Webinar presented by
- Susan Taney: Founder and Director of Lost Dogs Illinois (and co-founder of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin)
- Kathy Pobloskie: Co-founder and Interim Director of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin
If you’re looking for ways to increase the numbers of lost dogs returning to their owners in your community, pull inspiration from this fabulous model (ok – go ahead and copy it!). Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin are two nonprofit, all-volunteer organizations that are successfully helping reunite lost dogs with their families. Learn how both agencies are empowering owners with resources and tools to assist them in locating their lost dogs.
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Top Tips From this Webinar
Find Each Fan’s Forte
You’re always hearing “enlist volunteers for help with social media!” but you seldom get advice on tasks they can take on...'til now. Taney outlines exactly how your volunteers can help you reunite lost pets and families via Facebook:
Watch Their Language
“If you take away one thing from this webinar, I hope that it’s the importance of keeping your page positive,” says Taney, who encourages you to focus your lost pets Facebook page on reuniting families and maintain a zero tolerance policy for judgmental comments. Taney deletes such comments and sends a private message to the offender with a warning that they will be banned if they continue their behavior.
Don’t Just Tip…PHOTO Tip
Your Facebook page should offer more than just posts about lost and found pets. Enhance your engagement – and educate your community – by sharing tips both on preventing pets from being lost, and tips on getting them found. We love Lost Pets’ photo tips like this one below – luckily, they encourage you to take, take, take 'em for your own use!
When posting info about a lost dog, don’t just include his physical traits; offer advice on how to approach that particular dog. For example: "Scruffy is shy, so please do not chase him. Sit down with a treat and let him come to you."
Offer Remote Training
When recruiting new volunteers to help reunite pets and families, you can save a lot of time and expand your reach if you train them remotely via teleconferencing, webinar, Powerpoint, etc. Lost Pets Illinois has developed plenty of training materials that they are happy to share with you, so go ahead and contact them.
Give Props to other Agencies
When you publicly acknowledge the other agencies in your area that have been involved in pet/family reunions, you go a long way toward strengthening relationships with those orgs…and just think of all the lives you’ll save and the lost dogs you’ll return when you continue to work together.