There is no denying I’m a shelter stalker. The “crazy dog lady”. I check the state, local, and surrounding states shelter pages pretty much every day. On any regular basis, I can tell you which shelter has what kind of dogs, how long some of the dogs have been there, the dogs names & info, etc. I share the shelters’ photos and have a “weekly fluff” on Mulligan’s Facebook account that shares pictures of dogs from different shelters in Arkansas that are currently up for adoption. I do this so I can share this info with the people around me and should the opportunity present itself – tell someone who is interested in getting a dog where they can find one! I even have several friends who have jumped on board and stalk the shelters & it makes me happy to see others that do the same – I’m not alone.
Social media is one of the most powerful tools we have today. There is a reason I, like so many others, use social media to make a point. In a split second, thousands of people can see something! The power of the internet is AMAZING! I have always been an animal advocate and every dog that I have ever had has been a stray or shelter dog! Through social media, I have been blessed enough to be able to share what I call my “Mulligan Movement”. It has been a way to share Mulligan’s story, pictures, and info in the hopes of encouraging others to adopt a shelter dog and generate shelter awareness- which today I found out has encouraged another adoption in Little Rock!! YAY!!!!
When I adopted Mulligan, I wanted to be able to help all the shelter pets I couldn’t save that day. The ones who got left behind… the future ones to come. With school and two jobs, volunteering would be hard,nearly impossible. I make donations with treats and other needs, but I wanted to do more, much more. And thus, the @Life_of_Mulligan Instagram account was born. I had no idea it would take off like it did, now reaching over SIX THOUSAND followers! I am so thankful for each and every one! This furthers my belief in the power of social media.
So why become a shelter stalker? Stalking the shelter is the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to help the shelter and possibly one of the most powerful. Every time you “Like” a shelter page, picture of a current animal for adoption, comment, or share a picture it generates traffic to the shelter page. Every single “Like”, a simple click that takes a millisecond, is making a difference. Making the possibility / chances of that animal getting adopted higher by generating more popularity to that post. Maybe, just maybe, your “Like” will be the one that lands that dog on the right person’s newsfeed and gets it a loving home! If you’re looking for a way to help the shelter, start stalkin’ the shelters on social media! It’s one small, easy way to make a big difference!
So if your reading this, I challenge you to give it a try! Find your local shelters and start following their page! Get to liking any and everything! It won’t take any more of your time seeing as most of you already spend plenty of time viewing social media everyday! By “liking” the shelter’s page their pictures will automatically show up on your news feed and as your scrolling through doing your daily creep sesh, “Like” a photo and make a small difference in a big world of shelter animals needing all the help, big or small, that they can get!
Here are a few links to some of the shelters in Arkansas:
-Lindsay & Mulligan