Over this past weekend the first Blogpaws convention was held. This was for people and animals that blog, and want to help animals. We weren't able to attend, but I bet it was a grand time, and all these folks got a chance to see where they have come in the past year. Several of them have blogged about animals or worked with animal rescues and shelters for a long time. But many of them saw this past year because of twitter, facebook and other social media sources what they could do as well, so they joined in at the pawpawties, helped their local shelters, started blogs, and twittered, twittered, twittered! (boy have we driven the "real" people there crazy!) And they have seen that even a little bit can help. And all those little bits added up to a lot of help for a lot of homeless animals.
Even the "real" people are joining us now. Either with their animals getting an account (with the invariable effect of the animal soon having more followers than they do!),or they come to the pawpawties as themselves. From only a few hundred "pawpawtiers" to now several thousand all over the world! It's a very little thing, but it means so much for all the homeless animals out there. And it is something we can all do. The average donation at the pawpawties is probably $10. but, it's a lot of $10. that add up to a lot of help!(and we all have a super time pawtying!)
You don't have to have a blog where you update daily, maybe only once or twice a month. A lot of the animal blogs do mostly pictures and videos to show what they've been up to. But, you never know how wide your audience might be. So, if you post about the latest pawpawty, a lot of folks may see it! The folks that are not involved with the anipals or the pawpawties might just get to read where you are telling about helping at your local shelter, or how the pawpawty raised over a $1000. for that month's shelter and decide that they can help too! Never underestimate the effect you can have for good. So, do what you can, where you can. And help spread the word, on twitter, on facebook, on your blog, to your neighbors and friends.
Maybe all you feel comfortable doing is RTing a tweet on Twitter, or posting a link on your Facebook, even that does help! Look at how @BigBoyBosco 's mom found Ginger! From a Re-tweet of a twitter post telling Ginger's story. Or Ming Shai last December, when Kittenrescue, Carsoncats, and Smokey8 and myself had to save that little old gal from the Los Angeles shelter! You can be the change folks!
We can all make a difference for homeless animals.
I'll leave you with the wonderful video Pawpawtie's CED @frugaldougal and his staff did for the Blogpaws convention. It says it all!