Note from Our Founder
You are fantastic; you have adopted a pet and are going to be the best
pet parent ever! But perhaps your pet, like my door-bolting, fence-climbing,
adventure-seeking Jake, has his own agenda. One in three pets goes missing
during his or her lifetime, and without proper ID, 90% never return home.
That's why I made sure Jake was microchipped, and the chip number was
registered to me. Your adopted dog (or cat or bunny) may already have
a microchip, and that's good. But your first step as a new pet parent
is to make sure that microchip is registered and is pointing to home --
YOUR home (and phone number). Your veterinarian or shelter can scan
your pet to get the chip number, and no matter what brand of chip,
the folks at HomeAgain will register it in the national database.
We see many obviously beloved pets in shelters that we know have
homes; we just can't find them because their chips were never
registered or the contact information wasn't updated. Don't let
this happen to your pet.
HERE'S WHAT YOU SAID
Last month we asked how your shelter or rescue mutt is smart, savvy and
amazing. Ali's two rescued dogs, Gidget and Gracie, participate with Ali
in agility. "They are both so quick to pick up on new behaviors and love
to work and have fun," Ali writes. "Gidget has been competing for a year.
Gracie is still learning, but when she's ready, she's going to be awesome!"
TELL US: Do you volunteer for a local shelter or rescue group?
What makes you ROAR? Until Oct. 31, Animal Planet's ROAR (Reach Out.
Act. Respond.) Campaign will match your donation to the Petfinder.com
Foundation dollar for dollar. Help our Rescue U student volunteers
continue their good work rebuilding shelters in need.
Good "stuff." Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant from the Stuff You Should Know
podcast have made a special video for the Petfinder.com Foundation!
Watch as Chuck's dog Buckley tells you Stuff You Should Know about the
work the Foundation does and how you can help.
PETCO NATIONAL ADOPTION REUNION AND SWEEPSTAKES
OCTOBER 8-9, 2011
Come in to PETCO for their National Adoption Reunion October 8-9! Meet
adoptable pets or stop in with your own pet to help celebrate and receive
a FREE commemorative collar charm (while supplies last). Plus, you can
share your adoption story online and win great prizes when you enter
the PETCO National Adoption Reunion Sweepstakes. Visit petco.com/reunion
for details and official rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
Learn more, find Official Rules and enter for a chance to win at
PETFIRST PET INSURANCE FOR DOGS AND CATS
Protect your furry family member for unexpected accidents and illnesses
with pet insurance for $5 for the first month and $14.95 each month
Get $1,000 of accident/illness coverage for your pet by clicking here
or calling 1-877-291-PETS.
$300,000 SHELTER+ CHALLENGE OF 2011
Round four of voting in the $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge at The Animal
Rescue Site began October 3. Let your friends know! Got a great story
to tell about a rescued pet? Share it and a win a grant! New prizes
and new ways to win grants make this a great way to help your favorite
rescue group this fall!
Vote for your favorite shelter today!
So You Think YOU'RE Dog Crazy?
Our friends at Dogster have recently discovered an awesome, over the top dog-themed
house in their Bay Area backyard. The owner, Eni Green, started her
collection with a sculpture that paid tribute to a much-loved pet
-- and her magnificent obsession with all things canine only grew
Check out Dogster's exclusive interview and house tour.
The Petfinder.com Foundation is a public charity created to assist Petfinder shelters and rescue groups through problem solving, fundraising, and relief in times of stress or disaster. Petfinder.com provides a searchable database of animals who need homes from over 13,500 animal shelters and adoption agencies across the USA, Canada and Mexico, free ads for lost, found, adoptable and wanted pets, pet-related message boards and a library of pet information. Since its inception, Petfinder has helped find homes for more than 17 million pets.
Petfinder is part of: Discovery Communications, LLC. One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
© 2011 Discovery Communications, LLC.