Social media helps save animals still in shelters - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Social media helps save animals still in shelters

Millions of dogs and cats are put to sleep in animal shelters across the United States each year.

But imagine if you could save some of them with just a couple clicks of your mouse? Thanks to social media, it's not as farfetched as you may think.

It's hard to believe a tail-wagging, yellow Lab named "Splash" was once on death row in an animal shelter.

With the clock ticking, the rescue group "Lucky Lab" posted his picture on its Facebook site in hopes of finding him a home ASAP. One thousand miles away, Peter Christmas and Janet Belsky fell in love with the lab.

"He was an older dog that's hard to adopt and we kinda figured that he was not going to have a very good shot at getting adopted," Christmas said.

Janet soon typed this response on the Facebook post: "With a name like Splash he belongs here on the lake. We would love to take him."

He's not the only one. Lucky Lab Rescue's founder Katherine Martin says social media helped save these dogs and hundreds of others.

"Dogs who have just a matter of minutes to survive are able to get pulled from these shelters," Martin said.

These life-saving campaigns aren't only going to the dogs. We found the number of shelters and pet rescue groups using social media to spread the word is exploding, saving cats, horses, even cows, piglets, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.

The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals say they urge shelters to advertise pets on social media before putting them to sleep.

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