Note from Our Founder
Today I read that, in a USA Today survey, 17% of people polled would
most like to volunteer for an animal cause. If that's true, then we
should be seeing more people helping out at local shelters. Some
shelters have rockin' volunteer programs (check out the San Diego
Humane Society and its 900+ volunteers), while others have none
(or few). Is a lackluster outreach program to blame? Your local
shelter may be caught in a vicious cycle: Without a strong
volunteer program, the staff may not have time and resources
to develop an effective outreach program that would, in turn,
attract volunteers. You can help. Visit with your shelter (or
foster group) and offer to socialize animals, organize events,
do home visits, transport animals, or do a towel/bedding/food
drive at your work. It's okay to interview the local shelters
-- there are plenty to choose from. Find the one that's right
HAPPY TAIL: Senior Serenity
Shellie was waiting for a home at age 16 when Karen Palchanes adopted
her. "I had to save her before it was too late," the Lebanon, N.J., woman
says. She has made it her mission to give senior shelter dogs a home in
their last years. "How can you let an old, tired or sick soul stay in a
kennel?" she asks.
STAND UP FOR SENIOR PETS!
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month and there are more than 14,700
adoptable senior pets waiting for their forever homes on Petfinder.
Visit our Stand Up for Senior Pets! page to pledge your
help and enter for a chance to win a BISSELL Lift-Off(R) Deep Cleaning System for yourself and one for the Petfinder shelter or rescue group of your choice.
HERE'S WHAT YOU SAID
In our October newsletter, we asked those of you who volunteer for local
shelters or rescue groups what's so special about helping adoptable
pets. Mary volunteers her grooming services at her local shelter and
also fosters dogs at her home. "It is a perfect way for me to give
back to the community," she says, "to help the hardworking people
who staff the clinics and kennels and to give love and care to
homeless and needy shelter dogs."
TELL US: The holidays are near! Have you have ever given or received a pet as a gift?
Last days to vote! Before Nov. 10, cast your vote for the Petfinder.com
Foundation to get adoption-themed ads in Orvis catalogs and on the
Orvis website! Help get the message of adoption to a new audience.
Give a Gift of Hope. The holidays are just around the corner ? and the
Petfinder.com Foundation is here to fulfill your gift-giving needs.
Give your loved ones the Gift of Hope ? and save the life of a homeless
pet! We are very excited to announce both our 2011 Gift of Hope program
and the inauguration of our annual "Supporting Membership" campaign.
PETCO NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND
NOVEMBER 12-13, 2011
PETCO has helped find homes for over 2.8 million homeless pets. On
November 12 & 13, PETCO is partnering with local adoption groups
to host a weekend of adoptions at its stores nationwide! All
adoptive pet parents can receive the Think Adoption First(TM)
Care and Savings booklet with up to 50% off food and supplies
at PETCO for their new adopted pet.
Click here for more details.
WHAT'S YOUR DIRTY LITTLE SECRET?
Come clean about the pet messes lurking in your carpet for a chance to
win $2,500 and a BISSELL Lift-Off(R) Deep Cleaner for yourself and 5
friends. Confess your dirty little secret on BISSELL's Facebook page
through December 2, and you'll get a $20 rebate and free shipping on
a Lift-Off(R) Deep Cleaner!
JOIN IAMS' CAUSE
Help place 1.5 million orphaned pets into loving homes via the Iams
Home 4 the Holidays campaign.
Click here to get involved.
PETFIRST PET INSURANCE FOR DOGS AND CATS
Protect your furry family member from 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.
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
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