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Dear Heloise: I am on one of the popular social-media sites, and I also am a huge animal lover and animal-adoption advocate. Lots of volunteers go into the shelters and photograph the dogs and cats (and other animals, like rabbits) that are available for adoption, and post the pictures so that they have a better chance of being adopted.

What if the volunteers made videos instead of still pictures? You'd be able to see the animal's mannerisms, size, activity level, temperament, etc. Take the animal outside, away from the cold bars and the noise of the shelter, and shoot a short video (about a minute is enough) and post it on social media.

Let's empty out the shelters and put these loving animals in great homes!

Elizabeth in San Antonio

Dear Heloise: I have a number of hints that I've never seen in my local paper:

• When a clothing item is worn out, cut off the buttons and give them to sewing groups.

• Buy platters at resale shops and use them to bring desserts to home events and tell the host to keep the plate.

• When driving, if an animal is crossing the street, briefly honk. This makes the animal run and get across.

Tom Wilborn, Highland, Ind.

Dear Heloise: Don't throw away the rugs from those bathroom sets. When the rubber on the back of it peels off, use it for a cover on top of your washer and dryer. It will protect them from getting scratched.

When it gets dirty, just toss it in the washer. They are thick and last for a long time.

Edith Barber, Clearfield, Pa.

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