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Who's crossposting homeless pets and why

Roman is a rescue and he's not as sad as he looks. He just knows how to pout to get what he wants.
Roman is a rescue and he's not as sad as he looks. He just knows how to pout to get what he wants.
Gila Todd

Cross-posting is the act of posting and re-posting the same image and/or information, by multiple people, through various forms of social media like Twitter and Facebook, email lists, newsgroups, etc. Information through cross-posting spreads like wildfire and covers areas all over the world. The information travels everywhere there is an internet connection.

One of the largest interest groups to use social media cross posting is animal welfare groups. Scroll through the Facebook feed of any animal rescuer and you will see dozens or even hundred of animals in need, from every state in the US and beyond.

Over a six month period, information was gathered from animal rescue cross-posters to get a little insight on who they are, how often they cross-post, issues they may have encountered, other involvement they may have in rescuing animals, and why it is they do what they do.

The following information is the results of the survey taken by 100 people who regularly cross-post homeless animals as well as comments as to why they do it.

People reported from the following states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Indiana, Missouri, Utah, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Nevada.

Age groups reporting:
13-20: 0
21-31: 13 %
35-44: 19%
45-54: 26%
55-64: 34%
65 and older: 9%

Male or Female:
Male: 6%
Female: 94%

Questions asked:

How many animals do you crosspost per day?
0-5: 15%
6-12: 23%
13-20: 32%
20 or more: 32%
Those that posted more than 20 animals per week reported 35, 40-50, 100, 200 plus, and even “hundreds” of cross-postings per day.

Where are you cross-posting?
Myspace: 1%
Other social media: 3%
Twitter: 5%
Social groups: 11%
Email: 27%
Facebook: 53%

How many of you feel compelled to cross-post every animal that comes through your feed?
23%

Do you cross-post multiple animals per day?
Yes: 57%

Do you cross-post every day?
Yes 42%

Do you cross-post a particular animal or breed?
Yes: 21%

Do you cross post animals that are in areas where you know you do not have any social media friends located?
Yes: 46%

Has anyone ever deleted you as a friend from any social networking site or forum, because they say you post too many animal related items?
Yes: 38%

Have you ever been banned from a social network or forum for excessive cross-posting?
Yes: 9%

Do you keep any record or the animals that you share?
Yes: 14%

Do you follow up with any of the animals you share?
Yes: 42%

Are you in any way directly affiliated with any one or more licensed animal welfare organization?
Yes: 51%

Have you ever removed or deleted anyone from your social networking feed because they were excessive cross-posters?
Yes: 12%

Have you ever thought about deleting or removing from your feed, anyone from your social networking friend's list, because of their excessive cross posting?
Yes: 27%

Has anyone ever threatened to remove you from their news feed or delete your from their friend list on social media?
Yes: 31%

Has anyone ever been verbally abusive in comments on what you have shared or cross-posted?
Yes: 14%

Have you ever been warned by a social networking group because of excessive cross-posting?
Yes: 14%

Do you have any hands on experience rescuing animals?
Yes: 79%

Do you regularly visit any animal shelters?
Yes: 36%

Do you have any hands on experience volunteering with any animal organization aside from cross-posting?
Yes: 68%

How many contacts are in your social media group?
1-100: 9%
101-300: 30%
301-600: 26%
601-900: 12%
901-1200: 7%
1201 or more: 16%

When cross-posters were asked why they make the effort to share homeless pets, we got the following responses:

Over 4 million pets die in shelters each year. This is our fault. Breeders over-breed, people don't spay/neuter their pets, etc. They are innocent, and they die as a result of our irresponsibility. (I) Have volunteered at shelters for most of my adult life. Was on Board of Directors for 6 years and was a president of a local humane society. I'm older now, so I volunteer at my local shelter when able, and cross-post shelter pets from home.

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I hope by sharing with people that might be the perfect dog someone is looking for. I help save dogs that otherwise would have been put to sleep.
Also transporting arranging transports
Shelter work such as walking dogs feeding fostering taking to vet appointments and helping with events.

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I started cross-posting when I saw a dog's photo from a heart-stick shelter in Louisiana and shared that dog everywhere I knew to share her. I have fostered a dog for a shelter here in New Mexico. I have personally rescued many animals throughout my life; my four current animals are all rescues. I do volunteer computer and editing work for an animal rescue group in Los Angeles, LA4 Animals Foundation. I pledge and donate to shelter animals when I'm financially able to do so.

