Social media helps Fort Worth animal shelter save furry lives



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Posted on February 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 11 at 7:03 PM

FORT WORTH - Every year, Fort Worth's Animal Control picks up 20,000 stray animals.

For years, only 35 percent of those dogs and cats would be adopted, the rest euthanized. But the City of Fort Worth opened kennels and has started using Facebook to save animals.

News 8 stopped by a shelter on the city's south side. On any given day, 50 to 75 animals could be euthanized here.

But social media is helping reduce that number.

"We've had our highest live-release rate ever, the last couple of months here," said Brandon Bennett with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter.

Bennett says it's thanks to the Urgent Animals at Fort Worth Care and Control Facebook group.

It allows people to see the animals at risk of being put down soon, and by tagging the photo, it means they're interested in rescuing the animal. Of all the dogs and cats brought to this shelter in December, 66 percent were saved - double the amount before the Facebook page.

"For a city our size, and funding and everything else is just astronomical," Bennett said.

Since starting the Facebook page a year ago, they've saved more than 1,000 animals.

"I think, in their own way, they're very thankful," Bennett said. "In their own way, they're very appreciative for the compassion that people show."

Compassion, manifested through a simple Facebook page.