The Woodward News

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February 18, 2014

You can now check out shelter animals online

Woodward, Okla. — The ever-growing popularity of the Internet and Facebook have made it much easier for people to research and find information regarding just about anything.

Even picking out a pet to adopt from the Woodward Animal Control Shelter.

Crystal McCarty with the animal shelter saw the opportunity Facebook presented and she created a page that allows people to see what animals are currently at the shelter.

If an animal gets lost and picked up by Animal Control, owners can browse the Facebook page to see if their pet is at the shelter. People who are in search of their next companion can also look at pictures of the animals that are currently up for adoption and possibly find their new best friend.

McCarty started the Facebook page the first week she began working as an animal control officer.

“I just wanted to find each and every animal a home,” she said.

Understanding the difficulties that are present working at a shelter that euthanizes, she wants to do everything she can to help the animals.

She explains that she is “...trying to give each of them a voice, each of them a chance.”

Clearly the Facebook page has helped. In 2012 the shelter found homes for 285 of their dogs. In 2013 that number rose to 394 dogs - a 138 percent increase.

While there are no definite figures that specifically show the increase being attributed to the Facebook page, it appears obvious that social media has made a difference.

Slab Crisswell, an animal control officer since 1995, feels that the page has made a positive effect.

“It's working great,” he said.

The ease of access through the Facebook page allows people to look at the animals as well as ask any questions they may have.

The Facebook page can be accessed at www.facebook.com/woodwardanimalcontrol or by searching for “Woodward Animal Control” on Facebook.

You can also contact the Woodward Animal Control at (580) 254-8549. They are located at 2420 Western Avenue and the hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with animal visitation daily from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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