Saved from Death Row by Social Media
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NATIONWIDE - Three to four million dogs and cats are put to sleep in animal shelters across the United States each year.
But imagine if you could save some or even adopt one with just a couple clicks of a mouse? Sound Crazy? We found the number of shelters and rescue groups using social media to spread the word about pets in need is growing--and the number of people responding is astonishing.
The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tells us they urge shelters to advertise pets on social media before putting them to sleep. And that while pets may not be able to talk--they're definitely finding their voices online.
Peter Christmas and Janet Belsky, Adopted a Rescue Dog, Stow, MA:
Peter and Janet have two adopted rescue labs and live outside of Boston. Katherine Martin, Lucky Lab Rescue, Lewisville, IN. Katherine is the president and founder of Lucky Lab. Her organization rescues labs, most of which are at risk of euthanasia, usually due to overcrowded shelters Lucky Lab Rescue and other Lab rescues make a huge impact on euthanasia rates just by rescuing Labs and Lab mixes alone. The most popular colors of Labs are yellow and chocolate. They tend to get rescued and adopted more often than black labs. Some shelters will automatically euthanize black Labs and some rescue organizations will accept the yellow and chocolate over the black Lab. Lucky Labs love yellows and chocolates, but also feels very committed to rescuing black Labs due to their plight.
Patrick O'Malley, Social Media Expert, Medford, MA:
Patrick is a nationally sought after social media expert and first place winner of the National Speaker's Association's "Rising Star" professional speaker's association. He is a regular contributor on social media topics in the Boston area television news market. Patrick was VP of operations for the search engine that was Google's top competitor.
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