Hi! I'm Cib, and I'm here to help you adopt the pet of your dreams. Trading pets isn't my favorite thing ever. I love to apply for them. Why? If you are chosen, you feel that you've earned the pet, just as if you would have bought the paint brushes/morphing potions yourself.
Now, my guide is not the foolproof guide to adopting the pet of your dreams, nor is it the exact way you need to create an application. These are my opinions, but I also feel that it can be a good guideline for you to use. Hence the term "guide."
Before we start, you should all know that applying for a pet that is up for adoption is fine. However, being forced to make a petpage application is against the rules. You may only make one out of your own free will.
The first thing you need to do is decide which pet you want to apply for. Going on the Pound Chat or going to Neopound may help you find what you're looking for. Once you've found the pet you want, read the rules the owner has written out. Yes, this is very important. Before applying for any pet, you should always read the rules the owner has stated. Once you've done that, it may be best to notify the owner that you are applying for the pet. If the owner specifies not to, though, don't.
The most important thing to an application is the content. I'm going to give you a step-by-step application that I use when I'm creating my petpage applications. This is where your creative thinking comes into place. And here we go!
IntroductionThe introduction is a very hard place to start, but it definitely needs to be first in your application. Introduce yourself and the pet. If you're going to be abbreviating the pets name or calling the pet something else, specify that here. Also, never call a pet an it! They have genders. Now, adding a special quote or a fun line that starts the application would also be a nice touch to starting it out. However, filling in all the other content before filling in the introduction might be easier because you'll know the pet you want even more.
The PlanThis is the section that I always put second. Owners of special pets want to know what you plan to do with a pet. Here are some ideas.
All of these things can be put into detail or simply stated. If you are buying a petpet for the pet, I would think it best if you named the petpet and gave it somewhat of a personality, too.
The Story/BackgroundGiving your pet a personality is always something that can be added. I always give the pets I'm applying for a personality. This shows the owner that your pet is going to have some sort of Sentimental value rather than just a prize sitting on your account. I usually like to order mine as the story and then the background to the pet. This is where your creativity comes into place.
This section or another section can be added that has the pet's likes and dislikes. This gives your pet even more character.
ArtworkBefore you start freaking out if you can't draw to save your life, don't panic. Artwork isn't always necessary. I am a terrible artist myself. However, it's never a crime to find adoptables or have a friend draw a picture of the pet you'd like to have. Your pet may have a certain image that you'd like. Describe it! If you don't have the picture, an owner won't get mad.
Now, if you are an artist, great! Display your artwork. However, don't think that you can adopt a pet simply because you're an artist. I believe there needs to be a story behind the art, and the story should be a bit more detailed.
Drawing the pet's petpet is always a plus, as well.
The FamilyHaving a section about your other pets shows the owner that you already treat some of your pets like kings and queens. You can add pictures of your pets here with a detailed section about them. I always make sure to add this. I love my other pets; the owner wants to know if you love your other pets, too.
About MeYes, I did put the about me section second to last for a reason. When an owner puts a pet up for adoption, they want to know what you want to do with this pet or why you want it. They want to know about you, but they're more concerned about the pet. List your accomplishments, goals, favorites, anything you'd like about yourself. Keep this farther down on your application. This shows that you're more concerned about the pet as well, rather than making yourself look like a big shot.
The ConclusionThis should be the easiest section, but it's usually not. Ending a pet application is hard because there should be lots of momentum in your application. Always say thank you for the owner taking the time to read this, and maybe add one more reason why you'd like to adopt the pet you want.
I know many, many people have trouble creating their layout for an application. Some people have CSS/graphics skills, others don't. If you're one of those that don't, don't panic! Owners don't mind when premade CSS is used. Also, asking for a custom is never a bad idea either, just be sure to keep on credit.
One of my biggest pet peeves is centering text. Please, don't do this! It may look more artistic, but it doesn't appeal to the eye. Humans are made to read from left to right, so keep your text going that way.
Here are a few guides that may help you to create your petpage application.
Here I'm going to give you a list of what not to do, and I'll also tell you what you can add to enhance the application even more.
What not to do
Example: drawings, css, story, etc.
ReferencesHaving references from friends is always something that an owner likes to see in an application. However, don't go overboard and have more references than content. Maybe screenie them from a neomail and make them smaller, giving the owner an opportunity to read them rather than forcing them, too.
Fan ArtFan Art is art from others that was drawn for your application. This is just as good as a reference, but never claim that work as your own.
Now that you've read so much information your brain wants to explode, it's time for you to write your application! Again, petpage applications are made out of free will, and this guide is mostly made up of my opinion. I hope this helps.
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