Thursday, August 18, 2016

The tale of a little red dog and how my Altadena and north Pasadena neighbors used our local networking service to rescue him.

This is an amazing story about how social media in my Altadena neighborhood* rescued a frightened little red dog running for his life: One person to report the sighting and more than 95 comments over a period of 48 hours from neighbors living within a one mile of each other to eventually locate, capture, get and pay for medical care, and foster home the dog.

Captured, cared-for and soon to be adopted!
It does indeed take a village.

The string of comments aren't life-changing, but for this little red dog, they changed his life.

*I live in Altadena, a small town in one of the biggest cities in the world - Los Angeles, California.  Altadena - population 40,000 - is just north of Pasadena. On the northern border are the rugged San Gabriel Mountains. We're connected through Nextdoor, a neighborhood social networking service that  allows users to connect with people who live in their neighborhood and nearby neighborhoods. 


  1. Thanks for the post. Nextdoor is an awesome site and thankfully by all working together we were able to get this adorable little guy!

  2. Thank you. It was heart-filling to watch this unfold.

  3. A precious little glad to hear he was rescued!!!!!!

  4. What a wonderful site for neighborhoods to have and use. I live in an area with lots of woods and houses, so when a pet goes lost, that would be nice to have.


  5. Your link only works for people who are in your neighborhood and registered with the site. In that way, your name and address is only visible to your nearest neighbors. I'm in a Next Door network for my specific Pasadena neighborhood.