Roper, A Deaf ACD at the Ultimate Air Expo 2008 Cincinnati, OH
Dock Diving Platform with Foster Mom
Hank (Molly's pup) 6 months old.
Hank's First 4-H Show.
Congratulations to Lindsay and Sadie! Sadie, Adopted February 2007
Kent County 4-H Fair 1st Place Showmanship, Agility & Obedience Reserve Grand Champion
Cajun, the Rescue, Wins Indiana State Championships with Liz in Youth Division. Cajun also placed in Adult Novice Division with Jesse. 8-13-06
Cajun was adopted from AuCaDo Rescue in April, 2005 by the Pourroy Family.
September 30, 2009
AuCaDo Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Ohio Puts Best Foot Forward and Wins Prize
Maddie's Fund and Petfinder Teamed Up to Reward Good Customer Service to Animal Welfare Groups.
AuCaDo Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Ohio, Creston, put its best face forward and came away with a $500 weekly prize in an innovative grant program by Maddie's Fund, a foundation working in conjunction with Petfinder.com to improve customer service in animal welfare. Each week "secret shoppers" emailed, phoned or visited randomly picked animal rescue groups and found a winner based on the organizations' responses. To be eligible, all groups had to be Petfinder.com members in good standing.
AuCaDo Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Ohio won the award by responding to an email inquiry with helpful information delivered in a courteous way about an available cat or dog posted on the group's Web site.
The Maddie's Fund program was developed in response to a survey in which visitors to Petfinder.com were asked what kinds of experiences they had while trying to adopt a pet, and how happy they were with the overall process. The people surveyed considered themselves extremely committed to adopting rather than buying a pet; more than half said they intended to adopt "no matter what."
Unfortunately, their dedication wasn't always met with the kind of welcome it deserved. Forty percent of the time, their inquiries at shelters went unanswered. And when that happened, they became three times as likely to view shelter workers as "unprofessional" and shelters as "unpleasant."
"Based on the results of the survey, we felt it was time for us to make improving customer service a priority," says Betsy Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com, the largest online database of homeless pets. "The folks at Maddie's Fund agreed and pledged $50,000 this year to make it happen.
"Working in animal welfare can be very stressful," Saul says, "and staff often feels underappreciated. But it comes to this: we have to treat potential adopters with respect. They are the ones who will help us make the U.S. a no-kill nation, where all adoptable pets find loving homes, which is the goal of Maddie's Fund and ours at Petfinder as well. Bad customer service stands in the way, while good customer service can make it happen. And AuCaDo Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Ohio is doing it right!"
AuCaDo Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Ohio posts its pets on Petfinder at www.petfinder.com/shelters/OH715.html
Petfinder.com is an online database of pets that need homes in over 12,500 animal placement organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The site has facilitated over 12 million adoptions since it launched. Thanks to its sponsors, Petfinder.com is free to both visitors and to its animal placement organization members. Exclusive sponsors are BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, PETCO, a national pet supply retailer that sponsors in-store adoptions and provides coupon books for new adopters, The Animal Rescue Site, and Merial, maker of the number one veterinary-recommended flea and tick preventative FRONTLINE(r), and heartworm preventative HEARTGARD(r).
About Maddie's Fund:
Maddie's Fund,(r) The Pet Rescue Foundation, (www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation funded by Workday and PeopleSoft Founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie's Fund is helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.
To achieve this goal, Maddie's Fund is investing its resources in building community collaborations where animal welfare organizations come together to develop successful models of lifesaving; in veterinary colleges to help shelter medicine become part of the veterinary curriculum; in private practice veterinarians to encourage greater participation in the animal welfare cause; and in the implementation of national strategies to collect and report shelter statistics. Maddie's Fund is named after the family's beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.
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