May 30, 2011
|This picture was taken by the person that found this dog, |
and posted to Facebook. The people that lost the dog
posted an ad without his picture but with his breed.
Debra's goal is to keep dogs out of shelters, however she can do it. She chooses to focus on helping people find their lost dogs, knowing that this would mean that some of those dogs would never end up in shelters.
To that end, she established a Facebook page devoted to promoting lost and found dogs in the Washington DC metro area. She has devoted much time to getting the page known to local people, posting notices, following up, and dispensing tips and advice. To get it started, and still, this involves finding existing ads and re-posting the info to the Facebook page -- such as from Fido Finder, Pets911, Craigslist, Oliver Alert and more.Once the page became known, individual people who have lost their dogs post to the page, so many of the postings originate that way.
On Saturday, May 28th, someone found a black & white dog wandering near her McLean VA home. She turned to Facebook, and found the page that Debra administers. She smartly took and uploaded a photo of the dog she found on the notice she posted to the page.
Meanwhile, the family that lost the dog must have received the by now is age-old: post to Craigslist. They either didn't have a photo handy, didn't know how to upload it, or otherwise posted their ad with no photo. But fortunately, their dog is a border collie, so it helped to name that identifiable breed in the Craigslist ad.
Not long afterwards, Kate, who volunteers for a rescue in the area, was for some reason looking on both the Facebook page and on Craigslist, and realized that the found dog in picture could be a border collie. Since both the family's lost dog and the woman poster's found dog were in McLean, it was easy to figure that it was the same dog. She commented to that effect on the Facebook page.
Debra posted a link back to the Facebook page on Craigslist. The border collie's people found that ad, and found their dog -- the same day he was lost! - through the combination of the Craigslist and Facebook ads.
Long live Craigslist and Facebook!