During the holiday season, there is nothing more fulfilling than the feeling of giving back—and we believe the magic of social media can do just that. Social media can be a cool tool in our fight against animal cruelty. Think about it. You have friends. Your friends have friends. And they have friends, too. There is a pretty good chance you can reach hundreds—even thousands—of people with just one status update. So why not make it count for animals?
Follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. First, be sure to Like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our boards on Pinterest. Now that we’re connected, you’ll start seeing updates about adopted animals, top pet care tips, and animal cruelty news in your newsfeed. Plus, this simple action will spread the ASPCA’s mission to your friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so on!
Give the Gift of a Status Update, Tweet, or Pin Board. Let the world know that adopting a pet will warm up any home for the holidays! Giving back to help animals this holiday season can be as simple as dedicating your Facebook status to an adoptable animal every week, sending out a Tweet, or Pinning a photo of an adoptable animal onto your board. It’s a great way to help homeless critters find the forever homes they deserve.
Share! Share! Share! Like what you’re reading? Be sure share it on your wall, it’s the best way to get your friends involved, too. Again, this simple action can make a BIG difference!
Join our Holiday Twitter Party on December 12! Are poinsettias poisonous to cats? Are leftover turkey bones safe for dogs? We’ll be asking these questions and many more during our #SantaPaws Holiday Trivia Twitter Party and Giveaway Extravaganza. Join us on Twitter by following the hashtag #SantaPaws on December 12 at 7 P.M. (EST).
There’s a lot to be done, so let’s get started! Can you think of other ways to help animals this holiday using social media? Let us know!
All over America, people are gearing up for the shopping and gifting frenzy that goes hand in hand with the holiday season. You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday, taking place this year on November 27, brings out the best in us by encouraging us to remember those less fortunate—including the at-risk animals we’re working to save all year ‘round.
The best part is, it’s super easy to participate in Giving Tuesday, even if you’re low on cash. Just post your unwanted stuff to the ASPCA’s Web Thrift Store, where others can bid on and purchase your items. You set the price and get a tax write-off for 100% of your item’s value; the ASPCA gets 80% of the sale’s proceeds; and some lucky buyer gets a great bargain. It’s a win-win-win!
“WebThriftStore.com enables the ASPCA and its supporters to get all the benefits of running a national network of thrift stores without the costs and risks of creating one with bricks-and-mortar,” said WebThriftStore.com founder and CEO Douglas Krugman. “It makes sense for everyone—charities, donors and shoppers—and it’s something everyone can feel good about.”
From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you. A few weeks ago, we told you about the hay emergency facing American horse caregivers this year. We told you that persistent drought has put hay in dangerously short supply, and that if we don’t pull together and do something, horses will die.
We asked you to help us feed horses by contributing to our Hay Bale-Out initiative, and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of those who answered our call.
Here’s what happened next.
We told equine rescue groups the good news: The ASPCA has your back, and we can provide hay to help get your horses through the winter. We asked them to tell us what they needed.
Since then, equine groups have been flooding us with requests.
We’re deep in the process of working closely with these groups to meet their hay needs, and our equine rescue friends tell us this assistance couldn’t come at a better time.
“This year is setting up to become a ‘perfect storm’ for equine neglect, as we are already seeing a huge increase in calls and skinny horses,” Gail Vacca of the Illinois Equine Humane Center told us. “Thank goodness many will find relief due to the efforts and support of the ASPCA.”
We’re so grateful for your help feeding horses this year. If you haven’t yet given to this critical effort, it’s not too late! Every little bit counts, and it all goes directly to feeding horses.
Watch ASPCA.org for updates on this life-saving project, and if you haven’t already, consider being a part of it.