Invisible dogs benefit from National Animal Shelter Check-in Day
Peaches and Blue, two loveable and good-natured pitties, had experienced more than their fair share of heartache, especially at their young ages. Their lives were radically altered for the better, though, as a result of National Animal Shelter Check-in Day. A loving family adopted them as a pair from a Nevada shelter.
Using technology to help invisible animals be seen
Sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society and part of the Invisible Dogs campaign, National Animal Shelter Check-in Day, which took place in November, had one primary goal: help promote "invisible" animals in shelters around the country using technology. The public was encouraged to visit their local shelter and "check in" via foursquare on their smartphone or other mobile device. Foursquare shares people"s location via linked social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. There were a total of 2,234 check-ins at animal shelters during Check-in Day weekend.
Pit bull terrier pair finds their forever home
At only one year old, Peaches is still a pup, yet she has already been on death"s door. Not long ago, she found herself in a precarious situation in a high-kill California shelter, with the time on the clock ticking down. Thankfully, she was given a second chance when Shelter Pet Rescue Network in Henderson, Nevada, pulled her from the shelter.
Picture to right: Blue
Not much older than Peaches, Blue, a two-year-old pooch, was found as a stray in Nevada. Charlene Baroni, president of the Shelter Pet Rescue Network, says the Good Samaritan who found Blue, Ray Alamo, offered to foster him and also helped by having Blue neutered and vaccinated.
The family who adopted Peaches and Blue came to the shelter as a result of the Check-in Day promotion looking for a pit bull terrier to adopt. They had shared their lives with two pitties, a male and a female, for 15 years, but both dogs had recently died as a result of illness and old age.
Charlene says, "They came to the event thinking they would go home with one dog to help them over the grieving process. Both of these dogs being total stunners, they showed interest in both. We did a proper introduction of Peaches and Blue, and it was a love match all around!"
Spreading the word about adoptable animals
After checking in at a shelter using foursquare, people were encouraged to get more involved by promoting an animal-in-waiting via social media, volunteering at the shelter, or adopting an animal. Shawni Larrabee, director of Salt Lake County Animal Services, says, "This event was a unique opportunity to draw attention to our shelter and get the community involved in promoting our available pets. Profiling a pet on email or social networking sites is a great way to volunteer, especially for people that have limited time to contribute."
Other shelter groups and rescues, including Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene, Oregon; Winnebago County Animal Services in Rockford, Illinois; Austin Pets Alive! in Texas; and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society in New Mexico, expressed similar sentiments. Cary Lieberman, executive director of Greenhill Humane Society, says, "We are always looking for opportunities to engage our community in helping to save animals. We have found that social media is a great and fun tool for reaching a wide audience, and National Animal Shelter Check-in Day was a fun, easy way for our shelter and our community to participate together in promoting pets for adoption."
Picture to left: Peaches
Charlene of Shelter Pet Rescue Network sums up her thoughts about the day by saying, "I love the idea of spotlighting "invisible dogs." We deal primarily with bully breeds and they really can be "invisible" to people to who don"t realize what wonderful pets they can be."
Read another heartwarming story
Peaches and Blue weren't the only two dogs who benefitted from the campaign. Read Georgie Girl's touching story about another pooch, rescued as a result of National Animal Shelter Check-in Day in the story Hey there, Georgie Girl.
Invisible Dogs campaign
Learn more about Best Friends" Invisible Dogs campaign and ways you can get involved by visiting InvisibleDogs.org.
Photos courtesy of Shelter Pet Rescue Network