Posts by Melissa, shelter outreach specialist

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Puppy mills are the pits

by Melissa, shelter outreach specialist • May 28 , 2013

Recently I received an email from The Humane Society of South Mississippi, letting me know they had just taken in 104 dogs from a puppy mill bust. Puppy mills are large scale breeding operations, that typically house dogs in filthy conditions.   Many online breeders and pet stores obtain their …

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I want to help

by Melissa, shelter outreach specialist • May 02 , 2013

If you read the Petfinder blog, there is a good chance you are already an animal lover. Have you ever stepped back and wondered how you can do more to help? Of course volunteering for your local shelter is always a good way to help homeless pets (and it doesn’t …

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The eyes have it

by Melissa, shelter outreach specialist • Apr 25 , 2013

Working in shelter outreach for Petfinder, I see a lot of adoptable animals on a daily basis. But sometimes there is just something about a particular animal that you can’t get their image out of your head. Morgan is one of those animals for me. Her eyes are so striking …

Bulletproof Sam is a dog, just like other Pit Bulls. This may be the most misunderstood breed, but dogs like Sam are working to show the public that Pit Bulls are just dogs, they are not monsters. Sam has had a hard life. He was part of a fighting operation …

I’m continually amazed by the generosity and kindheartedness of people that love animals. One example of this I see every day is people trying to save animals, even if they necessarily don’t fit with the original mission of their organization. Recently I ran into a friend that works for Alley …

When I first started working at Petfinder, I was so excited to be able to have an animal-related quote in my email signature. I wanted something short and to the point, but that really conveyed how I felt about animals, and why I chose a career in animal welfare. I …

Still thinking about whether you should get your pet microchipped? Check out this story of a woman reunited with her dog after ten years. The reason? The dog’s microchip was linked back to his mom from ten years earlier. Thanks to Petfinder’s Chip FurKeeps program, it’s a lot easier for …

I recently came across a story of a police officer in Texas, who stopped traffic to save a Rat Terrier that was near the highway. The officer, Kyle Jones, was driving down the busy highway in the pouring rain, when he saw the small dog approaching the road. Without hesitation …

Recently I came across this story that made me smile. It also got me to thinking . . . why do some people have the impression that kids and dogs can’t live in the same household harmoniously? I think that there are definitely some extra steps parents need to take …

Last year I started running. I still hate it, yet I continue to run 2-5 times a week. I have a running group that keeps me motivated and makes me stick to my routine.  It’s nice to know that even when it’s 25 degrees and all I want to do …