How Social Media Can Help Reunite Pets With Their Owners
More and more pets are being reunited with their owners thanks to social media. There’s no quicker way to get the message out there. Campaigns for lost pets can go viral in just a few hours. Often social media can be used in a negative way, but when a pet is lost people can show so much positivity. We are lucky that we have such a fast way of reaching local people so that they can keep an eye out for lost pets.
Facebook is a good place to start if you have lots your pet. You can post on your wall and ask friends and family to share it, you can create your own group profile for your lost pet or post a message on relevant groups.
There are also online forums and specialist website for lost pets. For example, which is the UK’s largest lost and found dog service. There are so many amazing stories of how social media has helped to find lost pets. For example, recently Jasper, a dog that went missing on a mountain on the Lake District was found with the help of social media. Facebook posts and tweets about the campaign to find the missing Border Collie went viral. The dog’s owner, Adam Nolan praise social media for helping him find his beloved dog ‘You guys have made such a difference, will report updates as and when possible following this post. Jasper having a check up to be sure.’
Here are some helpful tips if you want to use social media to find your lost pet:
- Create a memorable hashtag
- Get as many of your friends and family to share your posts on all their social media profiles
- If you are a member of any groups contact them and ask them for help.
- Create a Facebook page dedicated to finding your lost pet.
- Use up to date pictures of your pet, the more (and the cuter) the better.
- Explain to people what how they can help e.g telling you about sighting, spreading the word etc
- Explain how much your pet means to you, heartfelt stories will appeal to more people.