Nonprofit Rescue Website
Web Design for Nonprofit Rescue Groups
9-Lives Cat Rescue Society is a group offering TNR (trap-neuter-release) and adoption programs for Hants County felines. 9-Lives brings together a number of volunteers with a dedicated focus to rescuing felines in the Hants County area.
A well-known local group, Friends of Ferals, ceased operating under that name in 2015. Many of the original volunteers were still working hard, and in 2016 they joined with 9-Lives Cat Rescue, a registered charity in Kennetcook. There was no website or dedicated email, and the group needed assistance getting it all set up.
The problem: nonprofit rescue group web design
The original website, a wordpress blog of, let’s say, “a certain age”, was inaccessible and inadequate for the new group’s needs. Volunteers with technical know-how can be a bit scarce, especially in a small rural area. Existing volunteers tend to be stretched thin just dealing with all the other necessities of starting up–let alone maintaining the group’s goals–and a website can seem like just too much.
I registered a new domain and started with a fresh wordpress install. The group can now offer as much information online as possible to reduce phone time for its busy volunteers. It also has an easy-to-use feline adoption “cat-alogue”, pun intended 😉
Nonprofit rescue groups of all kinds, including cat rescue groups, are found all over the world. Some have websites that work and some don’t. From my research, I found the aspects that I felt worked well and incorporated them into a whole new website.
This group is heavily reliant on both social media and its website to gather supporters and share its goals. I was happy to provide a website that will work, and they won’t need to have a technical expert constantly available. A training session – or two! – will help them keep up with the majority of the basic tasks, and therefore keep upkeep costs as low as possible.
- Clean and simple to manage