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Social Petworking Month

June 1, 2022

Did you know that June is Social Petworking Month? One of the best things about the rise of the internet, at least in our opinion, is the endless supply of funny animal videos and cute pet pictures we can find online. As it turns out, social media has also had quite an effect on Fido and Fluffy. A local vet offers some insight on this below.

A Good Cause

You don’t need a special occasion to post adorable pet pictures. However, if you wanted one, Social Petworking Day definitely fits the bill. The unofficial holiday was created to help homeless pets get adopted. Want to help? Share posts about local pets that are looking for homes. You may change a pet’s life with a few keystrokes! Even liking photos or posts made by local shelters will help. Although the actual algorithms are still quite mysterious, liking a post usually helps it achieve more visibility, so that more people see it.

Pet Photos

Does your dog or cat have a habit of looking absolutely adorable, only to move as soon as you get your camera? Try downloading a pet photo app. Many of these have presets that work very well at taking animal photos. We also would recommend choosing a background that contrasts with your pet’s fur … unless, of course, you have a black cat and you are going for that ‘kitty void’ look that only shows Fluffy’s eyes.

Offline Petworking

Much networking is done online these days. However, this is a good time to offer some information about interacting with pets in real life. If you come across someone with a cute dog that seems friendly, it’s okay to ask if you can pet it. You should never do this with working dogs or pups that seem uneasy, though.

Pets Online

Quite a few of our furry friends have their own social media pages. There are even some pets that qualify as bona-fido social media celebrities, such as Azuki, the impossibly cute hedgehog. You can also find many social media accounts made by celebrities for their own pets. Some of those ‘influencers’ include the pets of Amanda Seyfried, Paris Hilton, and Matthew Perry. If your furry friend has a social media account, remember to share some social petworking posts this month!

Our Advice on Social Petworking Month in 2024

What is Social Petworking Month, and how does it benefit homeless pets?

Social Petworking Month, celebrated in June, leverages the power of social media to support homeless pets. It’s a time when pet lovers use platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share information about animals needing adoption. These posts increase visibility and reach a wider audience by posting photos, stories, and information about pets in shelters or foster homes. This heightened awareness can lead to more adoptions, donations, and general support for animal welfare organizations. It turns the vast social media network into a tool for promoting and finding homes for needy pets.

How can sharing posts on social media help homeless pets find homes?

Sharing posts on social media about homeless pets can significantly increase their chances of finding homes. Sharing a post extends the reach beyond the immediate circle of the shelter or rescue group, tapping into a broader network of potential adopters. Each share amplifies visibility, making it more likely that the right match – someone looking to adopt a pet – will see the post. Additionally, these shares can attract donations and volunteers, providing more resources to help these animals. A simple share can be a powerful tool in connecting homeless pets with loving homes.

What are some tips for taking better photos of pets?

As a vet with plenty of experience photographing pets, here are some tips for better pet photos: First, use natural light when possible for a softer, more flattering shot. Avoid using flash, as it can startle pets and cause red-eye. Get down to your pet’s level to capture their world from their perspective. Patience is vital; wait when your pet is calm or naturally posed. Use treats or toys to grab their attention. Lastly, choose a contrasting background to make your pet stand out, especially if they have dark fur. Remember, capturing their personality is what makes pet photos unique!

How should one approach interacting with pets offline, especially in public spaces?

Always approach with caution and respect when interacting with pets in public spaces. Firstly, always ask the owner for permission before approaching their pet. Only some pets are comfortable with strangers; some may be working animals, like service dogs, who should be focused. Approach slowly and let the pet sniff you first, offering the back of your hand. Avoid direct eye contact initially; some animals may perceive this as a threat. Be gentle and calm in your movements and voice. Respectfully give them space if the pet seems uneasy or the owner advises against it. Remember, each pet has its comfort level with strangers.

What is the role of pets in the online social media landscape?

Pets play a significant and diverse role in the online social media landscape. They often become sources of entertainment and joy through cute and funny content, bringing a sense of light-heartedness to users. Many pets have social media accounts managed by their owners, which can amass many followers and even reach influencer status. These accounts share the pet’s daily adventures, raise awareness about pet care and animal welfare, and sometimes support charitable causes. Pets on social media can foster a sense of community among animal lovers, provide educational content, and offer emotional support through engaging and relatable posts.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your animal clinic in Fort Myers, FL!

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