Friday, February 12, 2010

Using the internet to find forever homes

Ranger was found last summer as a stray in Kansas, and won over the hearts of the shelter workers that he too came to love. But for no obvious reason, they had trouble placing him in a forever home locally. The clever folks at the shelter turned to facebook to help Ranger find a home. Kelli Cameron of St. Charles, Illinois came across the facebook update and knew she had to do something.

Kelli already did some volunteer work with her local shelter, but something about Ranger made her feel like she needed to do more. She was trying to place Ranger through people that she knew, and gave regular updates to her husband about this far-away dog in need. Then he offered up a novel solution--that they bring Ranger into their family!

The action that followed would have been impossible without the availability of internet networking. A muti-state web of dedicated dog lovers coordinated a flight though Pilots-n-Paws from Kansas, to Missouri, to Iowa, to Illinois. A sweet, sweet landing for Ranger was at the end of it all--with his new family and forever home.

1 comment:

  1. This is amazing. About 4 years ago, I, too saw an "urgent" posting for a rat terrier in a shelter in Chanute, Kansas! The AC there thought he was such a nice dog he kept him waaaay past his time....and through the wonders of the internet I was able to adopt him and have him driven to me all the way to Michigan by a breeder that just happened to be coming to the UKC Premier dog show held every summer in my hometown. So many parallels to our stories. I don't now what I'd do without my Kansas dog, Jack.