How To Help Your Local Dog Rescue Organization By Using Social Media

Local dog rescue organizations do such great work and prevent the needless suffering and death of many dogs each and every year. Many of these organizations operate on shoestring budgets and depend on volunteers to help them in a variety of ways. 

Of course, one of the best ways to help is to actually adopt a dog, but let’s face it, most of us have limitations on the number of dogs we can have, regardless of how much we might long to get another.

But there are a variety of ways you can provide real help to your local rescue center without adopting. One way is the use of social media:

If you are able, rescue organizations are always in need of funds to purchase food, supplies, to cover vet bills and a million other things. Many times, organizations will have an urgent need if they suddenly are faced with a big veterinary bill to cover the costs of rescuing a dog who is in urgent need. 

Many times, these local organizations will have a Facebook or other social media presence and will put out alerts when a need for funds comes in, so keep an eye out for these. Even if you are not in a position to donate, you can share the post on your social media page to make others in your area aware of the situation.

For example, Royal Animal Refuge south of Atlanta, Georgia does marvelous work, and will often take in dogs that have a very small chance of surviving without immediate veterinary attention, which of course costs money. They use their Facebook page to send out the call for urgent donations, describing the situation, and then they do a good job of following up with updates.

Many people will donate. Others are just not in the position to do so, but will like and share their posts to get it in front of as many people as possible. 

So look for your local dog rescue organization’s social media page and then follow it to stay up to date. You never know when just by sharing something, you can save a life!

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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