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Local College Student Saves Animals Through Facebook

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When classes end for the day, Rutgers-Camden junior Marissa Ionno heads for her home in Laurel Springs, New Jersey.

She spends a few minutes playing with her dogs, a Maltese-Bijon mix named Nicco and a Pit Bull- Carmella.

Then it's down to work at her computer.

You see, there are other- less fortunate- animals to be saved- rescue and shelter dogs and cats from all over the country, slated to be put down unless a new parent can be found.

Enter Facebook- specifically, Marissa's new page- The Tails Network.

"Since I'm on Facebook all day long- I know a lot of other people are on Facebook all day long, it's a good way to get things seen quick and things done quick," Marissa said.

Most shelter animals are seen by just a handful of would-be owners each day.

But with the Tails Network, Marissa posts and shares pictures from lots of shelters with more than 2,700 followers, and they can share the photos with their friends.

"If we don't look," she says, "nothing gets done. So I want the page to be about looking- having people realize that this is happening- thousands of dogs and cats are being put down every day!"

Already, Marissa's site has saved three dogs from "death row," including "Brownie," one of two pooches sitting in a Georgia shelter, who, thanks to the Tails Network, was spotted by a woman in Canada!

"Took some time to arrange transport," says Marissa, "but those dogs are now happy in their forever home, and they were urgent dogs- meaning they only had a couple of days left."

Marissa wants to be a medical specialist someday, and run a high quality animal shelter of her own.

For now, she's using social media to connect animal lovers, with the pets who so desperately need them.

"They are appreciative" she says.  They know that you saved their life. I really believe that."

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