Animal welfare advocates are everywhere. We’re writing, volunteering, fundraising, fostering, sharing, advising, and sometimes even begging others to acknowledge (and do something about) the horrible things happening to animals. The problem is, it’s often difficult to reach the masses. For example, Oprah did a show on puppy mills and despite the millions who watched, there are still countless people venturing into pet stores every day to buy a new pet, totally oblivious to the atrocities of mills.
So what can we do? We can hold an online networking event! You can participate in one of two ways:
1) Directly e-mail me the link(s) to your animal welfare blogs/Facebook fan pages/organization websites/etc. and I will post them all in an article on Monday, January 24, 2011. You can also give your name, a small blurb about your organization, and contact info, if you wish to display that. Feel free to recommend other animal welfare links to me, too, so we can get as big a list as possible! FYI: If you’d like to send a picture to represent your cause, I can include it in a slideshow video with the name of your organization prominently displayed with the picture.
2) When my article posts on Jan. 24th, leave your links in the comments section of the article.
Please share this article with Facebook friends, fan pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, animal welfare sites, bloggers, writers, and with anyone else who might be interested in participating. On January 24th, I will post the article with all the links I’ve received. In the meantime, please let me know if you think of any ways to improve this networking experience.
The purpose? To circulate all the links to our networks so people can connect with a variety of organizations (some of which they might not have known about). Everyone who reads the article can click on all participants’ links and join their efforts. We can also spread the word to a much bigger audience about issues such as missing pets, adoptable animals, petitions, animal abuse, victories — the possibilities are endless. As social media blogger Christopher Decker pointed out in his article, “Social media has been a godsend to non-profits far and wide. The good news is, if you are a non-profit struggling, it’s never too late to begin the social media push.”
My motivation behind this was simple. A Facebook friend of mine, also a fan of my animal welfare fan page, posted a status about her upcoming trip to a pet store to purchase a dog (don’t worry, I talked her out of it). I realized that even the people closest to us aren’t always seeing our efforts, but if we can get all the forces to join together, we might really see a difference. It will NOT hurt to try! “Member engagement is the most critical aspect in the non-profit world,” said Decker.
Click here to join my Philadelphia Animal Welfare Examiner Facebook fan page for reminders about this event, as well as frequent animal welfare-related posts! You can also select “attending” on my Facebook event page for a continuous reminder! Look forward to networking with you and send me your links ASAP!