Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Orihuela animal shelter joins Facebook for adoptions

This month a year ago the animal shelter in San Bartolome (Orihuela) was officially opened. One year on hundreds of abandoned dogs and cats have arrived in the shelter. But more importantly also hundreds of animals have found new homes thanks to a small army of volunteers who have set up extensive adoption programs.

Currently various organisations in different locations in Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland are working effortless to find new families for these abandoned animals.

The attempts to keep the shelter from being overpopulated have born fruit, but the volunteers know that always more needs to be done.

The latest initiative to keep the adoptions on par with the steady influx of abandoned newcomers is a Facebook page aimed primarily at the English speaking community in the region of the Costa Blanca. This Facebook page informs people about the many wonderful animals for which they are trying to find a new home. At any given time there will be at least 60 to over a hundred dogs and cats on this page. At the moment quite a few puppies are on Facebook.

This approach is the next logical step in our attempts to keep the situation in the shelter manageable, says one of the volunteers. Especially during the summer months the situation gets really problematic. That is the time that animals are abandoned more than ever and also the time that many puppies are brought into the shelter or simply dumped outside the entrance gate.

The volunteers are convinced that the Facebook page can help to get more dogs and cats adopted. If the initiative is a success there are already plans to set up similar Facebook pages in a few other languages.

The shelter´s Facebook page is: orihuelaanimalshelter. There is a clear description on the site on how to get to the shelter.

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