Friday, October 19, 2012

Forever Home Wanted

"Hello, Katie?  It's me, Brian."

Hi everyone, Katie here.

When the pink Glogirly Design phone rang last week, we were SO excited to hear from our friends Brian and Terry of Brian's Home...one of the absolute best blogs out there.  Brian and his human, Terry, are true advocates for homeless animals.  They make a difference every single day and have hearts of solid gold.

We never realized they have a second website called Forever Home Wanted. As it turns out, Forever Home Wanted was in need of a new Forever Logo! 

Forever Home Wanted helps all kinds of animals. Cats, dogs, bunnies, ferrets...even horses. This meant Glogirly and I had to start drawing some pets WITHOUT little pointy ears. We doodled around on the computer, played with some ideas. We just love what we came up with and are pleased to report Brian and Terry are thrilled too!

Part of what makes this logo so unique and (we think) professional looking is the use of illustration and a transparent background.  We love how it floats and lets the background of the blog come through. 

But enough about logos and backgrounds....let's get to the important stuff!  We figured that since we're new to Forever Home Wanted, you might be too.  

Although Brian and Terry have never really publicized Forever Home Wanted, they've had over 4,500 posts so far! I can barely count to 100. 

Forever Home Wanted: Starting Out
Brian and Terry started it with two things in mind. First, they wanted to call attention to critters that are searching for their forever homes, no matter where they are located. Second, they wanted to feature news articles that might be of interest to those supporting rescue and adoption efforts. Terry explains, "There is so much great work going on out there, and my hope is that others can learn what is going on and pick up a good idea or two to help with their rescue efforts. While we don't get many comments, we do get lots of emails asking about the pets we feature, and we gladly pass the contact information on to the rescues. It's not unusual to get an email that starts with 'I wanted to let you know that I adopted the cat you listed...' and those always, always make me smile."  

Originally Forever Home Wanted was tied directly to Brian and Brian's Home. Brian still sends everything out via Twitter. In the last several months they have started giving Forever Home Wanted it's own autonomy. Terry points out, "It's not always about rescue, sometimes it is just helping out."


Harlan's Story
I asked Terry if there was one story that stood out among all the animals and people he's touched and helped.  The story of Harlan is one of his favorites.

Brian and Terry received a plea to help Harlan, a poor dog that had gotten out and, unfortunately, was hit by a car. His family loved their doggy so much but could not afford the cost of the mounting medical bills. "With our voice and the generosity of many readers, we were able to make that happen." A few months ago, the person who contacted Brian for help with Harlan posted this on his LinkedIn site:

"Brian came to the rescue when I was trying to help a wonderful dog named Harlan who escaped from a fenced in yard and was hit by a car. He had to have an amputation of a left from the shoulder. The owners wold one of their cars and some personal items to pay for the surgery and follow-up visits, (and the vet was so great about accepting payment in installments without denying Harlan's treatment), but the costs were going to threaten their hose payments (and Harland's home for recovering!) Brian went above and beyond by setting up a donation account and spreading the word. Harlan has his health, bet treatments and home thanks to the wonderful work Brian did and the extreme kindness of strangers who donated for Harlan's care. Brian never asked me for a cent! What a wonderful person. It is a proven fact that those who care for animals are the ones most generous to humans as well, and those who are cruel to animals have a strong tendency to harm humans and be anti-social. Brian is a great example of a loving, caring, professional person who goes above and beyond for animals and for those who love them are are desperate to save their companions' lives. Thank you Brian. You make the world a better place and you give me hope in humanity." 
-March 15, 2012.

Yup. A heart of gold. 

What's Next?
In the near future Brian and Terry hope to establish ForeverHomeWanted.com as the EventCentral of the pet adoption world, offering an easy way for rescue organizations to post and publicize their upcoming events. They are also exploring options for a direct click on the pets they feature that will trigger an instant email to the rescue group when someone is interested in a specific pet. "For homeless pets," Brian and Terry emphasize, "a forever home is the best thing ever, and we hope on being around to help that happen."  

