Social Media Saves Shelter Dogs But We Need You

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Although I’ve been an animal lover all my life, I didn’t become actively involved in rescue until January of 2012. 
 
Used to be, I wouldn’t have imagined I was even capable of working in rescue. You see, I was one of those people who, when that Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercial would come on the television, would change the channel. I couldn’t watch it. I couldn’t bear to even think about what those poor animals must have endured.
 
But then I realized something. The only hope we have of stopping that kind of behavior is to recognize it and be willing to stand up against it.
 
I realized I couldn’t expect someone else to do it. I had to become that someone.
 
I run a Facebook page with 3,900 followers – and counting. The mission of that page is to use social networking to save shelter dogs from “death row”.
 
It’s a hard job, no doubt.
 
There are many, many days when I sit at my computer in tears.
 
There are many days when I feel absolutely useless because no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot save them all.
 
It’s easy to get discouraged.
 
It’s easy to get angry. Oh, and I do get angry.
 
But being discouraged and angry has never saved a single dog. Not one.
 
 
So I keep plugging away. And I keep doing all I can to recruit new “Soldiers” for The Lazy Pit Bull Army. There’s strength in numbers, and the larger our army, the more dogs we can save.
 
Almost daily, I get a message from someone who explains that while they appreciate the work I am doing, they can’t continue to follow the Facebook page because it’s too heartbreaking to see all the dogs whose lives hang in the balance, and it’s too hard when the news comes about one we weren’t able to save.
 
I get it. I truly do. 
 
Rescue is painful. It’s hard. It’s sad. If you’re anything like me, your husband might walk in to your office and find you blubbering at your desk over a dog you never met, and he might say, “Stop doing this to yourself.
 
And perhaps you can turn off the computer and go downstairs to the dinner table and just put it out of your mind, because after all, it’s not like your world is really going to be any different if these dogs aren’t saved. Your life is still going to go on, after all. 
 
But I can’t do that because I realize we are all these dogs have. If they’re going to be saved from the cold and lonely shelters of this country, it’s because we are advocating for them. 
 
I can’t turn a blind eye to it.
 
I hope you can’t, either.
 
 
No one’s asking you to donate hundreds of dollars or to volunteer dozens of hours. Making a difference doesn’t have to be complicated.
 
It’s actually very simple. “Start where you are, use what you have. Do what you can. It will be enough.”
 
You’re on Facebook. You’re probably also using Twitter and Pinterest; maybe you’re a blogger. Start where you are.
 
Every time you share a shelter dog through social media, you are increasing the odds of that dog being saved. Use what you have.
 
Word travels very quickly through social media, and the world becomes a very small place. Do what you can.
 
It is easy to spread the word by simply taking 30 seconds and sharing a dog’s photo. For the life of me, I can’t understand why more people don’t do this.
 
It will be enough.
 
Maybe they don’t realize that it works. 
 
But here’s Woody, living proof that your shares work. He was saved just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized in a New York City shelter, and look at him now!
 
 
 
 
(thanks to Woody’s mom, Dawn, for the amazing photos!}
 
And here’s Eva, also saved in the eleventh hour by a family that made a 29 hour road trip to make her a part of their family. Could she possibly be happier? Could her girls?
 
 
 
 
 
{thank you to Eva’s mom for the use of these great photos!}
 
Both of these dogs were saved because people just like you cared enough to take a moment and share them on Facebook.
 
It does work.
 
I feel so blessed to have an Army that is almost 4,000 strong, fighting right beside me in the trenches every single day. I couldn’t do it without them. They inspire me to keep going, even on the hard days.
 
They remind me of the truth behind my motto, “Keep on dreamin’ even if it breaks your heart.” 
 
It’s not easy. Some days, my heart just feels shredded by the loss.
 
But on the good days? Like the days pictured above, of these rescued dogs living out their happy forevers?
 
It’s so, so, so worth it. 
 

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Christina Berry

Wife, mom, Virtual Assistant and Social Media Strategist, Pit Bull advocate, lifestyle blogger, movie lover, and Diet Dr. Pepper addict. Lover of cotton candy, boy bands, daisies, all things Paris, Audrey Hepburn, and Key West.

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    I appreciate you so much!!! I will always be your soldier! These dogs are worth the fight!!!!! Keep up the amazing work!!!

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