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Note from Our FounderNote from Our Founder

Dear Friends,

You are fantastic; you have adopted a pet and are going to be the best pet parent ever! But perhaps your pet, like my door-bolting, fence-climbing, adventure-seeking Jake, has his own agenda. One in three pets goes missing during his or her lifetime, and without proper ID, 90% never return home. That's why I made sure Jake was microchipped, and the chip number was registered to me. Your adopted dog (or cat or bunny) may already have a microchip, and that's good. But your first step as a new pet parent is to make sure that microchip is registered and is pointing to home -- YOUR home (and phone number). Your veterinarian or shelter can scan your pet to get the chip number, and no matter what brand of chip, the folks at HomeAgain will register it in the national database. We see many obviously beloved pets in shelters that we know have homes; we just can't find them because their chips were never registered or the contact information wasn't updated. Don't let this happen to your pet.

 As ever,
Betsy Saul, Co-founder


Happy Tail

HAPPY TAIL: To the Rescue

No one who came to Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, CO, seemed to be looking for a little old rat terrier mix with bad knees. Then Shawn Glazer of Wheat Ridge saw the pooch on Petfinder and thought, "I too am older, have bad knees and allergies." It seemed to be the perfect match.

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Feature

OCTOBER IS ADOPT-A-SHELTER-DOG MONTH

Ask an expert your dog behavior questions! In celebration of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, we've invited Pia Silvani, vice president of training and behavior at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, to be our dog expert in Petfinder's monthly moderated forum October 24-30. Hope to see you there!

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Here's What You Said

HERE'S WHAT YOU SAID

Last month we asked how your shelter or rescue mutt is smart, savvy and amazing. Ali's two rescued dogs, Gidget and Gracie, participate with Ali in agility. "They are both so quick to pick up on new behaviors and love to work and have fun," Ali writes. "Gidget has been competing for a year. Gracie is still learning, but when she's ready, she's going to be awesome!"

TELL US: Do you volunteer for a local shelter or rescue group?

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Petfinder.com Foundation

FOUNDATION NEWS

Petfinder.com FoundationWhat makes you ROAR? Until Oct. 31, Animal Planet's ROAR (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) Campaign will match your donation to the Petfinder.com Foundation dollar for dollar. Help our Rescue U student volunteers continue their good work rebuilding shelters in need.

Petfinder.com Foundation Good "stuff." Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant from the Stuff You Should Know podcast have made a special video for the Petfinder.com Foundation! Watch as Chuck's dog Buckley tells you Stuff You Should Know about the work the Foundation does and how you can help.


In This Issue
dot Happy Tail
dot October Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
dot Here's What You Said
dot Foundation News

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Sponsor Spotlight

PETCO

PETCO NATIONAL ADOPTION REUNION AND SWEEPSTAKES
OCTOBER 8-9, 2011

Come in to PETCO for their National Adoption Reunion October 8-9! Meet adoptable pets or stop in with your own pet to help celebrate and receive a FREE commemorative collar charm (while supplies last). Plus, you can share your adoption story online and win great prizes when you enter the PETCO National Adoption Reunion Sweepstakes. Visit petco.com/reunion for details and official rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
Learn more, find Official Rules and enter for a chance to win at petco.com/reunion.


PETFIRST

PETFIRST PET INSURANCE FOR DOGS AND CATS
Protect your furry family member for unexpected accidents and illnesses with pet insurance for $5 for the first month and $14.95 each month thereafter.
Get $1,000 of accident/illness coverage for your pet by clicking here or calling 1-877-291-PETS.

Animal Rescue Site

$300,000 SHELTER+ CHALLENGE OF 2011
Round four of voting in the $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge at The Animal Rescue Site began October 3. Let your friends know! Got a great story to tell about a rescued pet? Share it and a win a grant! New prizes and new ways to win grants make this a great way to help your favorite rescue group this fall!
Vote for your favorite shelter today!

Dogster

So You Think YOU'RE Dog Crazy?
Our friends at Dogster have recently discovered an awesome, over the top dog-themed house in their Bay Area backyard. The owner, Eni Green, started her collection with a sculpture that paid tribute to a much-loved pet -- and her magnificent obsession with all things canine only grew from there.
Check out Dogster's exclusive interview and house tour.

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