Williamson County Animal Control utilizes Facebook
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. - A local animal shelter turns to social networking to find homes for the dogs it collects off the streets.
Adoption is a huge part of what the Williamson County Animal Shelter does, but they do not think many people realize that.
So they have turned to Facebook to get the word out that they have pups that need to be placed with a loving family.
On the page, you will find photos of the available dogs and tips on how to keep your pooches happy and healthy.
If you are interested in one of the dogs, you simply send them a message.
The Facebook page has only been up for about three weeks, but Williamson County Commissioner Brent Gentry says it is working.
Gentry has a soft spot for animals.
He pushed for the creation of the page.
"11 dogs, just like that, gone," said Gentry.
Ed Barwick of Williamson County Animal Control says the facility is misunderstood.
He says people do not realize the good they do.
The goal of any animal facility is not just to get dangerous dogs off the streets, but to give good dogs great homes.
To Barwick, the Facebook page is all about exposure.
He says the more people that know about the facility and that they are for finding dogs "forever homes", the better.
"They're good dogs. We know they're placeable, and it's just a matter of finding that right one person or that rescue group that's willing to take that dog at that time," said Barwick.
With every "like" both Gentry and Barwick are encouraged.
"Anything we can do to get one of these animals placed that's our desire," said Barwick.
"Dogs can't talk so we've got to speak for them to get them homes," said Gentry.
Ed Barwick says adopting from the animal control center is the cheapest option out there.
All dogs are spayed and neutered, vaccinated and ID chipped before they are given to their new owner.