Save a Life? There’s an App For That.

Posted by Pia

While popular Facebook apps like Farmville allow users to trade imaginary cows and chickens, Pet Pardons (Facebook account required to view) lets you advocate for actual animals whose time at the shelter is almost up. And all of this can be done with a simple click of the mouse (not a real mouse!). Here are a few shelter pets that have recently been saved thanks to Pet Pardons!

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The sweet and lovely Ms. Daisy was adopted by the Mahoneys in her final hours at the shelter thanks to Ashley and Pet Pardons!

1 The sweet and lovely Ms. Daisy was adopted by the Mahoneys in her final hours at the shelter thanks to Ashley and Pet Pardons!

Hazel, from New York City found her forever home thanks to Pet Pardons!

2 Hazel, from New York City found her forever home thanks to Pet Pardons!

Tank, from Wabash, Indiana has been pardoned thanks to all the hard work of Kay from White Shepherd Rescue, Jimmy Lindo (new Daddy) Julie Smith, April Sheller, Wabash Animal Shelter, and all the wonderful people who donated to his transport to Ft. Lauderdale.

3 Tank, from Wabash, Indiana has been pardoned thanks to all the hard work of Kay from White Shepherd Rescue, Jimmy Lindo (new Daddy) Julie Smith, April Sheller, Wabash Animal Shelter, and all the wonderful people who donated to his transport to Ft. Lauderdale.

Teri, from Lewisburg, Tennessee has been adopted and on her way to a new life!!

4 Teri, from Lewisburg, Tennessee has been adopted and on her way to a new life!!

George, from Clarksville, Tennessee has been adopted by a very nice family. A great life lies ahead of him!

5 George, from Clarksville, Tennessee has been adopted by a very nice family. A great life lies ahead of him!

Katy, from Irving, Texas

6 Katy, from Irving, Texas

Rocky, from Romeoville, Illinois.

7 Rocky, from Romeoville, Illinois.

Overcrowding in animal shelters across America has led most public shelters to place a time limit on how long an animal has to be found by an owner, adopted, or fostered by a rescue group. That time varies from state to state but is typically somewhere between 3 and 5 days, if space at the shelter is limited. Shelters and rescue groups can post photos and information about their most urgent cases, and let the Pet Pardons users do their part. When you click the "Advocate" button on a pet’s profile, that profile appears on your wall, allowing others to see a photo and advocate as well. As the number of shares increases, so do the chances of the pet being viewed by someone who can adopt or help with donations and more advocacy.

"Advocating works," says Pet Pardons founder Chris Hoar. "This simple act is truly saving the lives of hundreds of shelter pets across the country! Many pets with only days to live are actually finding their forever homes, thanks to the Pet Pardons app. Pet Pardons users can get even further involved by clicking to foster, transport, or donate for a pet.

"Pet Pardons was founded with one goal in mind: to end euthanasia in America by 2015," he continues. "The app educates the public about the pet overpopulation, focusing on the importance of adoption and spay/neuter. By shining a light on the reality for shelter pets, people are becoming aware of the problem, and therefore, getting involved in the solution. Users are able to see [the pets'] faces, connect with their stories, and advocate to save their lives."

One special Pet Pardons success story involves Pet Pardons Director Ashley Owen Hill. Ashley posted a dog named Daisy on the app, in hopes of finding an adopter. Daisy was in a Mississippi shelter, with only one day left to live. Because of Pet Pardons, the Mahoney family saw Daisy’s photo on a friend’s Facebook wall, and made the life-saving decision to adopt her! Daisy is treasured in her new home, and the Mahoneys Advocate daily on Pet Pardons!

Thanks Ashley, Chris and all who are out there advocating for our fellow critters!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Be sure to visit Pet Pardons to help other pets in need! To add the app, click on "Pet Pardons" under "Likes"  in the left-hand column, then click "Got to App" at the top of the page.

Comments (9)

  • Hello Ms. Pia,
    I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Maddox, sire of GK, Martha's handsome chow who looks almost as handsome as me. I have been reading your posts on the Daily Wag and they are most informative. This Pet Pardons app is, as Martha would say, a good thing. I will spread the word to my friends about Pet Pardons.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thanks again for another great blog post about people who are going out of their way to do all they can to save our wonderful animals! These photos are so charming and those dogs look so happy! Since I'm not on Facebook, I can't see the information that is helping our delightful animals. I'm sure there are many people on Facebook who will help save our precious animals. Have a great day! Jan

  • Thanks Pia! You are awesome, what you do for the Animals is simply amazing!

  • I'm Amy Mahoney. Adopting Daisy has absolutely changed our lives. She is the BIGGEST blessing. Loving her has changed us in ways we didn't know we needed changing.

    Knowing what we know now, we want to help save other dogs just like our Miss Daisy. We want them to all know what if feels like to be loved and to MATTER to someone.

    Pet Pardons is the most amazing APP ever! It's literally saving lives every single day.
    It's so easy to do. It takes very little effort, yet it makes a HUGE difference in the lives of an animals that otherwise have no hope.

    Ashley and Chris are two of the most amazing people you could hope to meet. They've dedicated their lives to saving animals.

    Won't you join them?

    Dr. Pia, thank you so much for sharing about Pet Pardons on this website. Knowledge is Power!
    Amy Mahoney

  • A splendid article! I joined the FB group...I did see photos that I can barely stand to think about...My heart aches that this even exists...the blog I have also joined, what a remarkable person Ashley is...I LOVE what it says on the very bottom of her blog...God Bless her and her rescue...
    I Thank God for people that have this kind of heart, just as you my dear Dr.Pia.

  • Thanks again Dr. Pia for more great information. I just "Liked" the page on FB and shared it among my friends and family.

    Thank you Ashley for creating this.

  • I think pet pardons as well as the animal rescue sites are the voices that help these dear animals be heard. Not all people pay attention to these animals but someone with a heart hears them loud and clear. I wish there was more people out in this world who understood these pets. I think they do an awesome job and anyone who has a heart needs to become a foster or adopt one of these babies.

  • Wow! Great app -sharing on our FB page!

  • I have a beautiful 9 year old cat which I have had for 7 years. My landlord is going to evict me if I don't get rid of her. I sent her out to the Santa Maria Shelter and the sent her back with a form asking me to authorize that she be euthanized because she is too old to put up for adoption...that is stupid...many older people would love to have this gorgeous cat. She is a Javanese (?) and looks a lot like a Siamese and she has the most beautiful eyes you have ever seen....I need help...please..I can't let them kill her.

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