Lynchburg, VA - Social media sites like Facebook are saving animals lives every day. The Lynchburg Humane Society and Appomattox County pound say because of their Facebook pages, adoption rates have increased dramatically.
More than 3,000 people 'like' the Lynchburg Humane Society on Facebook. Just about every day, they post a new picture of an adoptable animal along with their story. And just recently, we saw it give one dog a lot of hope.
It's been a rough few weeks for little Prissy. The 12-year-old Schnauzer's owner died. The rest of the family was unable to take her in.
"It's a little heartbreaking. It's sad that they know something's going on but they don't understand," said Kim Haywood, the outreach coordinator of the Lynchburg Humane Society.
But fortunately for Prissy, they have a very active Facebook page. Every day the executive director is posting and sometimes pleading.
"It definitely has helped increase our adoptions because it allows us to focus on those harder cases, tell their story, it allows people to share their story with their friends," explained Makena Yarbrough.
Within five hours since Prissy's picture being posted on Facebook, 20 people shared her story and 18 different people left comments.
The Appomattox County Pound estimates their adoption rates have gone up 15 to 20 % since a volunteer started its Facebook page. Animal Control Officers say it's giving the animals more time to get adopted.
"No one likes to euthanize an animal. I mean, it's just part of the job and it happens everywhere, everyday. But anytime that you can save an animal...that's great," said Josh Hackett.
The same day Prissy's picture was posted, she got her happy ending. A woman adopted her after seeing her picture on Facebook.
Check out the Lynchburg Humane Society's Facebook page and the Friends of Animal Control in Appomattox Facebook page.