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Before circumstance and timing led me down a different path, I looked for my second pup at Petfinder.com and I wanted to share my experience for those considering adopting/rescuing a pet.
There are plenty of misconceptions about adoption but there is one very real issue with adoption/rescue and it has nothing to do with the pets or shelters. Every person and every situation is different. Some people live in buildings with weight restrictions and some people live in cities with breed restrictions. Yes, both restrictions are silly, but they still impact what kind of dog a person can get. Similarly, some people want an active hiking companion, while others are looking for a low energy pal.
If you look to adopt from a particular shelter, you might not find a four-legged buddy with the matching personality/energy level you’re looking for. Enter Petfinder.com. One single search sifts through 300,000+ adoptable pets from 13,000+ adoption groups!
Instead of going to one shetler, Petfinder brings thousands of shelters right to your computer, tablet or phone
No matter what kind of pet you’re looking for (cats, dogs, horses, scaley things, they have it all) Petfinder allows you to input your exact search criteria.
With the highly-customizable search function it was easy for me to do a catch-all search for young, female Ridgebacks
What I like about the search function is the gradient response. If your search doesn’t return any exact results, it will return varying partial hits. At the time of my search there were no female Ridgebacks under nine months old, so I was presented with juvenile/adult Ridgebacks along with younger Ridgeback mixes. One girl in particular really caught my eye.
I’m from NJ, so between her name, her photo and her story I was head over heels for this girl. But I wasn’t the only one, she was adopted within 72 hours of when I first saw her
What I particularly love about Petfinder are all the options you have. If you don’t find a pet in your first few searches you can set up search alerts. Interested in a specific breed? Petfinder also provides direct links to thousands of rescue organizations like RidgebackRescue.org.
To get involved, you don’t even have to go to Petfinder. Petfinder comes right to you on Facebook and Twitter with adoption updates/tips you can pass along. The power of technology to crowdsource adoption efforts is truly incredible.
Petfinder has some of the best developers in the biz
With over 150,000 monthly adoptions, Petfinder.com is an amazing, customizable resource for finding the perfect addition to your family. Be sure to check out the site and Facebook/Twitter for more info!
Found all three of our dogs (in our adult lifetime) on Petfinder. Awesome way to find animals that need loving homes. Also, if you are into a certain breed, check your areas for breed rescues! (or check your local breed organization, as they sometimes will have or know about organizations who have pure breds available for adoption!
We LOVE LOVE LOVE Petfinder (and many peeps in our family have adopted pets they found there). We have their widget on BOTH of our blogs!
This is such a great post, Will. We’ll definitely be using Petfinder for our next little one. And hey – we’re Jersey girls too (and Jersey guy, of course!), nice to meet an ex-Jerseyan…Jerseyite? 🙂
Great information. Whee have some similar sites for small pets here in the UK!
Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
Pet finder is a great place to find pets. Thanks for this post.
There are so many great ways to find a pet. Mom is a right now kind of girl, so if she wants a cat, she heads to the humane society and gets one, no time to monkey around online. With me, she had to wait and that about killed her. Bailie was last minute. PetFinder is great, though, and I know a lot of people use it to find the perfect pet.
I’m a huge fan of PetFinder and wish more local rescues used it. It’s how we found Alma!
I found my cutie on Petfinder 12 years ago! She is the best decision I ever made (besides my husband!) and so glad I was smitten by her picture online.
yes indeed, there are so many paw babies out there that need a forever home.
Love that Will ! I guess we’ve always just fallen in Love with our local fella’s and then other pets ‘found’ us. I’m so appreciative to the people who are involved in rescuing these little souls so that someone will know their love and they can be part of a family and home. So many in need, it’s a tremendous effort.