Help Shelter Pets With Petfinder’s “Adopt the Internet Day!”

Adopt-internet-day_logo In honor of Petfinder's 15th birthday, Animal Planet, The Daily Treat and Petfinder is asking people everywhere to pledge to spread the word online about adoptable pets on March 15, 2011!

What You Can Do

1. Add a Petfinder badge to your Web site or Facebook page to show your support.

2. Take Petfinder's pledge that you will tell one person about pet adoption on March 15. By pledging, you'll enter for a chance to win one of 10 Pet Hair Eraser® Vacuums from BISSELL.

3. Caption a Petfinder adoptable-pet photo on ICanHasCheezburger! The photos with the best captions will be featured on the homepage on March 15.

Happy-max-Petfinder 4. On March 15, donate your Facebook status and photo to an adoptable Petfinder pet. Simply replace your photo with one from the Adopt-the-Internet All-Stars gallery and post one of these messages:

Message One:  More than 320,000 pets are waiting for homes on Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet today and find forever homes for as many as possible!

Message Two: I adopted my pet from Petfinder and now I want to help get this pet adopted! If you want to help pets in need of forever homes, please repost this!

5. On March 15, share an adoptable Petfinder pet on Twitter with the hashtag #adopttheinternet.

6. Add a link to your blog, Facebook or Twitter post to

No amount of support is too small  — spread the word!

Adopting a Pet This Holiday? Think Petfinder First!

CA880.17864164-1-x Petfinder: The virtual home of 344,945 adoptable pets from 13,573 adoption groups

If you or someone you know are considering bringing a pet home this holiday seasons, PLEASE think adoption first!  There are thousands of rescue groups for every dog breed around the nation and (and the free Petfinder iPhone App) is an incredible resource and makes finding the perfect pet for your family fun and easy.

Around this time of year I get many inquiries about "..where can i find this breed of dog or that kind of cat…?" My answer? Log on to! is a virtual home hundreds of amazing cats and dogs looking for their forever homes. Searching for a specific dog breed or cat breed? No problem – Petfinder can connect you with hundreds of purebred dogs via dog breed rescue groups and animal shelters.

Learn About What to Consider Before You Adopt

Better yet, Petfinder is an incredible resource for educating yourself on how to adopt the right dog, cat or other pet, plus what to expect from the adoption process. 

Visit today and help a homeless pet find their forever home, like darling Chaco the Boston Terrier – (above). What a cutie! 

To download the Petfinder App, download it for free at the iTunes Store.  

WATCH: Funny Holi-dog Celebration Video Has Great Message

Best Friends Animal Society Holidog Video With a focused mission on creating a world where there are No More Homeless Pets, the creative and caring folks at The Best Friends Animal Society created this darling Holi-dog Holiday Celebration video (below)! Watch adorable dogs (…and cats- see if you can spot the kitty cameo) decorate cookies, create crafty snowflake cut-outs and get ready to celebrate the holidays in style!

Spreading good cheer, this endearingly goofy little video has a great message: Think Adoption this holiday and make a holiday wish come true for a homeless dog or cat.

What is Best Friends Animal Society?

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The core of  Best Friends' work is the dream that one day  animals will no longer be destroyed because they are unwanted or imperfect. Well said!

Working to make spaying and neutering a rule for all pets, the society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation. For more information visit:

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

What We’re Loving: Personalized Pet Book Helps Shelter Pets

IMG_0758 Buy the Book – 100% of Proceeds Help Shelter Pets!

Following her passion as a lover of kids and animals, Jan Krystkowiak wondered how she could combine literacy, kids and pets – and found her answer with – personalized pet books that allow you to integrate your dog or cat’s breed, name and photo into the story! Jan came up with the idea after reading studies on personalization which indicated that reading and vocabulary improve substantially when children read materials with their name embedded in them. 

A supercharged go-getter with five kids and three dogs, Jan more than holds down the domestic fort while her husband, New Jersey Nets assistant NBA coach Larry Krystkowiak, is away. In fact, in January 2010, shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, Jan Krystkowiak and friends shipped 20,000 pounds of clothes, teddy bears, soccer balls and other goods to the devastated country and then traveled to Haiti where they spent 10 days helping out where they could.

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Paying it Forward: 100% of Proceeds to Benefit!

Starting now and through the holidays, in honor of adopt a shelter pet month and in the spirit of giving back, Jan and Where in the World Books is going to give 100% of all proceeds from her books to our friends at Foundation –  the virtual home of 352,660 adoptable pets from 13,583 adoption groups.

Knowing how much my 4 year old nephew, Colton, loves his Yellow Lab, Zoe, I ordered a personalized book from Where in the World books and now have a darling book featuring not only my nephew’s name throughout the book, but also his furry pal Zoe!  It even features a spot in the front of the book where I was able to write a personalized dedication and upload a photo of Zoe.

Why not personalize your own book for friends or family and help shelter pets at the same time! Available in both English and Spanish, there are 25 dog breeds and six cat breeds to choose from. Better yet, you can enter in the Promo Code: TAILS at checkout for an additional 10% off your entire order. Don't forget, the holidays are right around the corner!

Learn more at


Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Top 10 Reasons Why Senior Pets Rule

Petfinder Jack Russel Terrier Lila November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month!

If you've ever had the pleasure of sharing your life with a senior dog, you know what mellow, loving, happy-go-lucky, undemanding dogs they can be. Having shared my life with numerous senior doggies over the years, those fuzzy, grey-faced boos hold a special place in my heart.

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, and we, along with our friends at, are challenging everyone to spread the word! If you know someone who's thinking of adopting — or if you're considering adding a new furry family member yourself — please read on and share this list! To learn more about Lila, (right) the darling Jack Russell Terrier up for adoption, check out her page on

Top Ten Reasons  to Adopt a Senior Pet

1. Housetrained: Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

2. Won't chew inappropriate items: Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

3. Focus to learn: Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Know what "no" means: Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.

5. Settle in with The Pack: Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Good at giving love: Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.

7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Instant companions: Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do. 

9. Time for yourself: Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

10. A good night's sleep:  Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

How You Can Help Spread the Word About Senior Pets

It's easy – here are a few ideas. Let us know in the comments below if we forgot any tips!

  • E-mail this post to a friend who wants a new pet
  • Promote one senior pet on Facebook or Twitter every day this month. (On Twitter, add the hashtag #PFseniorpets.)
  • Add a Petfinder senior-pet search widget to your Web site or blog.
  • Post a photo of your senior pet (and share why he or she rules) on the Petfinder Facebook wall.

Learn more about care for your Senior Pet at Portions of this story reprinted courtesy of our friends at

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

What We’re Loving: The Petfinder iPhone App


Petfinder iPhone App Makes Finding the Perfect Shelter Pet Even Easier

If you've watched any of your favorite shows recently, you've undoubtedly seen the darling new TV Commercial for the iPhone that features the new Petfinder App! The spot starts out with a female narrator stating "We've been wanting a dog for a while — so we searched local shelters …" and then commercial depicts how new pet parent uses her iPhone's Petfinder App to adopt her new pup. 

Logging nearly 16,000 downloads in one day, and the Petfinder iPhone app is now #1 in the free lifestyle apps category and #49 among all free apps! Importantly all of these downloads mean more people are looking at more adoptable pets, and that means more pets will be adopted. Good on ya' Apple for choosing to promote the Petfinder App and to everyone who downloaded it. 

To download the Petfinder App, download it for free at the iTunes Store. If you don't have an iPhone, visit