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Nancy
07-20-2006, 07:36 PM
I apologize in advance for not knowing the animal- writing market. But I thought this is the place to ask.

My best friend is involved at the ground level of establishing a large animal (large as in size, not "large animals") sanctuary here in Ohio. Right now I can't contribute any money or much time, but want to help out. I'd like to contribute some marketing and/or PR help and possibly write an article or two about its process and development.

Any thoughts about a market/audience?

TIA,

alleycat
07-20-2006, 08:06 PM
My initial thought . . . write a good press release and send it to every newspaper and TV station around.

Also, a poster/bulletin board piece for vet offices and to go in places like Wild Birds Unlimited (even if these animals are not wild). I actually wrote a "clever" poem for a friend who was doing something similar; I'll see if I can dig it out.

alleycat
07-20-2006, 08:20 PM
And here is the poem. I didn't say it was a great poem, did I? And I'm not sure how you'd use it, but you're welcome to.



WE


We come in hungry, homeless and wet
We come in abandoned as someone’s pet
We come in deep-scarred, beaten and shot
We come in often crippled and sick a lot

We are the ones who no one cared for
We are the ones families wanted no more
We are the product of all those unkind
We are the companions put out of mind

We seek shelter, attention, and a warm bed
We seek sometimes, yes, just to be fed
We seek only friends and respect among man
We seek most of all, a kind loving hand

We ask you to kindly remember our needs
We ask you to show us in word and in deed
We ask you to love us and show some concern
We will be yours, loyal and faithful in return

That is who we are.

(c) 2005

Nancy
07-20-2006, 08:34 PM
Oh, I think that's a great poem. Very touching and to the point.

And thanks for the suggestions, especially the press release idea. I do write a nice press release, if I do say so myself. ;)

Gary
07-20-2006, 08:48 PM
That's a beautiful poem....for a great cause.

awatkins
07-20-2006, 09:04 PM
Very nice poem, ac. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Nancy, ac's suggestions sound good to me. I'd add radio stations to the press releases list. Good luck! The sanctuary sounds like a great thing.

Nancy
07-20-2006, 09:51 PM
AC:

My friend would like to use your poem. Sure it's OK? If so, may I have your byline. If you'd prefer to be incognito here, please PM me.

Thanks,

alleycat
07-20-2006, 09:54 PM
AC:

My friend would like to use your poem. Sure it's OK? If so, may I have your byline. If you'd prefer to be incognito here, please PM me.

Thanks,
I'll PM you. I'm afraid to hand out my real name since I've threatened to eat awatkins's birds so often . . .

awatkins
07-20-2006, 10:07 PM
That's probably a real good idea. Muwahah.

alleycat
07-20-2006, 10:10 PM
That's probably a real good idea. Muwahah.
Got any bird recipes . . . uh, I mean, bird feeding tips?

awatkins
07-20-2006, 10:36 PM
Did somebody say something?

Nancy
07-20-2006, 11:04 PM
AC:

Hope you don't mind me posting this here, but I wanted to share it. This is the response to your poem from one of the developers of the sanctuary project:

Rhonda,

That is AMAZING. Wonder if we could get permission to paint it on the wall of the visitor's center? Kinda pulls everything we are doing into unforgetable words. I'd love to see us use it on the website, again if we could get permission...

I told her that you are giving permission, but to be sure to include your byline and copyright.

Hope that's OK.
N

Nancy
07-20-2006, 11:05 PM
I won't tell them anything about your tendency to eat companion birds.........

awatkins
07-20-2006, 11:22 PM
AC:

Hope you don't mind me posting this here, but I wanted to share it. This is the response to your poem from one of the developers of the sanctuary project:

Rhonda,

That is AMAZING. Wonder if we could get permission to paint it on the wall of the visitor's center? Kinda pulls everything we are doing into unforgetable words. I'd love to see us use it on the website, again if we could get permission...

I told her that you are giving permission, but to be sure to include your byline and copyright.

