Posts To Be Cross Posted - Explained
Pounds For Poundies is an organisation that pound helpers, or pound pullers, go to to help them find rescue spaces for abandoned animals in local authority pounds and shelters before they are put to sleep.
Pounds for poundies, and other similar groups on social media sites, depend on people cross posting the posts. Cross posting, or sharing the posts, mean more people see them, which coud hopefully lead to an animal rescue offering the animal a rescue space.
Image:A Pounds For Poundies post on the Pounds for Poundies page on Facebook, appealing for a life saving rescue space for a local authority pound/shelter pet. Image Source
It is important to share from the original post, and not just the post you see. To get to the original post from the one you see, all you need to do is click on the picture.
Once I have shared the post (cross posted it) to my Facebook page, you can see below what it looks like. If you choose the “Share…” option on the menu that appears once you click the “share” icon on the post, you can write information to let people know what is important about the post you are sharing. You can see what I wrote at the top of the post.
Image: What the same post looks like after I have shared it on my page. You can see what I wrote in capital letters at the top of the post. I did so so anyone who saw the post could immediately see the importance and urgency of it, and hopefully share it from my post. Image Source
Not all posts appealing for animal rescue spaces look like the examples above. There are many set out in different ways and using different language.
For instance, to indicate when the pet entered the pound, some posts say “In:” and then state a date, and to indicate when the pets time is up, or when it needs out of the pound/shelter by to save its life, some posts say “Out:” and then state a date.
Different information is used on different posts too, depending on who wrote them and what information the pound pullers have about the pet. It is always vital to have on the posts who to contact with an offer of a rescue space for the pet, and how.
Sometimes all the information about the pet is on the post, which you can see by clicking “see more” at the bottom of the Facebook post (if it gives the option). Other times, to get more information, you may have to click on a link on the post to be taken to a website page.
There are posts that put videos of the animals on instead of photos. This is good because it can show the pets interacting with people and being playful and affectionate, which can make them seem a lot more rehomable, and therefore more attractive to rescues. There are also posts that are entirely images that have all the information written within the image, such as this one:
Image: An example of a post appealing for a rescue space for a dog, that is entirely an image. Image Source
Below is a post from the Southeast USA Rescue Network 4 Precious Lives Needing Urgent Help Facebook group. In their group, they say:
“This Group was created due to the dramatic increase of killings of very adoptable animals in the Southeastern USA, where there are horrendous gassing and heartstick shelters. Many of these shelters are extremely high-kill. These animals truly need our help. They need YOUR time, YOUR help, YOUR compassion. Only YOU have the power to save them.”
Image: A post on Facebook appealing for a rescue space for a death row dog in the USA. Image Source
Phrases, Abbreviations, Acronyms & Initialisms Used
When crossposting rescue space appeal posts, you may come across the following abbreviations or phrases used in the information:
RBU or rbu = Rescue back up
Rescue back up is when an official animal rescue backs up a fosterer in that they pay essential veterinary & food fees for the foster pet, and the pet will be re-homed through the rescue. Also, if anything goes wrong and the fosterer cannot continue fostering the pet (for instance, if the foster pet and the fosterers existing pet badly fight, or the fosterer goes into hospital), the rescue will take responsibility for the pet.
The term RBU is often used in the context of “Can go to rescue or fosterer with RBU”, or if they have the possibility of a fosterer, but one who needs rescue back up (as all fosterers do), they may say something like “Rescue Space or RBU Needed”.
EB or eb = Emergency boarding
This is when the animal is put in boarding kennels at a cost, to give it more time to find a rescue space.
HC or hc = Home check
A home check is where the prospective adopter is visited in their home and to check they are a responsible person who will keep the pet safe and well care for its whole life. Fosterers also need to be home checked.
PTS or pts = Put To Sleep
This refers to what will happen to the pet if a rescue space is not found in time. The phrases “Euthanised” is often used and “Destroyed” and “Put down” can also be used.
Safe = Rescue space has been offered to this pet
This is the best news to see on a post! It means that a rescue space has been secured for the animal and the post no longer needs to be shared. However, there will be plenty others that do! Other words or phrases are often used to mean the same thing, such as “Placed”, “Rescue space secured”, or similar.
Pledge = A promise to donate later
You may see on a post that pledges are needed, or that pledges have been made. Making a pledge to an animal needing a rescue space means making a promise to donate later to help with that animals rescue costs. Pledges or donations give an animals a better chance of being offered a rescue space by a rescue. Some posts asked for pledges or donations to be paid immediately, as sometimes people who have made pledges sadly do not keep their promise.
Rescue Only = This pet cannot yet be adopted by a member of the public, as it has not been assessed and can only be saved by an animal rescue
Local authority pounds and shelters do not usually assesss the animals and rehome them. “Rescue Only”, or “Rescue Space Only” means they will not re-home to the public. They will only allow an animal rescue with a rescue space to take the pet, who assesses it and re-homes it.
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