ThurstonTalk, Adopt-A-Pet Celebrate One-Year Partnership

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ThurstonTalk and Adopt-A-Pet have been partnering for over one year to share stories about dogs available for adoption in our area.

It was 54 weeks ago that Terri Thomas first contacted ThurstonTalk, asking if we would share a story about a dog available for adoption. A volunteer at Shelton’s Adopt-A-Pet, Terri wanted to access ThurstonTalk’s distribution network of more than 50,000 local readers on social media. Her goal was to share stories about dogs that were available for adoption.

Duke is Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton's dog of the week earlier this year.
Duke is Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton’s dog of the week earlier this year.

Each week, Terri crafts a short bio of an available dog. She snaps a picture and emails it to the ThurstonTalk Editor. The article and picture is posted to our LocalTalk section, a place on our website reserved for our customers and community partners to share stories about their products, services, special events, and other newsworthy messages.

“As an all volunteer non-profit, there is not much time or money available for outreach,” says Terri. “The Dog of the Week feature, graciously provided by ThurstonTalk, has increased our exposure in the community.”

Terri reports that in 2014 the organization found homes for 247 dogs. After partnering with ThurstonTalk, 323 dogs were adopted in 2015. “I’m confident that huge increase is due to this partnership,” she says. 

“The impact goes way beyond the specific dog featured.  People see our name each week and remember us when they are looking for a new best friend, find a stray, or have to give a dog up.  I think the digital resource has attracted a younger audience to our Facebook page than we had previously seen,” adds Terri.

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Sugar is one of the dogs that Terri Thomas wrote about for Adopt-A-Pet’s dog of the week feature on ThurstonTalk.

Terri stresses that the animal shelter is always on the look out for new volunteers and financial donations. “Volunteers can walk or run with the dogs on the miles of roads and trails, socialize and train, or just give needed belly rubs.”

“Shelters are a scary place and a dog can never have too many friends.  Other work involves being on the adoption team, helping in the office, maintaining the facility, writing grants or doing community outreach.  It takes a village to save a dog – and we welcome all ages and physical abilities.  Some people are on a set schedule and others help when they can,” says Terri.

Check out adorable dogs, waiting for a forever home, by following Adopt-A-Pet on Facebook.  The shelter is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available at Adopt-A-Pet.
There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available at Adopt-A-Pet.

To learn how you can access ThurstonTalk’s distribution network, contact us at or 360-482-1671.

ThurstonTalk is a digital media company sharing positive stories about people, places and businesses in Thurston County. ThurstonTalk offers content marketing and online options across our Community Social Network to advertise in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and beyond.  Advertise with ThurstonTalk to reach your target market, grow your brand, and measure results.

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