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Here's just some of the things rescuers have taught us
You can't control the tough stuff
But you can control how you manage it
You're an animal rescuer. By definition you see the best and worst of humanity more times in a single day than most of us do in our entire lives. And, unfortunately, a lot is out of your control: what an animal will be like after they decompress from a shelter, whether or not the adopter will return the animal to you, you name it.
But the right technology can help you control some of the other activities critical to running your rescue, so you have more energy to deal with what you can't control
Bad tech is worse than no tech
How many times has this happened to you?
Animal control just called. They picked up a dog with a microchip that lists you on it, but it doesn't have the adopter's name on the chip. You set out in your mountain of paperwork (or spreadsheets) to track down the owner. The dog's name is listed as Buddy, but wait a minute, there's no Buddy in your records. Crap! You remember now that the adopter changed the dog's name ... but you're not sure to what. What are you going to do? And btw, animal control is on their way to your house to drop the dog off.
You get the picture. Bad (or no) tech just sucks.
"Free" is never really free
There's more to software than cost
There's the value you get out of it. We don't think you should be forced to buy a microchip, advertise pet insurance, or pay for customer support just because you initially get a database "for free". There's the time it takes you to learn how to use it and the frustration you might experience doing so. And both cost you something: the resources to keep rescuing animals.
We charge a transparent, monthly license fee for our software. (And it comes with unlimited customer support - gasp!)
We're volunteers too
We get it: the time pressure is real
Like most of you, we aren't paid employees. We work on Sparkie on top of full time day-jobs in the same fields that give us the expertise to build software. So we know what it's like to be an all-volunteer organization and "be broke." But we also recognize the value of good software to power a business and take it to the next level, and we pay for it when it saves us time (like this nifty SquareSpace website).
Investing in the right technology when you need it is one of the smartest things you can do to set yourself up for success. So why wait any longer for good software that is easy to understand and fun to use? Try Sparkie now.