...and I'm happy to report it's all for the better!
I never really got into facebook and other social media sites other than blogging until the past year. But I have found something astounding to me and I love it. Many of you know I have devoted much of my life to animal rescue - mostly greyhounds but I have no idea how many other animals I have found a home for or treated because their owners had no money and I had access to medicine for them. (When you race greyhounds you don't want anybody you come in contact with to have an unhealthy animal so you treat them so you don't carry anything back to the kennel. And most trainers do this on a routine basis)
Anyway back to Animal Rescue and facebook!
I discovered a group called S.A.F.E. from my hometown in Logan, WV. They started a group to rescue animals from the high kill, nightmare of a dog pound in my hometown. For all my life they have been routinely killing about 99% of the animals that have the misfortune to end up in that pound. When I was in high school I went to the county commission and asked for permission to find homes for the dogs but I was denied for "legal reasons" (this was back in the 70's).
In the first year that S.A.F.E. (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) has been around they had found homes for 1100 dogs and cats - including one that I adopted and they paid for the adoption fee. There are still plenty of animals being killed at that pound but S.A.F.E. has been so successful that the pound started it's own facebook page and has been networking with adoption groups as well.
Adoption groups from high population areas are connecting with adoption groups from rural areas and transportation is being arranged to get the dogs and cats to the people so they can get homes. Also there are fundraisers for healthcare for these animals - sometimes even surgery when necessary. This was unheard of just a couple of years ago.
Also I know several people who have gone to shelters because shelters now post pictures of available animals and they see one that just "calls" to them. Yesterday the Kanawha/Charleston Animal Shelter adopted 51 dogs and cats out. They had a black friday sale and all black animals (even one black hair) were half price. This includes spay/neuter and shots. This is the shelter in Charleston, WV, where I live now. They have a beautiful facility here. Not like the nightmare of a building in my hometown of Logan.
Another thing facebook has done is lost dogs and cats are finding their way home because of social networking. We have a site called Lost Dogs of West Virginia. People post dogs pictures that they lost and dogs pictures that they found. They have such a good success rate of reuniting pets and people that the woman who started it was given a "Hometown Hero" award from a local television station.
It has also given me an outlet. People have always come to me about lost/found dogs or pets they want to get or get rid of. I used to do it so easily I called it "Deal a Dog". I could literally walk down the street and get a phone number of someone who wanted a dog and then run into somebody else who wanted to get rid of the same dog. Once my health started to decline I had to give up finding homes. Although people would still come to me thinking some of my old connections could help - and sometimes they could but mostly I was finished helping and I missed it.
Now I am a cross poster. People know to check my page for lost and found dogs. And my friends also post animals from their areas. It has helped get more than one dog reunited - including my own little cousins dog who was lost and found before he even made it home from vacation.
So once again I am involved in animal rescue in a small but helpful way. There has been a revolution and I am glad to be a small part of it. I watch it get bigger every day as people figure out what they can do. If they can't adopt, they can donate, if they can't donate, they can transport, if they can't transport, they can post. It is truely saving lives every day.