Life is hard.
You have bills to pay.
Maybe some kids to feed.
Perhaps you even go to school, too.
Parents know this feeling more than anybody.
I've heard rumors some of you have to act as a full-time teacher.
COVID-19 has been a wrecking ball and I can't wait for this crap to be over.
With such a busy schedule, you might not have time to volunteer at the animal shelter.
That's fine. There are faster ways to help shelter dogs find a forever family. You can even do it on your phone. Here's how...
I walk a shelter dog two or three times a week.
If you saw the WCYB story about me, you know I share photos of each dog online.
Without support from the local community, those status updates would reach nobody.
With the support I'm lucky enough to receive, they reach thousands of potential adopters every week.
Why not make the impact even larger? Click here to visit my profile. While you're there, click the "Add Friend" button.
Now you'll never miss a single shelter dog story. All it takes is one click of the "like" button and more people will see the adoptable dogs.
I have about 500 Facebook friends right now.
Let's assume the same is true for 99 people who share a shelter dog status.
By myself, I'd only reach 500 people. With an assist, the total goes up to 50,000... big difference!
In reality, the algorithm isn't that simple, but the point remains. Every share raises the odds of a dog getting adopted.
Clicking the like button helps. This makes the post more relevant to your friends, which means they're more likely to see it in the feed.
But the real magic happens when you share. Now your friends are ten times more likely to see the dog, just because you clicked a different button.
Tri Pets is about homeless pets in the Tri-Cities.
That's why the URL -- www.tripets.org -- is so easy to remember.
In case you're unaware, Petworks is the animal shelter where I volunteer in Kingsport, TN.
If you hear a friend or relative say they want to adopt a pet, open this website on your phone, and show them.
If you see a status update from a friend who wants to adopt a dog or cat, post the most appropriate link in a comment.
This is tiny stuff. But it can make a tremendous impact, especially when tons of folks are following the same suggestions.
Don't forget to add me as a friend so you'll see the adoptable dogs in your feed.
For bonus points, share this article on Facebook so your friends can help shelter dogs find homes, too.