For 10 years, Pedigree has been committed to helping pet shelters with its “Agir pour l’adoption” program. In addition to its Feeding Project, the brand uses its position as an advertiser to support adoption. In France alone, nearly 100,000 pets are abandoned every year. Pedigree wanted to give shelter dogs the best possible chance of finally finding a family by exclusively addressing those who could potentially adopt them.
On Instagram, dogs have become more than just pets. Some have become actual stars, with their own accounts and thousands of fans who follow them religiously. This is unfortunately not the case for shelter dog, however. As such, Pedigree came up with an unprecedented operation: Dogs for Dogs. How does it work? Instagram dogs lend their accounts to dogs waiting to be adopted.
French people spend an average of 92 hours a year on Instagram. That’s nearly 15 minutes a day liking all sorts of influencers — among them are dog profiles, which do nothing but share their everyday lives as dogs. These accounts have the attention of tens of thousands of people potentially sympathetic to the cause of adoption. But if so many people can love a dog, why couldn’t they love a dog of the same breed, but who’s been abandoned? This is how Dogs for Dogs was born. The operation was designed purely for social media, inviting the dogs most followed on Instagram to lend their accounts, and consequently their fame, to dogs who need it much more. The profiles could be consulted on agirpourladoption.fr via a simple link in the Instagram influencer’s bio or story.
The campaign took place in March 2018. Over the period of a day, the most influential French dogs on Instagram lent their accounts to dogs of the same breed awaiting adoption. Among them, @bibi_charly (35,000 followers), @blogofbruce (29,000 followers) or @lewisfunnydog_westie (38,000 followers) from MyPetAgency. Their followers then liked their profiles and content as usual. This time, however, users could consult via a simple link, generating dozens and dozens of adoption requests.
In the end, the campaign was extended to shelters all over France. Traffic to agirpouladoption.fr increased by 62 percent, and 70 percent of the dogs were adopted — all with no media spending. Above all, for the first time, dogs were supporting the cause of other dogs and doing so thanks to Instagram.