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A happy outcome thanks to Facebook group page

Cain

CADIZ — Today is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, and dog pounds in Ohio, like Harrison County Dog Pound Volunteers, rely heavily on their Facebook group page to help countless dogs find safe homes.

During the past seven years on Facebook, dogs have been connected with new owners more and more with the help of the social media platform.

With more than 10,000 group followers, the dog pound volunteers are connecting more dogs with the community of Cadiz than ever before.

One dog’s life in particular has changed dramatically because of the group page.

A dog named Cain was found on the side of the road at 1:30 a.m. in Carroll County in October 2020. “He had a rusted chain with heavy crimpers attached embedded so deeply in his neck that part of the chain was no longer visible,” explained Cindi Yanez, rescue coordinator at the pound. The person contacted Yanez through Facebook Messenger who could not refuse to help. “Cain spent two weeks in the hospital and then joined his foster-to-adopt family in the Pittsburgh area who had seen his post on Facebook.”

After posting Cain’s dramatic story and showing pictures of how bad his wounds were, people as far away as Utah offered to pitch in toward a reward for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible. The Harrison County Dog Pound Volunteers page raised $1,500 and added another $1,000 toward the cause.

Another $6,000 was additionally raised for Cain’s care, with donations coming from as far away as California. With the spread of information, the previous owners of Cain were found guilty of abuse, and Cain’s adoption was finalized to a loving family.

“Had it not been for Facebook, Cain would never have survived on the side of that road to get his happy adoption story,” Yanez said.

Like Cain, the group page is filled with dogs waiting to be adopted into a welcoming home.

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