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Petfinder launches 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by SusanStokes on August 30, 2016

Petfinder is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, and they are asking people across the country to join the celebration and its effort to donate $200,000 to the Petfinder Foundation, who will award grants to 20 shelter and rescue members!

According to Petfinder’s recent press release, more than 25 million pets and millions of pet parents can claim that they #MetOnPetfinder since the organization was established in 1996 – that's an average of 1.2 million pets per year that have found their forever homes via Petfinder.

Here’s how to make your donation: Watch Petfinder’s #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video, which shows how adoptable pets have transformed the lives of their adopters. The goal is to generate one million views by Oct. 24, 2016. When the video has been viewed one million times, 20 selected Petfinder shelter members will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help continue to transform the lives of the pets in their care. As part of the celebration, Petfinder families, advocates, members and fans are also encouraged to share their Petfinder adoption stories on social media by using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder. 

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Celebrity animal adoption advocates Jamie Chung and Tony La Russa have partnered with Petfinder to emphasize the importance of considering adoption first, and to encourage animal lovers nationwide to watch the #MetOnPetfinder video to help 20 animal welfare organizations receive impactful funding.

Award-winning actress Jamie Chung had this to say in the recent press release:

"I'm proud to team up with Petfinder and celebrate the lifelong happiness they've created for millions of families and the pets they've adopted. I hope that more people consider adopting when adding a pet to their family. My dog, Ewok, is adopted and he's been the best addition to my family."  

Over the past 20 years, Petfinder has harnessed the power of the internet to help facilitate more than 25 million pet adoptions through its extensive network of more than 13,000 shelter and rescue organizations. At any given time, there are more than 250,000 adoptable pets featured on Petfinder.

Tony La Russa, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame manager and co-founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, CA also had this to say: 

"My family and I have adopted and fostered more pets through the years than I can count.  I strongly support Petfinder's goal to find forever homes for adoptable pets and to encourage more people to consider pet adoption. By simply watching the #MetOnPetfinder celebration video, you can help Petfinder continue to support shelters and rescues that care for adoptable pets around the country."

Petfinder was founded in 1996 by Betsy Banks Saul and Jared Saul, who started a website to help save lives of adoptable pets by connecting people to various animal shelters across New Jersey. Petfinder has since become a leading online resource for pet adoption, education, awareness and advocacy. It strives to promote the advantage of adopting pets and make it easy to connect people with adoptable pets. Petfinder's searchable online database of animals that need homes is updated daily and includes a directory of nearly 13,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Petfinder also includes a library of free pet-care articles to help keep pets in their homes. Since 1996, Petfinder has helped more than 25 million pets find forever homes. Petfinder joined the Nestlé Purina family in 2013.

Thanks to all for helping make the lives of cats, dogs and exotic pets better and find forever homes through pet adoption!

Susan, Taurus and Gemini





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