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What does a shelter dog want for Christmas — or any day of the year? A new trick to learn; a fun toy to play with. And our grants provide both: Train to Adopt helps shelters teach adoptable dogs basic social skills, and we’ve given more than $7,000 in enrichment toys from our friends at KONG to 10 shelters over …

Meet Monty, Ginny and Porter.  According to Slate.com, Kiwi Rescue, located in New Zealand, is teaching them how to drive!  They’re situated in specially modified Countryman vehicles made by Mini.  Sweet rides!  The dogs are ready to show off their new found ability during a televised demonstration on a closed track. This is really amazing and shows the level of …

Is your dog the humper of your local dog park?  Or perhaps he’s on the receiving end of some unwanted “attention”?  There is a great new iPhone app just released to help you – and your dog – navigate the dog park.  Some dog behaviors are subtle or can even seem like play, but are really warning signs for potential …

Want to help more dogs like this one find forever homes? Help us raise $50,000 for shelter pets, $5 at a time. We have just a few days left to meet our goal — give just $5 today! Munch came in to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control in Charlotte, NC, in November 2010. A 2-month-old stray, his outlook was grim. …

Karen Owens, CPDT-KA®, is head trainer at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control in Charlotte, NC. Her position is made possible through a Petfinder.com Foundation Train to Adopt grant. Today, she tells us how the program is helping make dogs more adoptable. Killarney Killarney (pictured) is a medium-sized Boxer mix puppy that came to our shelter in late October. Her …

Our friends at KONG have quietly donated hundreds of toys to dogs in the Petfinder.com Foundation’s Train to Adopt program. The other day, we got an amazing photo and email from Train to Adopt shelter Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control in Charlotte, NC: See the full photo after the jump! “Last night, after giving out the Kongs, I watched …

Founded in 2003, the Petfinder.com Foundation has grown significantly over the past eight years. Our first year, we awarded $43,000 in grants to shelters and rescue groups across the U.S. At the end of 2011 we will have awarded more than $10 million in grants to Petfinder.com member shelters and rescue groups. The Petfinder.com Foundation team accepts a $425,000 check …

This year, four U.S. shelters were able to enlist licensed dog trainers to train their dogs to impress potential adopters, thanks to Train to Adopt grants from The Petfinder.com Foundation and support from The Animal Rescue Site. Ladybug is a Train to Adopt graduate who was adopted from Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control. Train to Adopt provides shelter dogs …

A Train to Adopt trainer works with a dog at a shelter in Charlotte, NC. The Petfinder.com Foundation’s new Train to Adopt program provides shelter dogs with behavioral training to increase their chances of being adopted. Developed in partnership with The Animal Rescue Site and renowned dog-behavior expert Sue Sternberg, Train to Adopt kicked off on Feb. 1 and will …