How to Submit a Message to the Handbill:
We are very interested in receiving messages that people would like to have published in our newsletter. The top goal of the newsletter is to provide information that may either save pets who are currently at Town Lake Animal Center or to keep pets out of the Center (from being surrendered to the shelter). Additionally, the newsletter provides details about upcoming events for animal welfare groups, classes or training, and other related news to the no-kill goal and animal welfare. Articles pertaining to other issues will be published at the discretion of the Handbill staff.
Before sending, please check that these guidelines are met. Failure to do so will only delay the posting of your timely information.
- You MUST make the Subject field of the email the Title of your article. Repeat this Title at the beginning of your email.
- You MUST include a first and last name at the end of the article.
- You MUST include an e-mail address and/or phone number— preferably both.
- You MUST not post the contact information (name, phone number, e-mail address) of persons other than yourself UNLESS you have been given direct permission to do so. This also applies to forwarded messages. We will still need the original sender’s permission to publish his or her contact information.Further, the phrase: “Permission to Cross Post” means that you are giving the permission to forward your message. It does not mean that you have given the Handbill permission to publish a message with someone else’s name, e-mail address and phone number. Please respect the crossposting requests on all submissions. Submissions labeled “Do Not Crosspost” cannot be posted to other email lists. Crossposting endangers the animals.
- Strive for complete sentences and reasonable grammar in your article.
- Refrain from using “all caps” (capital letters). This can cause your message to be flagged as “spam” and therefore, interfere with its posting.
- Do not attach a photo. Our plain-text program does not allow attachments. Instead, provide a web link to a page of file of the animal in need. Photos are very effective. There are many free, easy-to-use programs on the Web that provide a free account where photos may be uploaded.
The Handbill tries to get unbiased information to our readers. Previously published Handbills cannot be altered per our publishing provider. While we do not publish articles with known inaccuracies, Austin Pets Alive! does not independently verify articles for accuracy. Austin Pets Alive! reserves the right to edit all articles submitted. The following editing change will always be made:
- “Euthanasia” is by definition, an applicable term only for those who are killed for reason of terminal illness. Animals who are killed because they are homeless, have behavior problems, or are unwanted, are not, by definition, “euthanized”. In that context, this word will always be changed to [killed].