We all have the same morning routine. We wake up, and before we even get out of bed, we mindlessly scroll through endless content posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We curate our platforms by adding/deleting friends and liking/following pages so we are only bothered by what we are interested in. My Facebook feed, which I check every morning, is partially composed of charming photos of the adoptable animals in my local shelter’s holding. Hoping they will reach someone interested in adopting, my local shelter adds a caption of each animal, essentially advertising their wonderful qualities. Every day, I notice overwhelmingly positive support on posts like these, not only from locals of those shelters but social media users around the world as well.
After doing a little digging, I’ve found so many wonderful rescues/shelters who have put an extensive amount of work into representing their great animals properly on social media. Here are some of my favorites, that I will now be following on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Starting off with a dedicated no-kill sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Society is sure to update its followers daily of adorable dogs they’ve saved, often detailing the hard work of their acclaimed staff. This photo of the previously injured but now rockstar Bono is one of my favorites.
Located in New York City, this organization posts the incredible transformations many rescue dogs go through after they are first discovered in poor condition. They are also incredibly detailed about the personality’s of their dogs, just check out this post on Polly, a beautiful retriever mix.
Sweet Paws Rescue has posted over 600 professional portraits of adorable doggies up for adoption. Just look at this one of sweet Mabel, who has been looking for a fur-ever home for 6 months.
This rescue is known for saving cats and dogs alike from under-resourced shelters. We can’t forget our kitty friends, just look at this beautiful spooky 6-month-old Mini Wheat. If you’re a fan of Halloween, this rescue has been posting their animals in a lot of cute Halloween get-ups.
Susie’s Senior Dogs has over 310k followers on Instagram. They specialize in providing homes for/promoting the adoption of senior dogs, who are often overlooked in the adoption process. This is Utley, an adorable senior bulldog, who is actually a puppy at heart.
Every morning, I notice how successful social media is at providing an advertising platform for shelters and rescues. It becomes even more evident in each “Hi I’m interested in adopting!” comment I see in each up-for-adoption post. Many rescues now rely on popular platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to share stories of the animals up for adoption. You, in particular, may not be looking for a new furry companion, but just by clicking ‘share’ on a cute snap of a pup, you can help them find a potential home.