By Janet Medcalf
More than 1,500 pooches and felines have been adopted at the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society Animal Shelter in the past two years. Part of that success may be attributed to the organization's active presence in social media, most notably Facebook.
The Humane Society launched the "Friends of Greeneville-Greene County TN Humane Society" page on Facebook on Feb. 20, 2012.
Our Facebook page is dedicated to finding "furever" homes for adoptable homeless animals at our Adoption Center.
We've seen great success in our adoption rates since we launched our Facebook page. The numbers tell the tale. More than 1,545 dogs and cats that we've posted on our page have been adopted since February 2012.
Many of these are the direct result of their photo being seen on our Facebook page. This has brought lots of excitement to our Adoption Center because the more animals we adopt out, the more we're able to save by taking them into our facility.
Not only does our Facebook page have photo albums featuring adoptable dogs and cats needing "furever" homes, but we also have albums featuring photos of the day-to-day happenings at the Adoption Center as well as photos of our special events and fundraisers.
One album that we're particularly proud of is our "Alumni" album. This album features photos of our adopted dogs and cats in their new homes.
If you've adopted from us and would like us to share your photos on our Facebook page, all you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This has proven to be a very popular album as we're regularly receiving photos and stories of our animals in their new "furever" home.
Our Facebook page is also used to let everyone know of special events. Events coming up are our annual roadblock, our Walmart Wish List collection and our Howl-o-ween Party.
Our page is also used to encourage people to have their pets spayed or neutered.
We also feature the many volunteer opportunities with our Adoption Center.
We love visitors and volunteers and even have an album with pictures showing the many things that our volunteers can do to help with our animals.
Our page is very interactive, enabling us to get to know our community supporters a little better.
One of the great things about our page is that you can comment on our posts and photos and if you have specific questions, you can message us and we'll respond as quickly as possible.
As of last week, our Facebook page has over 3,900 “likes.” This is very exciting to us because we love that our community now has a front seat to the day-to-day happenings at our Adoption Center.
To find us on Facebook, search for Friends of Greeneville-Greene County TN Humane Society and “like” our page so you can stay up to date on all the awesome things we are doing. We will keep you posted.
We also want to encourage our Facebook friends to please share our page with their friends. See you on Facebook friends.