Hope that's OK.
N

Wow!! That's a great letter! Congrats, ac! Nancy, if they do paint it on the wall, do you think we could get a picture? I know this is waaaay ahead of things, but that would be so cool. :)

re: ac eating companion birds--I don't think my two feather heads are too worried. :D

Nancy
07-21-2006, 12:12 AM
In this case a "feather head" is a compliment, eh?

awatkins
07-21-2006, 12:16 AM
Yes. :D

alleycat
07-21-2006, 04:30 AM
So is "plump and juicy".

;-)

awatkins
07-21-2006, 07:27 AM
:poke:

Nancy
07-21-2006, 04:21 PM
You two are so bad!

We've babysat (eww, is that a word?) our friends' cockatiel so many times that the cat is totally, "Whatever.....". And amazingly the bird has become blase about the cat, too.

alleycat
07-22-2006, 03:39 AM
I happen to enjoy a good Martini Cockatiel before dinner. Ruffled, not plucked.

awatkins
07-22-2006, 08:45 PM
But Nancy, the punny possibilities are endless! :D

Here's a funny story about my Amazon parrot Pancho: One night I was trying to decide what to cook for dinner. I told my husband I thought I'd roast a chicken. Pancho who was sitting nearby, cried, "Oh, no!" in a terribly stricken little voice. He never said that before, and he hasn't said it since. LOL

I guess we really should apologize to Nancy for hijacking her thread (ac started it).

Nancy
07-23-2006, 12:01 AM
Oh, I'm loving it. Especialy that fancy cocktail, I mean cockatiel.

Out where I am, you're suspect if you drink anything fancier than Bud.

alleycat
07-23-2006, 06:33 PM
Every thread gets hijacked around here. Someone will start a topic asking "Should I use a prologue or not?" and by page 2 they're discussing whether Orlando Bloom is cuter than Brad Pitt and by page 3 PeeDee will be telling us what kind of toilet tissue he prefers.

And Nancy, if your friends wants to see how nice an animal shelter can be, tell them to come to Nashville. The Humane Association shelter (where both my kittys came from) has to be one of the nicest in the country. I'll find a link and post it.

alleycat
07-23-2006, 06:40 PM
http://www.nashvillehumane.org/

Nancy
07-23-2006, 10:12 PM
Now I'm confused. What type of toilet tissue does Brad Pitt prefer? Inquiring minds need to know.

I'll foward the link to the sanctuary folks. Thanks.

alleycat
07-24-2006, 02:59 AM
We also have . . . an elephant sanctuary.

I'm not kidding. I think there's more elephants in Tennessee than any place outside of Africa or India.

awatkins
07-24-2006, 06:55 PM
ac, did something happen with one of the elephants last week? Yesterday I caught the end of a news bite (byte?) concerning one of them and wondered if there had been any problems.

alleycat
07-24-2006, 06:59 PM
One of the elephants killed one of the handlers. Last time I heard they hadn't decided what to do with the elephant yet. Apparently she was a matriarchal female who has caused problems in the past.

ETA: I just read in the morning newspaper that the sanctuary has decided not to put down Winkie, the elephant. However, I'm guessing the state of Tennessee has the last word on that.

awatkins
07-24-2006, 07:31 PM
Oh, no. I was afraid it was something like that. Thanks for the info, ac.

alleycat
07-24-2006, 07:37 PM
Here's a link: http://www.elephants.com/pr/joanna_burke.htm

Nancy
07-25-2006, 06:02 PM
Here's a link to the Haven at Braeburn, the sanctuary I mentioned earlier:

http://thehavenatbraebrun.com/index/html[/URL]

Nancy
07-25-2006, 06:03 PM
Sorry - obviously I don't know how to make this a live link. Duhh......

alleycat
07-25-2006, 06:20 PM
You have a typo in the URL, Nancy.

Here you go: http://thehavenatbraeburn.com/index/html

However, this link seems to work better: http://thehavenatbraeburn.com/

Nancy
07-25-2006, 11:03 PM
Thanks, ac. Now how do you post a live link?

