, etc.
        • The bios should contain an honest representation of the animal.
        • The bios should be stated in a positive tone and terms.
        • The bios should not include negatives – if the animal has issues, they should be shared with people interested in the animal.
        • The bios should highlight any cute or special feature of the animal.
        • The bios should NOT include the age of the animal or the breed of the animal. This information should be maintained in PetPoint – and not in the bio as they can become out of sync.
        • Bios should NOT list the show the animal will be at on a specific date.
        • Do NOT include single or double quotation marks as they are not translated correctly by the PetPoint and PetFinder programs. All special characters should be avoided; however, quotation marks " and ' will not be allowed.
        • Any Bio that does not seem to represent the animal well, will be routed to be edited, rewritten or rejected by the Computer Services Team.
  • How do I send in photos of an animal for the Available and bio pages?

     
    • Purpose: To allow volunteers to send photos or a video for display on the Available and/or Bio pages
    • Access: Access to view is given to all volunteers. Access to upload is limited to the Computer Services Team.
    • Guidelines for the photos/video:
        • Please do NOT include people, children or other animals in the photos. For the security of children, it is AHF's policy to NOT show children on a bio page. No exceptions will be made for photos on bios.
        • Only 3 photos may be used for any one animal. It is preferred that only 3 photos are sent. If more than 3 photos are submitted, 3 photos will be selected. The Computer Services Team may reject a photo if it is deemed of poor quality or inappropriate.
        • Only 1 video may be used for any one animal. For videos, only 1 video should be submitted. All video's must be on AHF's Channel. Please limit the video length to no more than 2 to 3 minutes. The Computer Services Team may reject a video if it is deemed of poor quality or inappropriate.
        • If an animal needs to have more than 3 photos, a special story will need to be written and submitted toinfo@almosthomefoundation.org with subject Special Story Wanted. No photos will be put on a Special Story without a written story.
        • For Dogs:
          • Please send photos to: biodogspics@almosthomefoundation.org for dogs. Be sure to include the animal's name in the subject of the email.
          • Please send videos to: videos@almosthomefoundation.org for dogs. Be sure to include the animal's name in the subject of the email.
          • The photos should include 1) close-up of the animal's face and 2) a full body photo to help show size and coat.
        • For Cats:
          • Please send photos to: biocatspics@almosthomefoundation.org for cats. Be sure to include the animal's name in the subject of the email.
          • Please send videos to: videos@almosthomefoundation.org for cats. Be sure to include the animal's name in the subject of the email.
          • The photos can be either photos of the face or full-body as most cats are similar in size.
     
  • How do I update the Adoption Show Location on a Dog's Bio?

     
    • Purpose: To update the Location showing on a Dog Bio
    • Access: Access is limited as this information is maintained in the PetPoint database.
    • Guidelines for updating "Location" on a Dog Bio:
        • Please email DogAtShowLocation@almosthomefoundation.org with the Dog's name, Adoption Show Date, and Adoption Location. Please put ADOPTION LOCATION in the subject. You may submit multiple dogs on the email if they are all at the same location on the same adoption date.
        • Your email will be forwarded to the volunteer(s) with access and knowledge on the process.
     
  • How can I get a Special Story webpage of an animal?

     
    • Purpose: To allow volunteers to send photos and a written story for display on the a new webpage.
    • Access: Access is given to all volunteers
    • Guidelines for the Special Stories:
        • Please do NOT include people, children or other animals in the photos. For the security of children, it is AHF's policy to NOT show children on a bio page. No exceptions will be made for photos on bios.
        • Please limit number of photos to 6 or less. If too many photos are submitted -- in balance with the written story, the Computer Services Team may select the photos show. The Computer Services may reject a photo if it is deemed of poor quality or inappropriate. Additionally, this team may edited, rewrite or reject poorly written stories.
        • Only 1 video may be used for any special story. All video's must be on AHF's Channel. The Computer Services Team may reject a video if it is deemed of poor quality or inappropriate.
     
  • How can I get a Digital Story (SlideShow) or Video created for our Web Site

     
    • Purpose: To update the Location showing on a Dog Bio
    • Access: Access is limited as this information is maintained in the PetPoint database.
    • Guidelines for updating "Location" on a Dog Bio:
        • Please email DogAtShowLocation@almosthomefoundation.org with the Dog's name, Adoption Show Date, and Adoption Location. Please put ADOPTION LOCATION in the subject. You may submit multiple dogs on the email if they are all at the same location on the same adoption date.
        • Your email will be forwarded to the volunteer(s) with access and knowledge on the process.
     
  • How can I post a topic on our blog?

     
    • Purpose: To add a new topic to the Almost Home Foundation's Blog.
    • Access: Only the Computer Services Team can add a new topic to the blog. All volunteers can make comments on existing comments or request a new Blog Topic
    • Guidelines for the Blog:
        • Please email ahfblog@almosthomefoundation.org with your blog topic suggestions. Please put AHF Blog in the subject. Your comments will be needed for the initial Blog posting.
        • The Computer Services Team may reject a blog topic if it is not in sync with our mission or guiding principles.
     
  • I want to arrange an event?

Please submit your bio below.

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Provide information below in case we have questions. This will not be put on web.

Last Name*

First Name*

Email Address*

Phone*

Please provide any instructions or comments below.


Pet Information*  dog cat

 New Bio Replace existing bio

Name*

Spayed/Neutered
 Yes No

House Broken
 Yes No

If you would like YOUR phone number or email given on web, please complete below.
OR you can leave blank if you do not want your info on the web site.

Phone to be listed on web

Email to be listed on web

All bios must be written in both Uppercase and Lowercase. When UPPERCASE IS USED, it is often perceived as shouting. Any bio received in all Uppercase will not be used.


 

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