Sometimes I wonder if what I’m doing makes a difference at all. I share so many photos of shelter dogs in need each and every day on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and I write blog posts about the importance of social networking. I stay up way too late most nights, trying to make sure the dogs I’m networking are getting as much attention as possible to increase their chances of being rescued in time.
It’s a proven fact that social networking does save shelter dogs, but sometimes I start thinking, Yeah, but how much good is my little page doing? How many lives are being saved as a direct result of what I’m doing?
It’s easy to become discouraged if you don’t see the actual “fruits of your labor”, so to speak.
And then, in less than a week’s time, two dogs in two different states were rescued because someone saw their photos on my Facebook page. Two lives saved, because I took thirty seconds to share a photograph. When you get right down to it, you have to admit, that’s pretty powerful!
Laurie saw Josh’s photo on The Lazy Pit Bull Facebook page the night that he made “the list”. Without an adopter or foster, Josh would die in a New York City shelter the following day. Laurie wasn’t looking to adopt – she was already momma to Billy, a 1-year old Pit Bull that she’d rescued last year. But even after walking away from the computer, Laurie couldn’t stop thinking about Josh. Finally she gave in and completed the online adoption application that night.
The next morning, Laurie was having second thoughts about adopting another dog. A phone call from the shelter informed her that she was the only applicant for Josh, and if she didn’t take him home, he would be killed that day. He was out of options. So, Laurie said, “I put Joshie in my car, and together we drove over the GWB, away from death row.”
Since coming home, Josh has had some challenges to overcome. He doesn’t like to be crated when Laurie is at work, and he has severe separation anxiety. But he and Billy are best friends, and Laurie says they are a joy to watch together. Her friend describes the two dogs as “like peanut butter and jelly”.
Laurie says Josh is a love-bug who loves to snuggle and be hugged. She also says, “When I come home, he wags his tail so fast that his whole body wiggles. In the morning, he snuggles up next to me, rolls over on his back and lets me give him a great big hug and kiss.” She calls herself incredibly blessed to have Josh in her life.
Looking at these photos of Josh in his brand new life with a loving momma and a friend-for-life brother, it takes my breath away to imagine the different direction this story could’ve gone. What if Laurie hadn’t stepped up for Josh? What if she hadn’t seen his photograph on my Facebook page?
The point of this post is simple: you never know when your post is going to save a shelter dog’s life. You never know when your post is going to be the one that helps bring a lost dog home. You never know when your post is going to provide someone with information they need to make a difference in the life of a pet in need.
The fact of the matter is, we all have an incredible amount of power to change lives right here where we sit today. So what if you don’t have the time or ability to volunteer in a shelter or rescue. So what if you’re unable to foster a homeless pet. You can still make a difference, and it literally takes only minutes a day.
Are you using social network to save shelter pets? I invite you to get started today by joining The Lazy Pit Bull Army, where we’re working little miracles every single day.