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Your organization can make any status (other than Deleted) available via the RescueGroups.org API.  You can set your public animal statuses by going to Animals > Settings > Public Statuses.

 

The animal status field can be changed to reflect the disposition of an animal. The statuses are:

Status

Description

Available for Adoption

The animal is available for adoption and will appear on the Animal List and Animal Browse web pages or be exported according to your organization’s service configuration.

Available for Sponsorship

The animal can be sponsored. You can learn more about sponsorships in the Sponsorships section of this User Guide.  These pets are not exported.

Available to FosterThe animal can be fostered.

Adopted

The animal will appear on the Successes web page and will be listed on the adopted pets lists on the adoption listing web sites (as appropriate for your organization’s settings).

Deleted

The animal information is no longer needed, and is ready to be removed from the RescueGroups.org system (including pictures and all other related information).  Deleted information will appear on the Data Recovery page for 30 days after which it may be purged from the database.

All Other Statuses

The animal is hidden from the public, and viewable only by your volunteers.

Instead of selecting an Adopted status and entering an Adopted Date for an animal, it is recommended that you use the Adoptions feature of your service (if available). Animals > Adoptions > Add an Adoption

Animal Statuses and the Adoption Listing Websites

The following statuses are exported to the adoption listing websites.  You can make any status (other than Deleted) available via the RescueGroups.org API.

Status

Description

Available for Adoption

This status goes to the adoption listing websites as "Available" or "Adoptable," depending on their configuration.

Adopted

Adopted pets within the past six months export to Petfinder by default -- you can disable that option under Export Settings.  Adopt-a-Pet.com does not support FTP upload of adopted pets.  Adopted pets are also available via the RescueGroups.org API.

Hold and Pending

Animals with a status of Hold or Pending are not exported to Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet.com.  We stopped exporting these statuses to Petfinder due to security concerns, as described in the following blog post:  http://www.rescuegroups.org/important-change-to-petfinder-and-sync-app-exports/

All Other Statuses

No other statuses are exported to the adoption listing websites.

You can prevent specific pets from exporting to the adoption listing websites and the RescueGroups.org API by selecting Do Not Sync on the animal's record, regardless of the animal's status.

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