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Use Facebook to Help Animals

By: Andrew Puccetti

Everybody is on Facebook these days, which makes it an excellent tool for young people looking to share their passion for animals with others. Not only does it allow you to reach out to your friends, but friends are then able to share your posts with others—expanding your audience and helping you connect with more people. Here are some ways you can use Facebook to help animals:

  • “Like” animal advocacy organizations’ pages. Keep up to date on the most recent animal welfare news and find tons of shareable content (such as status updates, pictures, and links). It’s easy to do your part and help the missions of your favorite animal advocacy groups—all it takes is a few clicks.
  • Speak up for your cause. Use your personal timeline to write about what you do for animals, post pictures of local adoptable pets, and post inspiring quotes and news stories. Opening up a dialogue for your friends to discuss animal welfare issues is a great way to share your passion and educate others.
  • Donate one status update a week to a homeless animal in a local shelter. Post a picture of the animal, a short description, and information about the shelter he or she is currently living at. Who knows, you may just help an animal find their forever home!
  • Share a link. Have you found an interesting article or website relating to animal welfare? Post it, write a comment about it, and get people talking about it.
  • Share action alerts. Get the word out about timely issues and encourage your friends to act. You can find action alerts by following nonprofits’ pages, periodically viewing their websites, and subscribing to their email lists.
  • Invite your friends to animal advocacy events. You can use Facebook to invite your friends to events that animal protection organizations are holding. You can also use it to organize and invite others to your own events.
  • Share victories. It’s not all about calls to action and sad stories—in the animal protection movement, there are lots of happy endings, too. Post links to articles or simply write your own posts about the good things that come out of people working together for the welfare of animals. Share with your friends the joys of progress, and inspire them to get involved.

When it comes to using Facebook as a platform for sharing your passions—whether it be animal welfare or any other cause—my one suggestion is to not over-post. Nobody likes having their newsfeed taken over by any one person or group; your friends will surely get annoyed and you may actually end up causing more harm than good. Instead, try posting just a few times a week. This is such a wonderful way to inspire and educate—with every post, you are potentially reaching thousands of people. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start posting!

 

Though only fifteen years old, Andrew Puccetti has already shown immense dedication and passion for the well-being of animals. Every other week Andrew will be here talking about the relationship between young people and animal rights–how they can make a difference, how they are already making a difference, and how important it is for kids to continue the fight for our animal companions. Check out Andrew’s blog at www.andrewpuccetti.com!

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