Since we started our facebook page just a little less than a year ago, we grew from nothing to having over 2,500 “likes.” We currently have people from all over the world following our page, including the UK, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Peru, Canada, etc.
And though we never expect someone to travel from Germany to come adopt an animal from us, we are so appreciative of all of our followers from out of state and out of the country. Even if you live on the other side of the word, if you “share” a photo, it goes from one place to another and to another and to another, and a lot of times ends up right back here in the United States, within a state or two away. And it is because of all those who share our photos and stories (both close to home and far away) that a bunch of our dogs end up getting adopted.
Back in December we hosted an event where people were to bring in toys and snacks for each of the animal’s Christmas stockings. The event was a huge hit, but what was even better than all the things donated, was that a family from Pennsylvania drove down to our shelter to meet one of our shelter superstars, King Kong.
King Kong was at the shelter just under a year. We felt terrible every time someone passed him by, thinking he would soon be one of our “lifers.” He was an intimidating looking 100 pounds of Pit Bull. The dog was and still is a total mush and loves nothing more than to cuddle with his people. But to potential adopters, he looked like a threat. Kong came in to us with his ears cropped and was very big and muscular.
People walked by him and instantly backed away from his cage, thinking he was your typical stereotype – an aggressive Pit Bull ready to hurt the first person in sight. What they didn’t stay there long enough to see was that once he even realized you were there, he would walk up to the cage door, mush his body against it and look up at you as if to say “Ok, I’m here, I love you, pet me!” Kong was totally overlooked and his love was totally underestimated.
One day, I posted some photos of the big goof to our facebook page, and then someone else shared his photo and story, and then one of their friends shared it, and then one of their friends, and another friend and so on and so forth. Because of that, this perfect family – with a ton of land and space for our big guy to run around in – saw his photo, fell in love, and took a chance.
The couple drove down that day with their son and female dog for a meet and greet with him and after a while of them playing together and getting to know one another, the application was approved, and Kong found himself a family.
King Kong now lives in an awesome home with a ton of space for him to go on walks, play with his new family, and live his life the way he should have been living all along.
It started with one share
and it ended with the perfect dog finding the perfect home.
If you can’t adopt, please share our animals in hopes that someone somewhere will see them and fall in love the same way Kong’s family did. All it takes is one click and you could be saving the life of a shelter animal.