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Increase in animal lovers creating social media accounts for their pets

Although a lot of people complain about Facebook, I don’t know what I’d do without the infamous social networking web site. It lets me connect with busy friends, keep up with family across the world, and stay up-to-date on my dog sport pals’ latest accomplishments. Both of my pups even have their own Facebook profiles, which I use to tag them in photos and post tongue-in-cheek updates about eating Kongs and traveling to agility class.

While pet profiles aren’t technically allowed, I figure, if my friends’ babies can have profiles, why can’t my dogs. After all, they are my children! However, my pups’ online jaunts may soon come to an end. Now that Facebook is publicly traded, the company is cracking down on millions of non-human accounts.

Nonetheless, a study by pet insurer Petplan found that seven percent of British dog people set up a Facebook page for their pups, a 36 percent increase from last year.

The ban doesn’t mean that Facebook is not animal friendly. People can set up pet pages in the form of a fan page, which is what Mark Zuckerberg set up for his Puli, Beast, who is “liked” by over one million Facebook users.

If you want to be proactive about your pets’ profiles, Facebook has instructions on how to convert them to a fan page.

Does your pup have a social media account?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Screenshot of Beast's Facebook page.

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Submitted by Anonymous | October 5 2012 |

I just created one for her last week, when she made her on-screen debut :) http://www.facebook.com/AnubisTheBarklessDog

Submitted by Suzy | October 7 2012 |

Ha! I can think of at least ten Facebook pages that are owned/maintained by rescued dogs. And of those, three or four are working therapy dogs. I think it actually serves the dog (!) better to run their page as a business (or fan page)as opposed to a personal page, because it allows people to "like" you, without requesting friendship.

But overall I love Facebook, especially considering the HUGE difference it's made in the lives of rescue groups and shelters. I wonder how many at-risk pets found their loving homes because their owners found them on Facebook -- and at the last minute, at that? We love showcasing some of them: www.charliedogandfriends.com.

Submitted by TuggerTails | October 8 2012 |

TuggerTails here and YES, I have my own Facebook page. Mom got me an iPaw and we set-up my page a little over two months ago. I'm almost up to 4000 TuggerTroopie fans and I blog daily about my TuggerTails Adventures. Come on over to TuggerTowneTexas and hit me with a Like!https://www.facebook.com/TuggerTowne?ref=tn_tnmn

Submitted by Pet-r-us | October 8 2012 |

lolol never though about that lol putting their pet on fb hehehe thats a crazy idea and i love it!

Submitted by Anonymous | April 28 2013 |

The ban doesn’t mean that Facebook is not animal friendly.

Glyn Willmoth

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