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Open Adoption

R. esources. ASPCApro.org. ASPCA Adoption . Ambassador Program. Shelter. Foster. (. Young, Sick). Ambassador. (. Healthy). Adopter. Design. Shelter. LASPCA (2011). Charleston AS (2012). Ambassador. (healthy).

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Open Adoption

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Open Adoption Resources


ASPCA Adoption Ambassador Program




Young, Sick)







LASPCA (2011)

Charleston AS (2012)




Adoption (



Have you ever adopted from a shelter or rescue before?




70% No

51% No


Adoption (



Take-Aways from Ambassador Research

Adopters already looking to adoptInformed decisions/expectationsEasy for adopter to

imagine life with dogLower return rate

Adopters learned about dog in variety of waysSlide6

Impact of ProgramIncrease your reach

Increase community awareness

Increase number & type of foster homesReach new adopters

Save more liveshttp://www.aspcapro.org/ambassadorsSlide7

Adoption AmbassadorsSariah Hopkins, Executive Director

Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock SanctuarySlide8

Handing Over the ReinsFoster homes know the horses best

Speed up your adoption process

Share the workload of adoptionAdoptions should be exciting!

Foster homes feel success and satisfactionSlide9

Traits of An Adoption Ambassador

Desired Traits Active on social mediaOrganizedGood communicatorEnjoys spending time with foster and taking photos/videos

Responds to emails and phone calls promptlyProvides feedback to rescue regularlyPositive attitude about rescue, horses, and adoption. Independent, and understands policies

Not DesiredAddicted to social mediaUses poor grammar and punctuation Presents controversial or offensive materialNon-responsive to emails and phone callsTakes low-quality photos (blurry, weird angles, too many selfies)

Extremely introvertedNeeds rescue support for all things foster relatedSlide10

It’s Easier Thank You Think!

Our foster homes don’t have time to do site visits.Solution: Replace the site visit with the reference check of vets or farriers and have professionals provide your site visit information

Our foster homes don’t have access to the data they need.

Solution: Cloud based storage and databases put data at everyone’s finger tips. We use RescueGroups.org and Google DriveWe don’t want our foster homes accepting cash checks.Solution: Pay the fee online through donation link or Paypal

We don’t know how to train foster homes to do this.Solution: Contact Safe Harbor for templatesSlide11

Key Points To Ponder

Foster homes: not all are adoption ambassadors

Facebook: Keep a secret FB group for your foster homes

Advertise: Use farm signs, car signs, shirts, flyers, etc. Be realistic: Support ambassadors but realize may not be for everyone

Reward your people: But..Remember it’s all about the horses Slide12

Heather Mohan-Gibbons (ASPCA)heather.mohan-gibbons@aspca.org

Suzanne D’Alonzo (HSUS)


Sariah Hopkins (Safe Harbor) Adoption Ambassadors sariah@safeharborsanctuary.org