Happy New Year to the whole team!

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It’s been a busy year here at Petfinder and 2013 should be even greater! I believe in hoping for the best, but if you had told me on December 31, 2011 that in one year I’d be working for Petfinder helping promote pet adoption and responsible pet parenting throughout North America, moved into a beautiful non-studio apartment in my favorite neighborhood with Toby’s health problems cleared up…well, I’d likely have hugged you and smiled at your belief in me and my good fortune, but I’d have had a little bit of doubt.

One of the highlights of my year though started before I “officially” joined the Petfinder team. I’m a member of an online book group that’s made up of some amazing women all across the world. Not surprisingly, these amazing women are also animal lovers.

Toby also looks forward to 2013.

Just this past weekend I saw a comment on the book group page from a woman saying that she was sorry she hadn’t been commenting much, she was exhausted from training her new dog. I commented back with sympathy for the workload, encouragement and a note that, I didn’t want to seem like I was shilling for my job, but we did have some great videos and articles on Petfinder that might help and I’d be happy to send her some links for specific issues.

Well, another then commented that she definitely would shill for any advice I provided because without me she wasn’t sure that one of her beloved dogs would still be with them. I read that comment and burst into tears because I hadn’t thought about my actions in that light. When she was pregnant and having trouble with her Poodles I had responded to a request for help. To me, it was quick advice that took maybe an hour of thinking over coffee and then pulling together some links. To my friend, it meant she was able to address her pet’s behavior and find a way to safely keep her dogs in a home that would soon have a new baby (who is utterly beautiful I can report). Even before I joined the “official” Petfinder team, I was doing my part toward Petfinder’s mission. I was a part of the extended Petfinder team.

And you know what? You are, too. By posting adoptable pets, sharing articles and videos with friends who need them, reminding friends to adopt not shop, adopting and rescuing yourselves, volunteering in shelters and working hard to help pets find and keep forever homes — you’re a part of the team, too.

We’re all in this together and I’m proud that as a new year dawns, I’m a part of an amazing team. We’re working to help pets throughout North America. We transcend borders, politics, income levels, religions and genders. We’re cat people, dog people, bird people and horse people — just all around animal people. Realizing the enormity of our team makes me optimistic. There’s no doubt in my mind that 2013 is going to be an amazing year for animals. Thanks for being a part of the team and working with us on this incredible ongoing project.