Doggie Musings,  Houston Shelter Pets,  Rescue

Stop Sharing Those Sad Puppy Posts — Here’s How to Actually Help

Today a good friend in rescue shared a sad post on her Facebook page.

The post links to an article that has now been shared on Facebook 15,000 times.

His story will continue to be shared across Facebook, raising alarms and playing on heartstrings. The post will spread across the country. Poor puppy.

So why does this post bother me?

Why Does This Post Bother Me?

The original article was written on 4/24/2020. And this puppy left the shelter on 4/25/2020 with Wag Again Rescue.

In fact, he’s being fostered by a friend of mine. I met him on Sunday and gave him cuddles and scritches.

This dog is safe. No hearts need to be breaking here. (Other than, you just fell in love with this puppy, didn’t you?)

Moonpie is safe at home with a foster!

But sharing their out-dated post will take attention away from dogs that actually need your help.

The news article references content from Urgent Shelter Pets Houston Facebook page (which you should be following on Facebook!). And that video that’s embedded in the article? That’s me. That’s my voice.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with referencing these public domain items in a news article.

But the author could easily have updated the story to let folks know that Moonpie left the shelter within 36 hours of arrival.

So why didn’t she?

I don’t know for sure. Maybe she got busy. But maybe it’s because this story is a formula story. It’s an approach that’s used by many websites to hit the heart of animal lovers. You’ll find stories just like this on multiple web sites. But their goal? It’s not to help animals. It’s to drive traffic to their website. The more traffic, the more ads they can pump into your feed, and the more money they generate.

So let’s put the focus back where it belongs. Dogs that need help, the networking pages that feature them, and the rescues that save them.

New Weekly Feature: Houston Shelter Pets

Starting May 1, I’ll have a weekly feature on a pet that’s posted on Urgent Shelter Pets Houston.

In addition to featuring their stories, I’ll include information on how to support rescue groups that save these pets.

And I commit to always update the articles with the current status of the dog.

Because if it’s all about saving animals, we need to close the loop and focus on the next dog. We need to stop manipulating the public into sharing desperate dogs that are actually safe. And we need to start directing attention to the rescues that save lives.

❤️4/25/20 SAFE! Little Moonpie needs help getting his hair to grow in! A553918

❤️4/25/20 SAFE! TEAM! You just amaze us with your kindness, generosity and compassion for animals! MOONPIE is safe and out of the shelter with Wag Again Rescue! Thank you all for working so hard to save him! Please mention 'FOR MOONPIE' when you honor your pledges to the link below (He will definately need the help).PayPal.Me/WagagainThank you all for being part of Moonpie's solution!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️We are calling this little boy Moonpie. He was found on the streets looking like this! Shame on the person who threw him away. The vet has evaluated him and put him on a couple medications to help him feel & look better soon. Will you say ❝𝐈 𝐖𝐈𝐋𝐋 𝐅𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐑 and LOVE you until you are so CUTE everyone will want you❞? Here is what we know about Moonpie:🔸 German Shepherd puppy🔸 4 months🔸 13 pounds🔸 male🔸 Skin scrape negative🔸 PLEDGES NEEDED 🔸 Needs loving care, baths & medication🔸 Stray 77377 Moonpie #A553918 http://petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=HRRS.A553918⭐️⭐️Other Ways to Help⭐️⭐️🔹Make the Choice to Save a Life! FOSTER🔹𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄 this 𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐞. 👍🏻🔹Never miss a New Post! 🔔 Set Notifications to “SEE FIRST”🔹Visit our Story Daily for Updates!! 🔹Raise Awareness! Repost to other social media platforms & sites 🔹Pledge to help a rescue afford the cost of their care. 🔹Ask Us for more ways to be a part of the solution!Harris County Animal Shelter612 Canino Road, Houston, TXOpen Monday- Friday 1-5:30 PM Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 3:30 PM𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙪𝙣 𝙗𝙮 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙑𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙨. 𝙒𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙩𝙚𝙧.

Posted by Urgent Shelter Pets Houston on Friday, April 24, 2020
Original Post and video can be found on Urgent Shelter Pets Houston.

How to Help Moonpie the Puppy

Moonpie is safe in a foster home in Houston Texas. And he’s freaking adorable. He potties outside like a good boy. He wears a tiny t-shirt to protect his itchy skin. He’s had medicated baths. And he’s getting treatment for his skin infection.

The rescue that saved him is Wag Again Rescue, located in Pearland Texas.

As a medical rescue group, they save a tremendous number of dogs from Harris County Animal Shelter. Many of the dogs need expensive veterinary care, and Wag Again doesn’t hesitate to step up.

Local fosters and donations are needed to help support their life-saving organization.

Wag Again uses foster homes to care for their dogs, once out of the shelter. When they are healthy enough for adoption, the rescue posts them on PetFinder.com, to find the loving homes they deserve.

Donate to support their work:

And follow Urgent Shelter Pets Houston on Facebook. This team of volunteers posts networking videos, monitors the posts for donations and foster offers, and works with multiple rescue groups.

Moonpie plays patty-cake with his foster.

Houston Dog Mom is a Houston-based dog lover and shelter volunteer. Doggos "Doug" and "Tammy" also help out with the writing.

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