Re: Would appreciate feedback
- From: Kathi S. <kstein@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2005 01:01:53 -0700
On Fri, 5 Aug 2005 09:55:46 +0100, Stan Gilbert
>This is NOT intended as spam and I am truly looking for suggestions.
>Kiki, my cat of 19 years died some time ago and I swore I wouldn't get
>another... just too painful to lose them. That lasted two weeks and I got
>Scooter and then a companion for her... Bandit.
>I'm in my late 50's and retired. I worried something could happen to me
>where I would be incapacitated and unable to communicate with someone (I'm at
>an age people have strokes) and my cats would die from lack of food or water.
> I went onto the net to try and find a service that would help but there
>wasn't any... so, I created one.
>Caroline and I got very involved with this project and we decided to put all
>the profit into animal welfare. Our site just went online (finally) this
>last week... so, naturally I am trying to draw traffic to the site. We have
>applied for 201(3)c (non profit) status.
>It's taken a lot of hard work to put this together and what I need from pet
>owners is feedback on the idea. We also had the idea of a service where
>people would check in every few days and if they failed to check in we'd
>initiate a rescue (see the site to understand this). This is the service I
>originally went looking for but couldn't find.
>We started out with this idea but withdrew it because my thoughts are that
>people would not take the time to check in regularly... it would sound good
>to them, they'd sign up... and then not use the service and my attitude is I
>don't want anyone paying for something they don't use.
>Some people thought it was a great idea for folks over 60 but I'm thinking
>most folks over 60 don't have access to a computer... I'm mostly talking
>about people who live alone and don't have much contact... or even older
>Actually, anyone could get in an accident and leave pets unattended. I
>seriously worried about my cats because, quite frankly, if something happened
>to me and Caroline I'm not sure anyone would know it for a week or two and
>that could be too late for Scooter and Bandit.
>We came up with an idea we think is affordable and useful and can contribute
>to funding the front line workers who try to save animals.
>Caroline and I would deeply appreciate any constructive ideas or comments you
>might have about the service. Please visit us and take a look...
>... and to visit the website (entirely non commercial) I created in memory of
>Kiki the cat, for whom I have really dedicated this service... visit...
>Thanks from both of us...
>Caroline and Stan
>Please feel free to drop us a line or post here...
This is a great idea!! And I loved your website.
I don't know about people over 60 not using computers. I'm 63 and most
of my friends are at least my age or older and use computers quite a
bit. But that's just my experience. At the very least their kids could
be persuaded to gift them a membership :-)
Best of luck to you both!
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