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I have about 20 years of experience rescuing animals, volunteering in shelters and animal welfare organizations. I was also on the board of a shelter for about 3 years. I personally rescued a number of dogs from urban settings with a high stray population and brought them to safety to shelters I knew.

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I occasionally volunteer at my local animal shelter; I've also gone out to Best Friends several and have volunteered in Dogtown.

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I just love animals. I can't stand to the suffering of these poor, innocent creatures. I hope by cross-posting, that one of my friends or their friends can help the animal out.

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I think the way our animals are treated says something about who we are. I'd like to see a better and kinder world for us all.

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I am a dog-walker at a local no kill shelter. I love all animals, not just companion animals, and will cross post what comes my way to help save their lives, which are as important to me as any person's. I have over four thousand Facebook cross-posting friends, so it is impossible for me to cross-post everything I see, but I do manage to cross-post a lot.

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I am a board member and volunteer at a local shelter. I cross-post because it works!

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I live in a rural southeast Missouri area, where a great many people think dogs and cats are like trash - easily disposable, easily replaceable. I am not only trying to help (mostly) dogs in my area, but I'm also trying to educate people about the responsibility that they have. I'm trying to break a chain of beliefs that "it's just a dog". Not sure if I'm helping any at all in the realm of rescue, but I sure couldn't live with myself if I just sat and did nothing. It's a never-ending process, and quite the emotional roller coaster ride most of the time, but the rewards FAR outweigh the bad stuff!

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I have fostered. I help with adoption events. I go to the shelter to give petting and love to all of the animals. I cross-post because I would love to see all animals have loving homes.

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I, of course, am an animal lover. Most of the cross pointing I do is lost or found animals in my area. I do cross-point lost or found animals in other areas occasionally if I know anybody who lives remotely close to where the animal was found or went missing.
I support several animal shelters and rescues in my area and have transported dogs on a few occasions. That involves cross-posting information to people in the area in which I live.
I have three dogs myself who are rescue dogs. One from a shelter and two who were dropped off in my area. They are part of our family and are taken care of with love, food, shelter and vetting. They live both outside and inside our home.
I believe very strongly in what my area shelters and rescues are doing. Because of the great leadership many, many animals are being saved and transported to new and either foster or forever homes. It is my responsibility as well as my passion and joy to see animals removed from kill shelters into rescues, foster homes or forever homes

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We are the voice for the innocent.

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I cross post because you never know. I cross posted 3 pups that were abandoned by a local lake and a fellow facebook friend (who I only know through my cross posting network) gave me the name of a rescue she works with and helped me get the pups to them. An actual friend and rescuer with a 501C made the actual transport for me. So far 2 of the pups have been adopted and all three were vetted and altered (the third is in a foster home).
I have also cross posted and dogs were saved somewhere along the thread.
I am nervous about cross posting to trolls who are looking for bait dogs, etc.

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I have donated supplies, fundraiser merchandise, and have been able to help a few events. I live about 45 (min.) from both my local shelters and work my job during their business hours. I have been able on a few occasions help with Saturday or after work events, but not many. I would love to be more hands on in the not so busy future. I have multiple dogs of my own that I have either adopted or abandoned. I use most of my financial resources and time on them, but do like to help others when I can.

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I cross-post because my heart goes out to some of these animals. mostly those that will be difficult to find a home.

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I cross post to give animals that need a home a greater chance of being seen. A few of my friends have mentioned wanting a dog so I send them posts of dogs I think they might be interested in. I volunteer at an equine assisted therapeutic riding stable for autistic and brain injured children and adults. I have inquired several times to volunteer at a local dog shelter, but they never seem to need help. Guess its a lot different in other parts of the country.

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I've always loved animals of all kinds. As Christians my parents taught me that we have been given stewardship over the creatures of the earth, and that just because a creature may be "ugly" that is no reason to kill or harm one in anyway. Likewise, my husband and I have taught our children early on that you can take a life, but you can never give it back. One of my daughters is going into veterinary medicine and we've been the recipients of many, many "critters" over the years. We currently have 5 rescue dogs, 5 rescue cats, and 1 rescue gecko!!! lol..... If I could I would take them all. I have not volunteered at any shelter for 2 reasons......I can't stand to see abused animals, plus I work all day as an elementary teacher. I know I can't put my head in the sand when it comes to abuse, but I'm a softy. I will always open my home to an animal if it needs shelter. We have practically gone broke because when an animal comes to us, we have them neutered/spayed and we vaccinate them. We pulled one of our little ones through Parvo! This is when my daughter figured out it was her calling, because she was up ever 30 minutes for 72 hours making sure Molly was hydrated, force fed protein paste, and given a shot every 12 hours. It was the driving force in her decision....never give up on an animal. I'm sure my animals are in heaven and will wait for me!!! LOL

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I usually cross-post animals that live in my area or in areas where I have friends or family. I know what it is like to lose an animal or to see one that has been dumped to die. I am not a rabid animal rescue person but I am concerned about decent treatment of animals.

