This month the Humane Society of Cambria County launched a new website designed to better showcase the animals available for adoption. The site was designed and donated by Prime Design Solutions, an advertising agency based in the Moxham neighborhood.
“The old site wasn’t functioning well – it was hard to make changes, and didn’t work very well on mobile,” explained Jessica Vamos, executive director of the Humane Society of Cambria County. “This site is so much easier to use and maintain. For example, I can schedule posts, and that’s really important to me.”
Prime Design Solutions became aware of the Humane Society’s need through Angela Law, the firm’s operations manager, who also volunteers for the organization.
“The Humane Society needs a lot of volunteers to help them socialize the animals, and I love volunteering there as a dog walker,” Law explained. “In talking to Jessica, I found out about the need for a new website.”
The new site is built in WordPress, an open-source software that allows users to easily update and maintain it. The site is built from a template, and Prime Design Solutions added some custom features to the site to meet the Humane Society’s needs.
“The Humane Society lists adoptable animals on an online listing system called PetFinder, which is used by more than 14,000 shelters across the nation,” Law explained. “We were able to write some custom code so that the PetFinder listings look better on desktop and on mobile.”
Another special feature of the site is that shelter events posted on Facebook will be automatically listed on the website. This saves time for the Humane Society staff, keeping them from having to enter the same information twice.
“The Humane Society depends on donors and volunteers for everything we do,” Vamos said. “We are grateful to Prime Design Solutions for this major in-kind donation.”