FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions about starting a club and what to do once you club has been formed. Just click on the question to see the answer!

The mission of a Homeless Pet Club is to use flyers, posters, email, Facebook and other social media, and various projects, to help find homes for dogs and cats in county animal shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups.

Homeless Pet Club's importance lies in its ability to engage all segments of society in animal rescue. Homeless Pet Clubs work to reduce the time animals spend at a shelter or rescue group by helping to find homes for them. The mission of the Homeless Pet Clubs of America is to ensure that adoptable pets in shelters and pet rescue groups get good homes.

Homeless Pet Clubs help to find loving homes for animals living in their local animal shelter or rescue group. Homeless Pet Clubs use social networking to spread the message that an adoptable pet that lives in a community animal shelter or local rescue group. Pet clubs are easy to start and drive awareness and traffic to Homeless Pet Clubs rescue partners.

Yes, anybody can start a Homeless Pet Club. School clubs need a teacher sponsor.

No, clubs are fun, free, and effective!

Sponsoring a pet simply means promoting a pet through social media, printing out flyers, sending e-mails or posting the pet's info on your website to help find a forever-home for the pet you choose. Sponsoring does not mean "fostering", where you take the pet into your home until it gets adopted; and it does not mean donating money for a specific animal. Though all rescue groups and shelters greatly appreciate monetary donations, "sponsoring" does not mean "donating".

All the pets available for sponsorship are listed on the Pets to Sponsor page. When you find a pet that you want to sponsor, click on the pet's details, then enter your club ID number and e-mail address and click "Submit". You and the rescue/shelter partner will receive an e-mail to confirm your selection. The pet details page has a link to print out flyers for that pet and a FaceBook "like" button, which will post that pet's info to your wall. Click here to go to the Pets to Sponsor page.

Our system is designed for pet clubs to choose multiple pets to sponsor.

When the sponsored pet is adopted, our system will notify the club. They can throw a little party to celebrate their success and then pick another animal and start all over again!

If you need to change any of your club information, please send an e-mail to techsupport@homelesspetclubs.org and we'll make any changes you need.

If you want to change the shelter or rescue group from which you club is sponsoring pets, simply send an e-mail to techsupport@homelesspetclubs.org and let us know which shelter/rescue group you choose. Note that it must be one of our shelter/rescue partners listed on the Partner Listing page.

You can attach your logo in .jpg or .gif format in an e-mail and send it to techsupport@homelesspetclubs.org and we'll add your logo (we reserve the right to resize it as necessary). Please note that we cannot use images that are taken from other websites which do not belong to your club. In other words, your logo must be original and belong to your club.

Not only do these clubs enrich the lives of animals and the families who adopt them, but club activities provide opportunities to develop skills in leadership, communication, marketing, advocacy and teamwork.

Club activities help to develop character. Teachers report that from engaging in the club's projects, meetings and activities, their students experience an increased sense of responsibility, achievement, and community involvement.

School pet clubs sponsor pets from an HPC rescue/shelter partner. School clubs can also: make flyers, hold donation drives, invite guest speakers, hold fundraisers, have contests, and participate in animal welfare educational activities.

Most clubs meet at least once a month. Some meet weekly. This is up to the club sponsor!

Clubs vary from 10 members to 100! Your club membership limit should be determined before meeting; that is up to the club sponsor.

Get approval from your administrator. Determine your membership limit, and how often you wish to meet, as well as meeting dates and location. Register your club on our site, School Club Enrollment Form. This only needs to be done once by the club sponsor.
When you are ready, you may print copies of our membership form (for individual students who want to be in the pet club), or create your own, and make enough copies as needed. Plan for transportation after your club; will students stay in an after-care program or be picked up by parents? Plan accordingly. Make plans for your first meeting!

Please visit our Resources page for activity ideas and lessons.

It's easy! Go to the navigation menu, under Start a Club choose "Schools". Complete a few quick questions, then choose a rescue group or shelter on the form. You will receive an email regarding the status of your club, which will be quickly approved. This is for the sponsor only, not the student members. You only need to register the club once. Individual club members do not need to register.

You will need your Club ID number when selecting a pet to sponsor.

All the pets available for sponsorship are listed on the "Pets to Sponsor" page (on this website). When you find a pet that you want to sponsor, click on the pet's details, then enter your club ID number and e-mail address and click "Submit". You and the rescue/shelter partner will receive an e-mail to confirm your selection. The pet details page has a link to print out flyers for that pet and a FaceBook "like" button, which will post that pet's info to your wall.

Yes. Resources are available on our site, and they are constantly evolving. We also feature links to outside resources from other groups for ideas, topics to discuss and a list of potential guest speakers for your club meetings.

A club can have officers, such as a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Yes, so many children love animals and want to volunteer at humane societies, where they aren't allowed to help because of their age. Pet clubs provide a direct and meaningful way for kids to help animals in need.

Animal-loving patrons will appreciate a business that gives back to the community by helping homeless animals. By seeing the face of a dog or cat on a business's email, website, newsletter or flyer, customers will know that they are patronizing a business that shares their values.

The mission of the Homeless Pet Business Clubs is to give a voice to the homeless dogs and cats. We need caring individuals to organize their work place to become that powerful voice. Your club will sponsor a dog or cat from an HPC rescue/shelter partner. Business clubs may or may not hold club meetings; that's completely up to the management and employees interested in having a pet club.

Your business club members spread the information on the sponsored pets in your local sphere of influence until your sponsored pets have found a forever home. There are multiple ways to spread the word: email, newsletters, website postings, word of mouth, flyers and press releases. Whatever method you choose to communicate with clients, family and friends.

Just like school clubs do, business clubs can also make flyers, hold donation drives, hold fundraisers, and participate in animal welfare educational activities.

Community pet clubs can be clubs started in any church or synagogue group, neighborhoods, book clubs, moms groups, sports groups, boys & girls clubs, etc.

Community clubs operate in the same way as school clubs. They use flyers, posters, email, Facebook and other social media, and various projects, to find help homes for dogs and cats in county animal shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups.