Use Twitter to Help Homeless Dogs

Are you using Twitter? If so, follow me @DoggieAcademy (my recent updates are posted here on the right column). You should also participate in the February 28th Tweet Blast for Animal Rescue Online with me.

Since it’s inception in March 2006, Twitter has grown into one of the world’s most popular messaging services. We use it all the time to post updates to our friends; site information; even short novels. Animal Rescue Online would like to take Twitter one step further: promote homeless pets through the world’s largest Tweet Blast.

At this very moment, anywhere from ten to a hundred people are considering getting a pet from a pet store or breeder – time to get them thinking about adopting, instead. Tweet Blast’s aim is to promote individual animals by getting them the exposure they need and cannot otherwise get because the shelter they’re housed at doesn’t have sufficient funds for publicity.

So how does it work? It’s simple, on February 28th, 2009 everyone who is interested in participating will post a tweet with a link to the Petfinder profile page of a homeless animal of their choice.

Do I have to sign up? What do I have to do to be a part of Tweet Blast? All you have to do to be a part of Tweet Blast is post a tweet on February 28th! It’s that simple. To find a homeless pet you’d like to tweet about, use Petfinder’s search engine. Copy and past the URL from your chosen pet’s profile page and use TinyURL to shorten it into a tweet-able size.

Here’s an example of a possible tweet:
“Thinking about getting a horse? Atlas, an adult appaloosa, is looking for a home! Please consider adopting.”
(The example is 18 words, 115 characters, for those interested in knowing.)

Anything else I can do to help? Spread the word! Post a text link back to this site or slap this badge in your sidebar.


Just copy and paste this code:

The badge is 125×125 pixels, and of course, you’re free to make your own if you’re really, really bored and really want to.

If you have any questions or comments, e-mail them to

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