In today's blog post I'd like to talk a little about the importance of sharing the plight of equines (and other animals) in need / at risk on social media.
If you're reading this you may know that Eggsy was abandoned and left to starve and that his rehabilitation and every day costs have been funded by donations to his GoFundMe. But do you know how most of the people who have made donations found out about Eggsy's plight? Via social media, in our case Twitter.
(You can find Eggsy on Twitter @ )
When people found out that Eggsy had been abandoned and needed help lots of them retweeted (shared) his tweets (posts) so that more and more folk learned that he was an equine in need. If people had not shared Eggsy's story it's doubtful that he would have had any donations at all!
It's not just Eggsy who has been saved with the help of social media shares, the horse below, number 17, was retweeted constantly over the Christmas period. He was saved from possible slaughter.
As was this ex-racehorse L'Animaux. His appearance on Facebook led to the offer of a rescue place and funds raised to purchase him from a kill buyer.
Retweets on Twitter raised enough money to finance the removal of an orphan foal Pickles from a Welsh common where she was likely to perish.
And it goes on. Hundreds and hundreds of animals have benefitted from their stories being shared on social media without those shares / retweets many of them would now be dead.
So what I'm trying to say here is if an animal in need pops up in your social media feed, be it Facebook, Twitter or any other please share / retweet it with your followers. Even if you are unable to do anything to aid the animal yourself by getting it's story out there you are helping it.
Because someone, somewhere might see the story and be able to help!
Finally if you're still in doubt about the importance of sharing / retweeting on social media look at this picture.
When the photograph of an abused foal hit social media it was shared / retweeted thousands of times leading to the eventual removal of horses from the Esholt travelers site. Something that people had been campaigning for, and getting nowhere with, for years.
So please never under estimate the importance of sharing animals in need on your social media.
Would you like to help Eggsy?
Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.