Pets are becoming social media managers to inspire pet lovers to adopt.

Pets are becoming social media managers to inspire pet lovers to adopt.
They're doing their part to find homes for shelter pets across America. Three years ago, I decided to adopt a cat from a shelter, and it changed my life completely.I had debated doing it for years before actually walking the two-and-a-half blocks over to my local shelter, and now I wish I hadn't waited so long. I stepped into the crowded pet viewing room and almost immediately locked eyes with not one, but two tiny tiger kittens, one gray and one orange, sitting quietly in the same cage. I couldn't believe how steadily they held my gaze, and when I asked to pick them up, one climbed up my arm and perched on my shoulder, while the other snuggled under my chin. That was it. I went into the shelter with the intention of taking home one cat — and left with two. Oh lord, what have I done? Photo via Ally Hirschlag. Today, because I was open to it, I am the proud parent of two gorgeous cat siblings named Bill and Vespa, who fill every day with joy and laughter.   Hug or chokehold? Tough call. Bill and Vespa found their family, but there are millions of other pets who are still waiting at shelters and rescue groups for theirs. And at the same time, there are an average of 29 million prospective pet parents looking to acquire a cat or dog each year. If fewer than 10% of them choose to adopt a pet, all the dogs and cats currently in shelters and rescue groups will find homes."We only need to find homes for fewer than 2 million pets each year — that's just a small fraction of the total number of pets who will be acquired in that same year," Mary Ippoliti-Smith, spokesperson for the pet rescue group Maddie's Fund®, a family foundation created to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, writes in an email. "We're almost there, and every adoption gets us closer."So how can we help reduce this number even further? Shelter pets themselves might be the answer.What if shelter pets could use social media to showcase their friends to pet-seekers and help these ama