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Everything you need to help your
new pet adoption last a lifetime.

Tackling Pet Problems

We asked adoption groups why pets are surrendered to them. The results:

Dogs and Cats relinquishment survey

*Source: Petfinder FurKeeps Member Survey 2009

Having Trouble? Here’s Help

  1. Moving
    Check out our tips for finding pet-friendly housing before you look for a new home. Once you find a place, check out these tips for moving with pets.
  2. Pet Behavioral Issues
    Here’s help with some of the most common problems. For more, check out our Dog Training Videos and Cat Training Videos and visit our Pet Trainingsection.


  3. Cost
    The costs of owning a pet can vary. Before you adopt, check out our charts, Estimated Annual Dog Care Costs and Estimated Annual Cat Care Costs. If you’ve already adopted, we’ve got tips for pet parents on a budget and where you can find low-cost spay/neuter programs.
  4. Pet Health
    Pet insurance can prepare you for unexpected pet-health problems. Our partner, PetFirst, offers coverage for the life of your pet with its Lifetime Accident & Illness Plans. Also, visit our Pet Health section for tips on keeping your pet healthy and information about:

  5. Pet Aggression
    Understanding the different types of aggression and their causes can be the first step to solving the problem.

Petfinder’s FurKeeps Services

Chip FurKeeps

Is Your Microchipped Pet Protected?


You may know that your pet is microchipped … but not much more. If your pet gets lost (as one in three pets will), it’s critical that your contact information associated with the microchip be up-to-date.

To give your pet the best chance of being returned to you, Petfinder recommends you register your pet’s microchip in the HomeAgain Pet Recovery Database.

For just $17.99, your pet will have lifetime microchip registration and a one-year HomeAgain membership with these benefits:

  • A permanent listing with FREE, unlimited updates for the rest of your pet’s life, even if you never renew your enrollment!
  • Free, unlimited access to the ASPCA’s emergency medical hotline — which would otherwise cost $65 a call!
  • A nationwide network of more than 600,000 people on the lookout for lost pets. As soon as you report your pet missing, HomeAgain will instantly send lost pet alert e-mails and faxes to area animal shelters, vet clinics and volunteer PetRescuers.
  • HomeAgain’s trained lost-pet specialists available 24/7 to help you until your pet is recovered.
  • Up to $500 in travel assistance if your pet is found far from home.

Learn more about the benefits of HomeAgain membership.

Learn more about HomeAgain.

Learn more about how microchipping works.

Register your chip with HomeAgain now.

Insure FurKeeps

Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Pet Insurance

When your pet is sick or injured, make your first priority getting them the treatment they need. Pet insurance from PetFirst reimburses vet bills, so you can make your pet’s healthcare decisions with your heart, not your wallet.

PetFirst’s Lifetime Accident & Illness plans cover your pet for life, including coverage for breed-specific, hereditary and chronic conditions. Petfinder has partnered with PetFirst to offer a $9.95 discount on your first month of pet insurance. Click here to see how PetFirst makes it easy to protect your pet.

Learn more about pet insurance:

Train FurKeeps

Thundershirt Petfinder partner Thundershirt offers a proven solution for many types of anxiety, including noise, crate, travel, stranger and separation anxieties. Over 85% of Thundershirt users report significant improvement in anxiety symptoms. When you purchase a Thundershirt by clicking through from the link below, 15% of your purchase price will benefit the Petfinder.com Foundation. Learn more here.

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For more help with cat and dog behavior problems, check out our Dog Training Videos and Cat Training Videos.

Protect FurKeeps

Pets can bring their owners unconditional love and joy, but they can also bring some trouble. Here are some of the most common parasites that pet parents should be aware of:


Fleas and Ticks
Did you know that a single female flea can produce over 2,000 eggs in her lifetime1? Once fleas infest your home, it can take 3-4 months and a lot of patience to get rid of them. FRONTLINE® Plus kills adult fleas, plus flea eggs and larvae. This destroys the fleas’ ability to lay viable eggs — much less 2,000 viable eggs. It also kills dangerous ticks that can transmit diseases. Ask your veterinarian for FRONTLINE Plus — your #1 choice for flea and tick control on dogs and cats2.


Heartworms are potentially deadly parasites spread to dogs and cats by mosquitoes. An infected dog or cat may show clinical signs such as a coughing or heavy breathing, but may not show signs at all. If left untreated, heartworms can slowly kill your pet. Treatment is only available for dogs, can be very painful and may cost up to $1,000. HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) prevents heartworm disease and is available in a real-beef-chewable dogs love3.

Hookworms and Roundworms
They’re the most common intestinal parasites in dogs4 and they are zoonotic, which means they can be passed from pets to people. Ask your veterinarian for HEARTGARD Plus because it treats and controls 3 species of hookworms and 2 species of roundworms.

Important Safety Information: HEARTGARD® is well tolerated. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Following the use of HEARTGARD®, digestive and neurological side effects have rarely been reported. For more information, please visit www.HEARTGARD.com.
Click here for prescribing information.

®FRONTLINE, HEARTGARD and the Dog & Hand logo are registered trademarks of Merial. ©2011 Merial Limited, Duluth, Georgia. All rights reserved. PAR11CNFURKEEPSR.

1Dryden M, Houlton D. Understanding Flea Biology and Control. Veterinary Practice Staff. Vol. 2, No. 3 May/June 1990. 6-9.
2Vet-dispensed; MDI data.
3Of dogs showing a preference in three studies conducted by independent investigators, dogs preferred HEARTGARD® Chewables over INTERCEPTOR® (milbemycin oxime) Flavor Tabs® by a margin of 37 to 1; data on file at Merial.
4Little SE, Johnson EM, Lewis D, et al. Prevalence of intestinal parasites in pet dogs in the United States. Veterinary Parasitology 166; (2009): 144-152.

Cleaning a Home with Pets: Tips from BISSELL

Don’t let housetraining accidents and other messes come between you and your pet! Check out these tips: