After months of hard work we are excited to launch our new Pets for Patriots website and invite you to take it for a spin. Here is what we have in store for you.
Improved site navigation
Our new site makes it easier to find the information you are looking for, whether you want to adopt a pet, see if we have a program in your community, or support Pets for Patriots with a donation.
We have simplified the main navigation to highlight the most important and frequently used site functions and an expandable menu gives one-click access every other page of our site.
For example, clicking on ‘adopt a pet’ reveals a sub-menu of pages. You can see where we operate, the types of pets eligible through our program, benefits for veterans, proofs of service we accept, and a pre-qualification application.
More showing, less saying
It is said that a picture is worth 1,000 words. The new site uses imagery that illustrates our mission and work in ways that mere words are unable to do as effectively. Reading about the veteran-pet bond is one thing; seeing it captured in a photograph is quite another.
Our goal is to make your experience emotionally compelling because our work not only changes lives, it saves them. And it does not get more emotional than that.
Over the years we have observed how visitors use our site and have been taking notes.
A few improvements includes having each online form on one screen versus screen-to-screen scrolling, a map where you can see if we have a Pets for Patriots program in your community, and easy ways to share our success stories through the most popular social media channels.
Our contact page is a great example of how we have updated our approach to communicating with the many people who get in touch with us every day.
We made it easier to link to our resources page where we answer the most commonly asked questions. We tell visitors up front what not to contact us about because those issues are not part of our mission, but as a courtesy provide information on these topics because we believe in helping and educating people to the best of our ability.
Our hours of operation are easier to see, as are ways to contact us by mail or fax.
A blog worth blogging about
Our mission truly comes to life through the many real-life stories of veterans and their adopted pets, which we share on our blog and through our weekly e-newsletter. Because these stories are such an integral part of who we are and what we do, we want you to stay a while and enjoy the many tales of lives saved through the generosity of our supporters.
Our new blog features larger imagery and story headlines so that scanning for stories that you care about most is easier. Once inside a blog post, the right-hand sidebar suggests other posts that may interest you. In addition, you can search for posts organized by category (i.e., dog tales, cat tales) or tag (i.e, adult pets, Afghanistan veterans, depression, PTSD) – and completely personalize your blog experience.
Making it easier to show you care about Pets for Patriots
At Pets for Patriots we all feel like we have the best jobs in the world. Not only do we have the honor of serving our military veterans and saving the most overlooked companion pets, but we have passionate supporters who want to help in so many ways.
Our new website makes it easier to get involved through donations, advocacy and volunteerism.
When you click the ‘Donate now’ link on our main navigation it opens a menu that features all the ways you can sustain our life-saving work. Click the ‘Donate now’ menu heading and you are taken to a page with brief explanations of each form of giving – whether you choose to give through a direct financial donation, planned giving, shopping and searching online, or volunteering.
In addition, the bottom section of every page of our site invites you to ‘join the conversation.’ Here you can sign up for our emailing list, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram. The very bottom navigation includes links to other popular social media channels, including Facebook and Pinterest.
We hope that you enjoy exploring – and sharing! – our new website.