Pet lovers, how and where did you meet your beloved pets? Petfinder celebrates its 20th anniversary!
Pets are a special part of our family. Chance came into my life almost fourteen years ago. He was only six weeks old when I brought him home. I remember the day I met him. He was the “runt” of the litter and the only fluff ball in a litter of very sleek black labs. He was so fluffy and shaggy, and the cutest little puppy I had ever seen! His mom was a young dog and it was her first litter. She weaned her puppies early. Chance quickly became my precious canine baby, and faithful companion.
I think about how lucky I was that a friend’s dog had a litter of puppies, and that Chance happened to be one of those puppies.
I often wonder how and where people meet their pets. I recently learned that Petfinder has helped pets find their forever homes.
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.
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 benefitting 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.
Petfinder 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.
Petfinder helps people find their perfect match
This Petfinder video melts my heart.
WHEN YOU ADOPT A PET…
You Save Two Lives.
You save both the pet you adopt, and the pet the shelter can take in as a result of your adoption.
You Know What You’re Getting.
Many pet shelters and rescue groups provide behavioral assessments on adoptable dogs, and veterinarian checks on all adoptable pets.
You Can Find Your Perfect Pet.
Each year, 6-8 million dogs and cats across North America enter shelters, in addition to countless other species. You can find nearly 300,000 adoptable pets on Petfinder at any given time.
You Save Money.
Shelters and rescue groups usually cover initial veterinary costs, including:
- Distemper vaccination
- Rabies vaccination
- Heartworm test
- Flea/tick Treatment
Petfinder has helped over 25 million pets find homes over the last 20 years. How incredible is that?
Disclosure – This post was written in collaboration with Purina Canada as part of the #PurinaPetPeople ambassador program. All thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.