We are trying to get Facebook to restore the Arab Al Animals group. ... Arab Al Animals, a local Facebook group to help stray animals in the community find responsible homes, to help reunite owners with their lost pets, to help local owners rehome animals they can no longer care for and to help our local animal shelter residents find loving responsible homes was permanently deleted by Facebook on October **, ****. Facebook stated it violates their community standards. However, the alleged violations were not outlined. Local animal advocate Karen McIntyre has worked tirelessly for years to help the animals in Arab, AL and the surrounding communities. Karen, along with a few dedicated administrators have championed the page to ensure that animals were not sold or flipped and that requested donations were legitimate. Members were allowed to ask for a small rehoming fee of no more than $** unless they were a certified ***c* rescue. However, most people did not request money, only responsible loving homes for the animals. The admins strongly suggested members ask for vet references to ensure responsible pet ownership. Any posts that did not follow the posted rules regarding NOT selling animals were removed as soon as an admin saw it. Any posts that were reported were removed if they did not adhere to the purpose of the page. It was clearly stated in the pinned post that this was NOT a group to sell animals and in the recent past, member requests required an affirmative answer to not sell animals or ask for a rehoming fee over $** and their intent of free or a fee must be clearly stated in their post. If a member request did not answer this question in agreement with this mission or chose to not answer the question, their request to join was declined. Additionally, if the required information was not included with a post, the post was removed, as the admins and majority of the members are adamant about championing for the welfare of the animals of our community. As stated in the appeals to Facebook, if the fee is the problem, the admins will gladly remove it as the purpose of the page is to reunite families with their lost animals or bring needy animals to loving families and provide resources for animals. Admins cannot correct issues that are not known. *Over the years, this page has become a critical tool for finding lost animals and placing stray and sick or injured animals in responsible homes in the community or with legitimate rescues. We have a community of people who have transported, fostered or adopted animals for rescues and*or donated money to injured or sick animals in the community, be they strays or owners who could not afford veterinarian care. Karen McIntyre has garnered the support of local veterinarians and city officials through the legitimacy of this group. *Deletion of this page has greatly crippled our community’s ability to help our animals. The lost animal posts and animals needing homes posts are shared throughout the communities in North Alabama. This has resulted in many animals being reunited with their owners and stray, sick or injured animals receiving the care and*or homes they so desperately need. Local ***c* groups notify our members of low cost spay and neuter opportunities. This is a much needed resource to help with the decline of so many homeless animals. Our members have been able to get advice and resources on training and vetting their animals from the many knowledgeable members within the group. This advice has helped animals that may have been abandoned or turned into shelters remain in their homes. This is a win for all involved. *While Facebook did not expound on what community standards were violated. The admins sent several pleas for appeal and agreed to remove the rehoming fee if that was the violation. There has been no response to the appeals. *Please help get the Arab Al Animals group restored by signing the petition. We believe the deletion was unjust and negatively impacts the people and animals in our community. We believe Facebook’s algorithm is faulty at best and detrimental to the welfare of our citizens and animals. Our members rely on this group to help locate their lost family members, find homes and*or vetting for strays, be notified of low cost spay and neuter programs and discuss solutions for personal or stray animals.
Facebook has crippled the community by deleting this group. This group reunites lost pets with their families, provides information and resources for low cost spay and neuter, helps stray, injured or unwanted pets find responsible homes and get needed vetting.
We want Facebook to restore the group Arab AL Animals and tell us what we need to do to comply with their community standards.
The group has been in exsistence for over * years and has reunited families with lost pets, found homes for unwanted animals, and vetted injured or sick animals. The community relies on this group for most domestic animal issues.
We have appealed to Facebook twice with zero response.