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I volunteer for Husky Haven in Houston (i clean kennels, wash food/water bowls, do adoption events, help with transport and foster). I also visit a boarding facility once a week where Rescue dogs from many Rescues are boarded. I bring treats, give them playtime and check them for injuries, illness. Facebook reaches so many people and educating the public is very important to me. When people see the dog, read their story....they are more willing to help in some way. They ask questions and we can explain the process of Rescue to them. When they see the amount of animals in need they start believing us when we say we have a crisis of overpopulation, irresponsible owners, need for low cost spay/neutering and changing of legislature. They ask how they can help and I am happy to send them a note. We have many injured dogs coming into our program and through Facebook we were able to get donations for treatment.

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I volunteer behind the scenes with Corridor Rescue by designing their annual calendar. I have also in the past volunteered for them at events, transporting food donations, and I also used to manage their petfinder and adopt-a-pet listings. I also now volunteer, both behind the scenes and hands, on with Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project. I help at events, promotion, designing event flyers, helping with the website, etc. I've been in the field to help pick-up strays or vaccinate and feed them. I have pulled and transported dogs from Harris County Animal Control to other rescue groups. I have been a part of long-distance transporting by providing one leg of that long-distance transport.

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The more eyes that see the animals in need, the more likely they will find good homes.

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I am part of triple k adoptables and most of our dogs and cats come from local shelters and from the street. We currently have fosters with several other rescue groups and I share pets other groups I know and trust.

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Because of the amount of friends I have on Face Book I take advantage of the situation in representing several rescue groups that have a need in trying to get their adoptions out there. I have had several friends lately emailing me telling me they appreciate what I do as well as people have offered to donate for vet bills and they know someone interested in a certain dog or know someone.
I have found by congratulating the adoptees it sounds or appears there is happy endings one dog or cat at a time....
I also feel I am not able to volunteer by picking up, driving around, etc. I am volunteering in a different way by helping get the dogs/cats exposed to many caring people that might adopt or know of someone that might adopt.

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I am married and I have two kids. I work full time and I volunteer on my off time in my neighborhood associations and with dog rescue. I foster dogs for rescue groups. We have had all types of dogs here big, small,male and female, injured and well, aggressive and non aggressive and multiple breeds.I take them to adoption events on the weekends until they get adopted and I have been doing this over two years. We have also had a mom and her pups on two separate occasions. I have found the rescue groups and seen the dogs in need through face book. We have adopted dogs we found on FB. I have met everyone in rescue on Facebook and have been able to connect with them in real life to help dogs.

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Cross-posting and sharing saves lives.

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I've been involved in animal rescue since 2006. I currently volunteer with several No Kill Rescue groups and now I help out a local city shelter/pound. Sometimes sharing animals in need means they make it out alive.

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I try to only cross-post animals that are either in my local area or those in places where I have friends or contacts. I think that too many cross-posts might make people get tired of looking at them or avoid them altogether. I am a monetary and supply donator to 4 animal shelters/rescues in my area and I do animal transports about twice a month. I will drive anywhere from 1-6 dogs and travel up to 150 miles in a single transport.

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I cross post because I don't have a lot of money to donate and my house is full of pets so I can't help by adopting. I have driven transports and also helped with adoption events for local shelters

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I saved a rescue dog and felt bad about the ones left behind. Since I can't take them all in, I wanted to do something to get the word out to help them find loving homes.

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Social networking allows large diverse groups to share huge numbers of animals in need in the most effective manner possible. We reach the largest number of possible adopters, rescues and shelters in a position to save lives.
I am a breed specific Am Pit Bull Terrier cross poster involved in breed specific legislative issues. I do have numerous contacts for other purebreds and while my number of mixed breed contacts may be small, I will share information on all dogs or horses when directly asked for assistance.
I am a dog trainer. I use my skills to enhance adaptability of dogs either at risk or already thrown into the rescue/shelter network for fixable behavior issues. Most behaviors are simply dogs doing what dogs do but in some instances I have rehabilitative skills to address dogs who have been victimized through abuse/neglect/dog fighting. I am the trainer of record for a DOC based program utilizing inmate trainers.

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