Know what you NEED from a good software? But a bit stuck on how to start your research? In this post we help animal rescuers identify software companies that might be a good fit for their organization and provide some simple steps about how to evaluate these programs in a consistent way!Read More
Reflections and insights from our time spent at the Making a Difference Now (KY) conference in September (Brownie, our 3-legged canine mascot, even got to attend!)Read More
OK, so you’ve come to a decision that, most likely, software can help your rescue out in some way. As tech nerds, we love to hear this! But where do you even begin? And how do you go about this seemingly complex process AND keep your rescue running at the same time? Over the next few posts, we’ll explore how to start your software research on solid footing and see it through to the actual implementation of any program you buy. All with an eye towards being as efficient and confident as possible!Read More
UPDATE: A note from the Sparkie team - August 2018
If you’ve been following our blog and social media content, you might have noticed we went dark for a little (or long!) while. We’ve been transparent about this in the past: like rescuers, we work full-time jobs and want to put the time we do have against the outcomes that will have the biggest impact on our current (and future) rescuer customers.
Over the past 9 months, that has meant working on 2 of our biggest feature releases to date: automatic email notifications of tasks AND templates to make data entry even faster and easier!
As such, we recognize that our non-software resources have taken a hit, and that we have followers who count on us for that (even if they don’t use our software...yet :)
So with that, we are going to reinvigorate our blog, and pick up where we left off on our startup software series, this time with a post about how to evaluate software you need to power your rescue.
While choosing the right software provider can take time, and definitely be a bit stressful during the process, the good news is that, whether you use free software or pay for it, whether it's software to help manage donors, finances, animals or all of this information, the evaluation criteria you can use is the same. So click onto our next article to read about what you need to know to make sure you pick the best software for YOUR rescue!
R is for....Rescue group REVENUE. That's right, everyone's favorite topic! But in all seriousness, without understanding your rescue group's finances, including the most optimal, efficient sources of revenue, your group may not be around for long (like startups that don't watch their budgets). In this first of 3 posts, we dive into the "R" a bit more, and pose questions and offer some answers to get you in a number-crunching frame of mind!Read More
Was our decision to attend the Best Friends Conference worth it? PAW-YEA!!! Keep reading to learn more about the conference, what we observed, and what's next for Sparkie!Read More
“Well, DUH! It’s to save animals!” While that might be your answer to the question “What is your rescue group’s mission?”, in this post we challenge you to think about how to communicate your mission and what, if any, other "missions" your rescue group might be able to haveRead More
In many ways, animal rescue groups are no different than seed or early-stage startups. And both can learn a lot from the other! This 10-part series will explore all the ways animal rescue groups can benefit from thinking like (and using the same resources as) tech startups, as well as how those professionally in the startup world can put their skills to use for their furry friends! (image credit)Read More
What do animal rescuers love more than their animals? FACEBOOK! :) In this post we dive into the increasingly important (and sticky) social media site and how rescuers can continue to make the most of it!Read More
What will animal rescue look like this year? We decided to take a stab at figuring that out in our first ever 'Paw-dictions' post for 2017!Read More