Cindy's Critter Crew is a group of volunteers who want to help shelter pets find their forever homes. We do this by taking a few hours a month to do really nice pictures of the pets for use on adoptions websites. In other cities, this has increased adoption rates by 50-75%!
The last photo shoot scheduled for Cindy's Critter Crew did not happen. It was set for Stray Rescue of St. Louis. I was there, along with my husband and KLOU staff members. One regular volunteer was there (thank you, Jennifer) and that was it. We did not have a single photographer. No photographer - no photo shoot.
While it was embarrassing, to say the least, it also made me realize I need a reservation system.
In the past, I've asked volunteers to let me know if they will be able to make it. From a mailing list of about 125, I received less than 10 RSVPs. It seems the practice has gone completely out of fashion. We've always had a good showing, regardless of the RSVP rate, so I wasn't too worried. That changed last Sunday.
Our next photo shoot is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th. I will be sending a notice to the mailing list, as always, but you'll now see a link to let me know whether you will be able to attend. If we don't have a sufficient number by May 1st, I will cancel the photo shoot and we'll try again the next month.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for your interest in Cindy's Critter Crew. If you are not on the mailing list, but would like to be, drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.