I should know this, but the heat has cooked the few brain cells I have left.

alleycat
07-25-2006, 11:18 PM
Thanks, ac. Now how do you post a live link?

Just cut-and-paste the URL, being sure to leave a space in front and at the end of the URL. Generally it comes in automatically.

Nancy
07-25-2006, 11:35 PM
removed

GHF65
07-26-2006, 04:10 PM
I happen to enjoy a good Martini Cockatiel before dinner. Ruffled, not plucked.

My cockatoo is screaming bloody murder for no apparent reason. Would a before breakfast Cosmopolitan Cockatoo do? I'll PM you his address.

Wow! I've never hired a hit cat before. :hat:

Now, what was that about PeeDee's pits?

Nancy
07-26-2006, 08:08 PM
Hi SchoolM:

I think you can use anything in a Cosmopolitan. Much like martinis - chocolate martinis?? Eeeww.

And drinking is fine before breakfast or even FOR breakfast. Since I'm a substance abuse counselor, I'll keep an eye on that for you. :D

This thread has become totally weird. It's great.

alleycat
07-26-2006, 10:01 PM
Weird? As oppose to these other popular threads: Nuttier Than a Sack-Full of Ferrets; Horse Meat Processing Plant; Man Stuck in Airport Terminal for 18 Years; Just Look at Those Ankles . . . oh, wait, I posted in that one.

Nancy
07-26-2006, 10:11 PM
Are you sure you're not talking about that incredibly goofy tabloid I see at the grocery store? This week's headline is "Vampire Cat." That's not you, is it, ac?:poke:

That's actually a fairly tame one. It's usually something like, "Potato Shaped Like Jesus Gives Sermon."

alleycat
07-26-2006, 10:14 PM
No, but I actually know the people with the "world famous nun bun":

http://www.bongojava.com/beans.php?content=nunbun

To prove Mother Teresa's sense of humor and her enjoyment of the bun, her attorney told us the following story. He met with her and her replacement a week before she died. They all knew she was dying and they wanted to clear up a few urgent matters – one crazily enough was the NunBun™. After he explained the agreement worked out with Bongo Java and asked for her approval, Mother Teresa looked at her replacement and said "You tell those guys to find a cinnamon bun that looks like her."

TheIT
07-26-2006, 10:21 PM
This thread is making me thirsty. I guess alleycat needed something to wash down all the Caiques from the Bird Times thread. :D

Nancy, what sort of animals will be accepted into your friend's shelter? Dogs, cats, other? If it's dogs and cats, you might also want to consider contacting the other types of animal rescue operations in your area.

And to add to the funny bird stories: My brother owns an African Gray parrot (or macaw, I'm not sure) who can say several words. Gizmo can also beep like the microwave. Whenever the phone rings, Gizmo calls out my niece's name and sounds exactly like my brother.

Nancy
07-26-2006, 10:56 PM
TheIT:

Thanks for showing those of us who have lost our way back to the original topic ;)

I should clarify: while I want to help out this great cause (and they will probably be taking in just about any domestic animal, btw), the not-so-altruistic me wants to hopefully sell an article on this enterprise.

I'm not familiar enough w/ the animal-writing market to know where to start. Just point me and I'll do the research.

I should get back to work. But, you know, a cinnamon roll shaped like a prominent religious figure sounds pretty good about now.....

GHF65
07-28-2006, 04:53 PM
Hi SchoolM:

I think you can use anything in a Cosmopolitan. Much like martinis - chocolate martinis?? Eeeww.

And drinking is fine before breakfast or even FOR breakfast. Since I'm a substance abuse counselor, I'll keep an eye on that for you. :D

This thread has become totally weird. It's great.

Wow! Me too!

Well . . . not really. I did the work to be an SAC, but found the externship was cutting into my drinking time.

Weird? Huh. I hadn't noticed.

SHBueche
07-31-2006, 07:58 PM
You might try checking out the newsletters and magazines for the Humane Society of the US (www.hsus.org (http://www.hsus.org)).