How to use Google Drive to link to a Word Doc

Shelters and rescues may have an adoption application or other document that they want to easily provide to the public, like adopters or their volunteers. Below is a how-to guide to upload a Word Doc or PDF to Google Drive, and then get the link to it. Public users can access the doc if you provide them with the link. 

To use Google Drive you need a free Google or Gmail account. If you don't have one yet, sign up here:

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Click the blue "New" button
  3. Select "New File Upload"


4. In the the confirmation box that appears on the lower right of your screen, click on your file name (we added the red arrow pointing to our example file name)
5. Click on the three stacked dots in the upper right of your screen, and select "Share"

6. A) Click "Get Sharable Link"
    B) Verify it says "Anyone with the link can view". That will let them download but not edit your file. IF it doesn't, click the tiny triangle icon then select that option.
    C) Click "Copy link"



Now you can "paste" that link anywhere you need it! Like into an email, or use it to Add a clickable link to a pet's listing on, or add to the Online adoption application link field on your My Shelter/Rescue Info so an Apply To Adopt link will appear automatically on each of your adoptable pets.



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