How do I adopt a pet?
What instructions do I need to follow post-adoption?
Can I take my new pet home the same day?
In most cases, yes. We actually prefer for you to take your new pet home so that he/she can get started being a part of your family. If you know you are in the market for a pet, it is a good idea to have some things ready for your new pet such as bedding, food, bowls, and toys. That way, when you fall in love with the right one, you both will be ready.
How do I make a recurring monthly donation?
The addition of recurring donation functionality is one of our top administrative priorities. Many people like the convenience of a commitment that continues without interruption, so we're working to make this a reality. In the mean time, please continue to make your donation monthly and you'll be the first to be informed when the new feature is active.
How will my donation be used?
Your generous donation will be used to support all the activities necessary to save more shelter animals in Clermont County. Donations not designated for a specific program can be used for everything from providing veterinary care for an animal to purchasing a booth at a local event to provide visibility to the animals ready for adoption. Your donation will be used to serve the animals, we have no paid staff at CPA!.
Can I choose a specific program to support?
Yes, each of our program pages has a fund raising section that allows you to make a tax deductible contribution to assist in the success of the program you favor.
Who is Clermont Pets Alive!?
Clermont Pets Alive! (CPA!), is dedicated to stopping the killing of Clermont County's adoptable dogs and cats. CPA! is a program of Pet Alliance, Inc., founded in 2006, as a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to create programs to save more animals. We are a grassroots group of volunteers, led by Pet Alliance founder, Anita Barron, who want to see the end of the killing of the homeless pets in Clermont County, Ohio, and the entire country. CPA! is leading the charge towards No Kill by energizing the public and breaking down myths about sheltered pets. CPA! believes that actions speak louder than words and is backing up the No Kill rhetoric with lifesaving programs designed to save the animals most likely to die at kill shelters.
Are the rest of the Cincinnati counties following Clermont's lead?
Unfortunately, most are not! Boone County Kentucky launched their No Kill initiative in January 2012 but Hamilton, Butler and Warren Counties in Ohio do not have active No Kill initiatives. If you're interested in supporting the No Kill efforts in other Cincinnati area counties, consider joining the No Kill Tri-State group.
What are we doing?
Clermont Pets Alive! is embarking on a bold and aggressive initiative to make Clermont County a No Kill Community as fast as possible. CPA! is building the resources needed to create a “safety net” for the pets of Clermont County and their owners. By looking at the reasons why animals are killed in shelters, CPA! will create specific lifesaving programs that address those issues head on. These programs will model innovative programs in other communities in the United States. The key feature to our work is that we take the initiative to think big and work hard to save ALL the animals at our shelters. That has been our defining characteristic. We are anti-status quo.
What can I do as a Clermont Pets Alive! volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as we grow and develop new programs. Below is an alphabetical listing of current opportunities, but you will get more details and learn about the latest needs and options when you attend orientation.
AdoptionAssist adoption staff at CPA! offsite locations by answering questions from the public and facilitating introductions between potential adopters and our animals. Follow up with clients after adoption to check in and answer any questions or concerns.
BehaviorWork with our highest need dogs on manners, socialization, and basic obedience to make them more adoptable. Dog Behavior volunteers are eligible to take dogs on field trips and participate in training opportunities.
Data Entry/Office WorkEnter data to keep our processes running smoothly.
EventsPromote CPA!’s mission and recruit volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors at special events around town. Work at info tables and booths, and hang out with adoptable animals while representing Clermont Pets Alive!.
Foster, Foster CoordinationProvide temporary care for cats or dogs in your home until they can be adopted. You must be the owner/renter of home and fill out a Foster Care Volunteer Application. See our Foster page for more information. You can also assist in this effort by becoming a Foster Coordinator. Foster Coordinators coordinate between different departments to keep our foster program running smoothly.
FundraisingOur organization is completely dependent on donations. This committee assists in finding individual and business sponsors; researching and writing grants; overseeing donor recognition; develop and assist with fundraising events.
Intake CoordinationWork with the Clermont Count Humane Society (CCHS) to determine which animals to bring into program based upon available space, coordinate incoming animals with Foster Coordinator, input new animal info into database, arrange/provide for transport to foster home. Qualifications: Computer skills/internet access, highly organized, ability to remain level headed when faced with emotional decisions.
Love-on-a-Leash Team (dog walking and dog needs)Come help the LOL team walk our building dogs and ensure they get the exercise and TLC they need every day. Shifts are from 7-9am and 8-10pm. For more information, contact the LOL team leaders at LOL-Info@ClermontPetsAlive.org to sign up now.
Medical CoordinationEnsure pets are up to date on all medical requirements prior to attending adoption events; ensure medical information is in database; help fosters with medical questions; coordinate medical needs with veterinarians.
PASS HelplineAnswer calls from the public one day a week to help them rehome their pet instead of taking it to the Clermont County Humane Society (CCHS).
PhotographyTake and post digital photos of shelter and foster animals for marketing materials. Experience and DSLR camera strongly preferred.
Marketing/PR/Graphic DesignHelp educate the public about CPA! and our mission. Seek out public speaking opportunities; presentations at local fairs, farmers’ markets and other events; distribute PR materials at events and local businesses. Create a variety of promotional materials including brochures, ads, posters and flyers.
TransportTransport dogs from CCHS and other locations to adoption sites and back via your own vehicle.
Volunteer CoordinationAssist in all aspects of recruiting, orienting, determining placement of, and coordinating volunteers for APA! departments.
Website/Other Tech SupportDesign or program our website, support our databases, provide media/tech support for conferences, new facilities, etc.
Writing/EditingWrite a variety of different marketing materials; create animal biographies; edit publications like the No Kill Handbill.
How do I become an CPA! volunteer?
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out our online Volunteer Application. Once you have completed the application, you will receive an email prompting you to sign up for a Volunteer Orientation. At the orientation session you will learn about our organization and all of the various ways to get involved.
I’m having problems with the volunteer application. How can I get help?
A common reason that an application fails to submit is required fields left blank. All items with a red asterisk must be completed. Also, each application must have a unique email address, so duplicate applications from the same email address (shared by family members, for example) will not submit. The email inviting you to orientation is the verification that we received your application, but if you don’t receive the email that doesn’t mean the application wasn’t received. In most cases, if you don’t find the email in your regular inbox, it will be in your spam filter or junk mail folder because your email settings are not allowing email from Clermont Pets Alive!. If you continue to have problems submitting your application or finding the email about orientation, please let us know by emailing Volunteer@ClermontPetsAlive.org.