Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | February 5, 2018

Is the Time Right for a Rescue Networking Social Media Site?

If you’re on Facebook and do a rescue crossposting, you probably know the drill: you share an urgent death row pet to a few groups and possibly join another group in the meantime. The next thing you know – BAM! You find yourself restricted from joining or posting to FB for 24 hours or more.

What can you do? The appeal option doesn’t give you an option to talk to an actual person who could sort things out. You’re basically at the mercy of an algorithim that needs to learn to distinguish between commercial posts and posts affiliated with a shelter.

Some rescuers have argued in favor of ceasing crossposting in favor of directly emailing rescues. However, this isn’t without problems – some rescue websites don’t have valid email addresses listed, some simply don’t respond to emails and others might have trouble coordinating things if you’re emailing about an animal you’re not close enough to to foster yourself.

I think the key might be smarter crossposting, combined with better networking tools than most social networks offer. Here are some tips:

  • Instead of resharing every rescue post you come across, try to focus on animals from your local pound or special groups, such as specific breeds/special needs/seniors/nursing litters or pregnant moms/owner surrenders/animals with few shares
  • When you contact or tag a rescue about an animal, see if there are a few others they may also be interested in – sometimes it’s easier to make an effort to pull more than one, especially if a transort needs to be set up
  • Utilize your Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts if you have them

I think a social networking site meant for crossposting is long overdue, but know such things take time to publicize and build. In the meantime, please visit Stop Pet Euthanasia on Facebook to share your thoughts on this idea.

 

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