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Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2013

Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2013

ZOOTOO  Thu, Dec 26

Check out some of the top shelter dog makeovers that caught eyes around the Petfinder Foundation! Tell us below which makeover makes you happiest! 1. “Fatty Patty” was an overweight 9-year-old Puggle who was heartworm positive and had a tumor the size of a baseball hanging from her back leg. The Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County in Clarksville, Tenn., renamed her Patty Cakes, got her medical care and took her to the groomer’s — where she so ...

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The twelfth way to help pets? Adopt!

The twelfth way to help pets? Adopt!

ZOOTOO  Tue, Dec 24

The best way to help a homeless pet is undoubtedly to adopt one. Literally thousands of pets are waiting — and of course, Christmas would be a good time to open your home and heart. Making the decision, however, isn’t always easy. My husband, Mike, and I have been struggling with the decision to adopt since we had to have our German Shepherd euthanized several months ago due to ill health. We mourned him deeply, and it still doesn’t take much to bring tears back to our ...

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Romeo's Scratch-a-thon Wake up

Romeo's Scratch-a-thon Wake up

ZOOTOO  Mon, Dec 23

This morning I sat on the staff's pillow, contemplating my life and deciding upon the Ya got an itch, ya scratch it. Right? strategy I would use to wake up the staff.Before I even had a chance to devise my plan of attack, however, I got a really big itch. So......SCRATCH SCRATCH SCRATCH SCRATCH SCRATCH SCRATCH. My foot was scratching and thumping away right next to her head. It didn’t occur to me this would be a genius move but it was. She raised up her head, opened one eye, ...

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The eleventh way to help pets is to volunteer

ZOOTOO  Mon, Dec 23

The holidays can be pricey, but here’s a way to help pets that doesn’t cost you any money, just some time. Shelters and rescues always need volunteers. Walking dogs, socializing cats, cleaning litterboxes, brushing pets so they look their best, answering phones — there’s so much that needs to be done to help pets find homes and I’ve yet to see a shelter or rescue that couldn’t use some extra help. I actually fell in love with animal welfare when I started ...

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Give a Pet Promise Certificate for the tenth way to help pets

Give a Pet Promise Certificate for the tenth way to help pets

ZOOTOO  Sun, Dec 22

Growing up, I always wanted a puppy or a horse for Christmas. I had visions of a horse with a big red bow around his neck. In retrospect, these were not realistic visions for my family, but I still had them. My parents instead gave me stuffed animals, riding lessons and instructions in how to interact with friends’ and relatives’ pets. If you know someone, child or adult, who wants a pet for the holidays, why not give a Pet Promise Certificate? This allows your recipient to be ...

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The ninth way to help pets helps your own, too!

The ninth way to help pets helps your own, too!

ZOOTOO  Sat, Dec 21

I always like to buy my cat Christmas presents. Even though friends have commented that Toby doesn’t “really” know that it’s Christmas and that he deserves a gift, I know that he does. I do sometimes feel a little guilty about spending more money on Toby when his current collar, harness and toys are perfectly adequate. How do I deal with this? I make sure that I use any new purchase as an excuse to give Toby’s collar and other supplies that are still in good ...

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The eighth way to help pets is picture perfect

The eighth way to help pets is picture perfect

ZOOTOO  Fri, Dec 20

Good photographs for shelter and rescue pets can be literal life savers. Unfortunately, taking those photos and uploading them can take time. That’s where our eighth way to help pets comes in! Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue to take photographs or update pet’s profiles on Petfinder. When I was in charge of adoption outreach at my old shelter, I loved when volunteers would come in and take photos of the pets. I knew how amazing these animals were, but it was rough to ...

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The seventh way to help pets is to share!

The seventh way to help pets is to share!

ZOOTOO  Thu, Dec 19

The seventh way to help pets is one of the easiest. I bet you could take care of this one in the next five minutes! I love that Petfinder allows us to share pets who catch our eye — whether those pets are near or far. I’ve helped friends look for pets near them and shared pets on my personal social media accounts when something about them calls to me or reminds me of a friend who I know could use another furry companion. It’s pretty easy — you don’t even need to ...

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Treat yourself and discover the sixth way to help pets!

Treat yourself and discover the sixth way to help pets!

ZOOTOO  Wed, Dec 18

Today’s suggestion comes from our founder, Betsy! When Joan was talking about our planning for this promotion, Betsy suggested that people could treat themselves to new blankets and towels and then donate the old ones to their local shelter! Sometimes, doing good for others can be an excuse to do good for ourselves. Dogs and cats don’t care if the towels and blankets have little holes or tiny stains, the way that people would, so it’s a great way to make sure you’re ...

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Fostering is a fifth way to help pets

Fostering is a fifth way to help pets

ZOOTOO  Tue, Dec 17

Want to make a big impact? Consider fostering. Regular guest blogger, Kirstyn Northrop Cobb, our "Pit Bull Parent" shares why she loves fostering. If you decide to foster, don't forget to pledge to help pets for a chance to win ! Fostering. I love it. There is nothing that I do in sheltering that I find more rewarding. Though the blog that I usually write for Petfinder normally focuses on having Pit Bull companions, I do often write about the current foster animal, as fostering is just ...

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