If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I am a proud pet parent to a 3 1/2 year old Maltese named Cooper. We were lucky enough to adopt him from my Dad. He got Cooper when he was spending a lot of time at home. Then he changed jobs and so did his girlfriend. They loved Cooper but he was spending most of every day at home alone. It wasn’t good for him. Then we came to visit and the rest is history.
Cooper immigrated to Canada and found his happy fur-ever home with us. I can’t imagine life without him! Thankfully, Petfinder is there to help people who don’t have a personal connection to find pet adoptions that are right for them.
Petfinder.com is a database of hundreds of thousands of adoptable pets, from more than 13,000 shelters and rescue groups throughout North America, with over 600 active groups in Canada. More than 25 million pets across North America have found their forever home on Petfinder since the organization was established in 1996 – that’s an average of 1.2 million pets per year. Petfinder joined the Purina family in 2013.
Wow…let that sink in for a minute. 25 MILLION pets. That is huge.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Petfinder asked pet parents, pet lovers and pet advocates to join the celebration and its effort to donate $200,000 benefiting 20 shelter and rescue members.
To make this donation possible, Petfinder asked animal lovers to help generate one million views of its #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video, which shows how adoptable pets have transformed the lives of their adopters. The video has already surpassed this goal with more than 1.5 million views to date! Check out the video here:
Adopting with Petfinder makes sense!
Petfinder also encourages more people to consider adoption when adding a pet to their family. By removing barriers within the adoption process, Petfinder’s goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting people with adoptable pets. Here are some perks to adopting from a shelter:
- adopting your pet saves lives…both the life of the pet you adopt PLUS the pet that the shelter can house in your pet’s place.
- many pet shelters and rescue groups provide behavioral assessments on adoptable dogs, and veterinarian checks on all adoptable pets.
- you save money since shelters and rescue groups usually cover initial veterinary costs.
- there are nearly 300,000 pets in the Petfinder system at any given time so you can find the perfect pet for your family.
Do you have pets? Do you have an pet adoption story to share! We’d love to hear it!
Disclosure: I am sharing information on Petfinder.com as part of the Purina Pet People Ambassador Program. As always, all opinions are my own.