Petfinder’s Big Birthday Adoption Event success stories!


Thank you to all of you who adopted, volunteered and helped us spread the word about Petfinder’s Big Birthday Adoption Event last weekend. It was a huge success!

Our goal was to find homes for 15,000 pets in one weekend. But when all the groups had reported in, it turned out that a whopping 15,700 pets had found forever homes — and many more had great leads on possible homes.

And the success stories are pouring in. Here are just a few of our favorites:


Lucky Toto found a home.

First-ever Petfinder adoption!
Animed Pet Adoption Center in Dedham, MA, had just become a Petfinder member — and had its first Petfinder adoption this weekend with lucky Cairn Terrier mix Toto. And the adoption applications have kept coming. “It feels like the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup all over again,” says Animed vet tech Greta Grundstrom.


Cookie gazes at her new adoptive mom.

Love at first sight!
At the multi-organization event in Oakland, CA, Petfinder staffer Jessica Harris met the Fredericks, who’d just adopted Pit mix Cookie from the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. When Jessica took their picture, she says, “I tried and tried to get Cookie to look into the camera, but couldn’t — she wouldn’t take her eyes off her new mom!”


Cabot Animal Control’s Brandy Buie jumps for joy.

Playing for keeps!
Cabot Animal Control in Arkansas found homes for one cat and five dogs during its kid-centric adoption event, which featured cake, face-painting and a spacewalk. “I was so excited that I got in the bouncy house and went crazy!” says Brandy Buie, Cabot Animal Control’s rescue coordinator.


Angel was adopted from K9Kastle on Sunday.

Double the love!
Adoptions at K9Kastle in New York City more than doubled: Volunteer Emily Beck says that, on a typical weekend, the group finds homes for “three or four pets, tops” — but at its  event on Sunday, eight pets were adopted!


Mustang Cherokee was adopted this weekend.

Six horses go home!
The Shepherds Way Animal Rescue in Springdale, WA, which rehabs abused and neglected horses and offers free riding lessons to disadvantaged kids, reports that six of its horses were adopted. “The outpouring of the community to help children and horses was unprecedented for us,” says executive director Carrie Aenk.


Tiger Tom’s new adoptive home was worth the wait.

A five-year resident is adopted!
Tiger Tom, who’d lived at Wildrun in Spencer, NY, for five years, finally found a family on Saturday. “Now he has a new work-from-home mom and dad who will be able to keep him company every moment of the day,” says Wildrun founder (and Petfinder staffer) Susan Greene.


Zoe’s family adopted Shirley at the NJ event.

Hundreds find homes at mega-events!
In 10 major cities, multiple groups joined forces for mega-events. Petfinder’s Sara Kent went to one of them, at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare and Education Center in Madison, NJ. “It was a blast, complete with a live band, face painting and free Petfinder birthday cake for all visitors,” she says. More than 343 pets found homes at these multi-organization events.

Did you or your favorite adoption group do something for our Big Birthday Adoption Event? Tell us below!

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More about the Petfinder Big Birthday Adoption Weekend:

Birthday page: See which shelters near you participated

Blog: The Petfinder Big Birthday Adoption Event: IT’S ON!

Blog: Six ways to help 15,000 pets find homes this weekend

Blog: Live in Chicago? Head to Jiffy Lube (yes, Jiffy Lube) to meet adoptable pets!

Blog: Help us find homes for 15,000 pets in one weekend!

Gallery: See featured shelter-nominated adoptable pets