We want to thank Brian and Terry for giving us the opportunity to help brand their amazing organization. And we thank them for the remarkable work they do, making a difference in the lives of animals whose greatest need is a home to call their own.


In the words of Brian and Terry:  Rescue, Adopt, Love, Repeat!




31 comments:

  1. Thank you Brian, and thank you Katie and glogirly :)

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  2. You love your new logo for Forever Home Wanted - and I am SO glad to hear that Brian and his human are going to be giving it some more love! I was beginning to think it was the internet's best kept secret - that shouldn't be a secret at all!

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  3. Thats a great job Katie you have done there well done!

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  4. That is a PERFECT logo. Beautifully designed. I'll make sure to check out their website.

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  5. I love the look and have to say that Brian and Terry are quite the dream team! Great work xx

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  6. Katie thank you for sharing this important news ! Brian is a such amazing person. I keep my paws crossed for him and Forever Home Wanted. Good luck !

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  7. Wonderful work on the design! We love the work that Brian and Terry put in to help the animals.

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  8. Thanks so much for the nice meow-out!!! I am beyond thrilled with our new look and thanks so much for helping us put our best paw forward!!!

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  9. Hats off to Brian and Terry for their work and blog, and to Glogirly Designs for the wonderful design work on the blog. Amazing!

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  10. What a wonderful new logo! We sure hope Harlan finds his forever home soon!

    The Paw Relations

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  11. Pawsome we will drop by to check out their new look. We have Forever Home Wanted in our blog roll and are long time fans.

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  12. Brian and Terry are the most dedicated and loving of all the animals, family that I know or have known of. It's an honor to read their blog. And now I have this one. Thank you for the beautiful design for their header.

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  13. Thanks to Brian and Terry for all the great work they have done to help furries.

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  14. Thank you so much for this great post, Katie! Brian and his human Terry are so darn humble that I had no idea about ForeverHomeWanted and I am so glad to learn of this.

    The logo is fantastic and I commend Terry for all that he does to help the animals of the world. What a great guy he is - I can't wait to meet him at BarkWorld to thank him for his efforts in person.

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  15. Sure sounds like he deserves lots of kudos.
    Great logo.
    Benny and Lily

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  16. Great interview Katie. We love Brian and Terry and the the girls. They do FANTASTIC work, and it's an honor to know them and call them friends.

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  17. What a wonderful new header. I LOVE the transparent background! I've been to Forever Homes Wanted several times because of tweets I've seen from Brian. Brian and his Dad are angels among us, as are Marg and Mario, to name just 2.

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  18. What a wonderful new header. I LOVE the transparent background! I've been to Forever Homes Wanted several times because of tweets I've seen from Brian. Brian and his Dad are angels among us, as are Marg and Mario, to name just 2.

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  19. The logo is great, but this post made our mom leaky eyed. Wonderful and heart warming!

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  20. Brian and Terry do a great job helping pets find Forever Homes. That logo is pawsome!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  21. Thank you Brian, Terry, Katie and GLOGIRLY! We LOVE the new design and Forever Home Wanted! We'd applaud but our furs muffle the sound, so loud purrs to you instead!

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  22. Purrring hard that these sweet babies will find forever homes soon purrrs

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  23. That is a really nice logo and job well done!! Terry is featured on my blog today as well!

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  24. That's a cool logo! And we hope Brian and Terry's site helps get lots of animals furever homes!!

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  25. Brian and Terry are my heroes. Katie and Glogirly have given them a wonderful new look and needed exposure.
    Thank you all for your big hearts~

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  26. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Looks amazing! I cannot believe I never knew that Terry had that website as well!
    You truly did a superb job for an incredibly superb guy!

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  27. Wowzers! Katie, Glowgirly is fabulishious! Her art and Brian and Terri is going to makes Forever Home wanted a unstoppable force!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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