Slactivism – I first heard the word last week at the Social Media Club of Richmond. It elicited a chuckle from the crowd, who may have been more familiar with the term. While it’s meant as a pejorative, there are plenty of ways that you can help homeless animals with just a few clicks of your mouse. Sure it’s a feel-good move that doesn’t take much effort, but spreading the word about the lifesaving programs and services we provide as well as events that benefit the animals in our care have real impact. [Disclaimer: sometimes after the click we ask you to follow through with real-world action, but it’s usually relatively painless and often even fun.]
- Click the Facebook like button on this post. You’re already reading it and even stuck around past the first paragraph, so maybe you really do like it. Using the Facebook “like” button is a way of sharing our blog with your friends.
- If you’re not already a fan, go to the Richmond SPCA page on Facebook and like it too. We try not to fill your newsfeed with too many updates, unless of course it’s about adorable puppies and kittens and other wonderful animals who are so deserving of a good home. You can also be a fan of our gift shop for special offers and promotions.
- Now that you see our updates, when you like one, share it with your friends too. Facebook knows there’s a bit of a slacker in each of us, so they’ve made it easy. Each photo or video or link we post has a “share” link just below it. You can post it to your own news feed and even add comments to let everyone know why you support animal welfare.
- Visit our events tab on Facebook to see upcoming events that benefit the pets in our care. If you see one that interests you, let us know you’ll attend then select more guests to invite. Facebook only allows page administrators to send event invites to the people we’re personally connected to, not to everyone who likes our page, so we rely on you to spread the word about our events.
- Make a post of your own! Have you adopted your best friend from our Robins-Starr Humane Center? Had a pet spayed at our Smoky’s Spay/Neuter Clinic? Found your pet’s new favorite toy at our Lora Robins Gift Shop? Let others know! You can even post a photo or video to our wall on Facebook to give us an update. We love to hear how much joy our alumni bring their families, and maybe it will inspire someone else to give a home to an orphaned pet.
Tabitha Hanes is the community relations manager at the Richmond SPCA. To read her complete biography, or that of our other bloggers, please click here. Before submitting a comment, please review our guidelines.