I suppose that title should read, “my particular problem with Facebook.” There are certainly multiple problems… the one I run into is that I feel there’s more I should do but can’t.
I have many friends on Facebook who are dog people – pet owners, trainers, serious competitors. I also follow several rescue groups, and have many friends involved with rescue.
The problem is the multitude of lost dogs, injured dogs, dogs on death row, dogs needing foster homes, dogs in shelters… many of them, every day. Plenty of happy endings too, stories of dogs reunited with their families, dogs who find new families, dogs for whom money has been raised for their medical problems.
I find myself avoiding Facebook at times, because I can’t deal with seeing more pictures of abused animals. I don’t have the space or time or financial resources to adopt more dogs, or even to foster one… it wouldn’t be fair to my four, who don’t get enough of my time as it is.
I feel guilty, as if I have a responsibility to help these dogs, even when I know I can’t. I give financial support to certain rescues when I can, and I’ve done short-term fosters in the past. More than half the dogs in my life have been rescues… but it’s never enough.
I get to see all sorts of wonderful pictures of friends’ dogs, stay connected with dog people I haven’t seen in a long time, and see all those happy endings. Facebook allows me to easily stay in touch with Seelie’s and Merlin’s foster moms, let them see pictures and updates on how these guys are doing. There are times, though, when the negatives seem to outweigh the positives, and I find myself staying away from the site more and more, just scanning it quickly because I know there are stories in my newsfeed I really don’t want to see.