Help Shelter Pets and Rescues Via Social Media Networking
As a pet lover, I prefer to adopt a shelter animal or take in a stray rather than pay for a designer dog, and always encourage others to do the same. If you can’t open your home to another pet, you can still help rescues around the country by passing along their information through your favorite social networking sites.
I’ve recently taken in a family of Jack Russell Terriers to foster and I’m using social networking to help place them in good homes.
Facebook can be used for much more than sharing jokes and photos with family and friends. It’s easy to search for and join groups and like pages about your favorite breed, then put your network to good use by sharing their posts. A simple click might help pets that are facing euthanasia, provide intra-state transports to fur-ever homes, and help raise funds for dogs and cats that require extensive veterinary care.
My own dogs, Molly and Jethro, even have their own Facebook page and help me to spread the word too.
Google+ can be utilized in much the same manner as Facebook, by clicking the button on a website to add that post, or by sharing posts already started by others.
Twitter is another networking medium that can have a far-reaching affect when helping animals in need. A lot can be said with just 140 characters, and retweets by your followers can increase that reach even further. If you use appropriate hashtags, your tweet will be in front of other like-minded pet lovers who will also retweet, so your original tweet’s readership has the potential to increase exponentially.
Pinterest is all the rage and the cuter the photo, the better its chances of going viral. Take a second to click on the pin button on your favorite rescue’s website, or if they don’t have one, take five seconds more to pin it yourself. Skip the food porn for a few minutes and do a search on Pinterest for rescue and foster organizations, then help them out by repinning the entries listed on their boards.
Good photos are essential to catch on at StumbleUpon too, so take it a step further and stumble the text and photograph of the adorable dog or cat that just showed up on your Facebook feed. Don’t forget to share it with your contacts on SU!
Make sure to use appropriate keywords when posting on the various social networking sites so that your posts can be found when someone searches for one of those terms.
Within minutes of my initial post on my Facebook wall about fostering the JRT family, not only did my friends share it, but their friends did as well. I found several rescue groups on Facebook, both general rescues in my area and nationwide organizations that are breed specific to the Jack Russell Terrier, and they are sharing the posts within their own networks. A post to a local group resulted in one puppy being placed that very evening. With the help of social media, I have no doubt that all of these dogs will find their fur-ever homes soon.
Dogs are called man’s best friend and for good reason, because you cannot find any other animal in existence who can match its loyalty and courage for standing up to its master. Therefore, it is the master’s duty as well to take care of them by providing them with shelter and nurture with love and affection. One way to do this, apart from facebook, is to get instagram likes at most competitive prices, so as to create awareness in the society.