Connecting neighbors — and dogs! — online

Not everyone in Potrero is online regularly. Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re online at least some of the time, and you may be a member of the Potrero Neighbors Yahoo group, which has been around since 2004. Newer to the neighborhood is Nextdoor Potrero. This site works a bit more like a message board and has information about members — your neighbors — such as where they live.

There’s some cross-posting on the two sites, but they each have a slightly different focus. On Nextdoor Potrero you can create events and subgroups, as well as posting your photo. And it has subareas for subjects like recommendations, crime and safety, and buying and selling items.

One of the best things that’s happened on Nextdoor Potrero, though, is neighbors helping one another in a more direct way. Recently, at least two lost dogs have been reunited with their owners. I was amazed at the speed with which one of these reunions happened last night. Around 8:00 PM, a neighbor posted this message: “I found a Brussells griffon little unnuetered dog — please call me ASAP” (this was followed by her phone number). I was impressed that this person knew the breed!

Just a couple hours later, someone who hadn’t seen this message posted one titled “Doggy missing! Please Help!” She was posting for a neighbor not on Nextdoor Potrero whose small Brussels Griffon had gone missing.

A couple of us remembered the earlier post and alerted this neighbor about it — with the result that very soon after, the dog and human were reunited.

So for those who haven’t yet joined, I encourage you to sign up for Nextdoor Potrero. See if one of your neighbors is in that group and can invite you (this site works by neighbors inviting one another) — or you can contact me directly and I’ll be glad to invite you.

This was just one small example of how we can all help one another and feel like more of a community. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of that as Nextdoor Potrero grows!

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