Did you catch Cake Boss last night on TLC? On June 30, master baker Buddy Valastro, along with Petfinder founders, members and many friends of Petfinder celebrated reaching a major milestone — 20 million adoptions! St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey lent us their beautiful grounds and new auditorium for the unveiling of a very special cake crafted in consultation between Buddy and founder Betsy Saul.
Petfinder has more than 360,000 adoptable pets from over 13,700 adoption groups who are dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals in USA, Canada, Mexico, and nearby islands. Over 16 years of member dedication has resulted in over 20 million pets finding loving homes.
It was a beautiful sunny day as guests arrived to tour the facility in Madison. St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has a shelter and a Training and Behavior Center in Madison as well as a second shelter in North Branch.
It was not just the human participants in the celebration who received a special treat. The Cake Boss came not only bearing cake but specially baked dog treats as well, which Buddy passed out to the canine participants before the cake was presented.
Felines also shared in the fun, with cages of outgoing, crowd-friendly kittens and cats stationed in a quieter corner.
The celebration was a wonderful opportunity for Petfinder founders and staff to meet face-to-face with member shelters and adoption groups. It is the hard work of Petfinder members — rescuing, sheltering, posting of homeless pets on Petfinder–that has been vital to the success of online adoption. It is the increasing dedication of the public to adopt, not shop, that has provided over 20 million secure and loving homes for shelter and rescue pets.
It was a glorious day of dedication and friendship, shared with the shelter and foster pets of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. As the cars poured in and the auditorium and lawn filled with friends, it was clear that Petfinder had touched human and animals lives alike. We look forward to many future opportunities to celebrate successes in animal adoption.
We want to thank the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro, for honoring this achievement with a cake happily crowded with illustrations of love and devotion to the animals that share our lives. Cake is the unique symbol of celebration. So raise some cake and raise a toast to 20 million more adoptions!
(photos by Pia Silvani)