Supporting Ukraine Through Pet-Friendly Art

We know we’re not the only ones who have felt our hearts and minds divided between trying to carry on with day-to-day activities and keeping up with what is happening in Ukraine these past few months. Beyond donations and support to charities supporting both the animals and humans in the region, we’ve found solace in…

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5 Shelter Marketing Resolutions for 2022

A new year means new adventures in marketing and communications! And it’s the perfect time to try something new or double down on the things you promised yourself you’d try. Below are 5 ideas and the resources you can use to widen your circle of support and continue to make the world a better place…

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A Friend in the Field: The Shelter Photography Field Guide

Batman is great, but let’s get one thing straight: you can bet Gotham would have stayed a big, scary mess a little longer if Robin hadn’t been tagging along for the ride. And is peanut butter truly as fantastic alone as it is with chocolate? Or jelly? Every Mac needs their (vegan) Cheese, and every…

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The Moment that Birdie was Seen

Before they became yours, how long was your pet waiting to find home? Maybe it was just days, or a few weeks, or maybe it was months that they spent hoping to be noticed. In some rarer instances, animals end up waiting for a year or more for someone to give them a chance. Birdie,…

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5 Go-To Social Media Strategies for Shelters

Social media is a central component of most shelter pet marketing strategies — and as you’ve surely already noticed, it moves faster than a dog that just heard a cheese wrapper in the next room. Reels, live-streaming, and good old TikTok are picking up momentum, video charges ahead as the most-consumed type of content, and…

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Back to Basics: Shelter Photography 101

A quality photograph has the power to form a connection that can change a life. It’s a little theory we’ve lived and grown by here at HeARTs Speak since our inception, and it’s helped us unite a global community of creative professionals who believe the same! It’s also the foundation for our Perfect Exposure Project…

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Barrier-Free Bio Writing

Successful adoptable pet marketing happens when we are able to create meaningful connections between our communities and adoptable animals. The bios we write for adoptable pets should make people feel encouraged to adopt, using positive and easily understood messages with minimal barriers.   To a potential adopter, a barrier is something that makes adopting a…

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Communicating About Space Crises

“SOS! We are in a state of emergency! We are DROWNING in dogs and cats and are in desperate need of help. Our shelter is FULL and we are begging and pleading for people who want to help us save lives! We simply don’t have room for all of the animals entering our shelter on…

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7 Genius Promo Ideas to Highlight Long Stay Pets

Last month, in a presentation for the 2021 Best Friends National Conference, KC Pet Project’s Chief Communications Officer, Tori Fugate, and I were honored to present a fast-paced 25-minute workshop on Marketing Long-Stay Pets. At the end of the presentation, we shared a lookbook filled with successful campaigns and ideas for shining a light on…

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