Take 5 minutes, save 5 animals

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Take 5 minutes, save 5 animals


The Humane League has discovered yet another way to engage in onlineadvocacy.  The process is simple: You go to Take5Save5.com, which chooses a random Craigslist page for you, and post an ad stating that you have a free vegetarian starter kit to send it out to anybody who responds with their mailing address.  Any addresses you receive are plugged into the form at Vegstarterpack.com.  They do the rest.

Ads with cute pictures get more results!

Posting an ad on Craigslist is free and relatively painless–you have to register, but just once.  In fact, 5 minutes is a bit of an exaggeration: with the exception of the registration process, it takes about half a minute to post an ad.   Attach a cute farm animal photo (ads with pictures tend to get more attention than those that don’t) and hit “submit”.  The whole process is remarkably easy, and survey results indicate that it works.

Okay, so you may be curious as to what my experience with Take5save5 has been like.  I’ve already told you that it’s exactly as easy as they claim, but is it actually successful?  Over the past couple of weeks or so, I’ve posted a total of 10 ads.  I did them one at time–anything else and you run the risk of spamming Craigslist, which will result in your ads being flagged and removed.   Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, however, you might get flagged: I found that it happened pretty frequently, despite the fact that Take5Save5 says it won’t.  It’s a minor irritation, though, considering the fact that it only takes thirty seconds to post a new ad anyway.

Anyway, I posted 10 ads and got 21 responses.   While some of those ads ended up being flagged, it usually didn’t happen until at least a couple of people had already contacted me!  For maybe a minute of work a few times a week, I’d say that’s more than worth it.  I’m definitely going to keep it up.

Has anybody else used Take5save5?  What was your experience?



January 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

Well, I posted to two different cities this morning (with slightly different messages) and both have since been flagged and removed. I did manage to get one request though, and I also said that people could go to “the VegStarterPack website” (without including the URL)… so I can hope other people did that.

The one extremely obnoxious thing I ran into was someone (who had obviously flagged me) had put an ad for a “Free Meat Eaters Starter Pack”. I flagged their post myself but are people really that offended by someone offering materials that they need to create an ad in response? Oh well…


January 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hey Lauren! Thanks for your comment–it’s great that you tried take5save5.

When you get flagged like that, you can just go back to the Take5 website and ask for another random Craigslist page. There’s no reason to keep struggling with the same one, particularly if you’re already aware that there are people in that area looking to annoy. (Plus, you’re more likely to get flagged if you keep reposting in the same spot.) If it helps, here’s everything I put in my ad:

“I have a free Vegetarian Starter Pack to send you – it has recipes, nutrition and health information, product tips, and a lot more. Just email me your mailing address and I’ll put it in the mail for you.”

Plus the cute photo.

I would recommend that you leave the mention of the VegStarterPack website out of the ad, since that’s what take5save5 suggests. Good luck!

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