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The Bottom Line

Membership on Petfinder is limited to currently active adoption organizations that are NOT operating for the purpose of making a profit. Breeders, pet shops and businesses or individuals selling pets for a profit are not eligible.

Please review our Member Terms of Service and Code of Conduct to verify your group is eligible:

Please complete the registration form on the next page and then email or fax the required paperwork outlined below. An incomplete registration form or incorrect paperwork may delay registration approval. Please do not send additional documents (kennel licenses, etc.). Only the two documents below are required to begin the registration process. Be sure you have the paperwork below ready before completing the registration form:

If you are a municipally owned and run shelter/animal control facility:

  • No official paperwork is needed.

If you are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit or Canada charitable organization:

  • A copy of just the first page of your IRS tax-exempt determination letter, or Canadian charitable status letter; AND
  • A letter of reference signed by your primary veterinarian (rather than staff) on the hospital’s printed letterhead, confirming that he/she has already been providing medical care for the pets in your adoption program.

If you are an organization without official non-profit status:

  • A copy of your ADOPTION CONTRACT (not the application used to screen potential adopters); AND
  • A letter of reference signed by your primary veterinarian (rather than staff) on the hospital’s printed letterhead confirming that the veterinarian has already been providing medical care for the pets in your adoption program.

If you are a veterinary hospital or clinic:

  • A copy of your ADOPTION CONTRACT (not the application used to screen potential adopters); AND
  • A letter of reference signed by the primary veterinarian (rather than staff) on the hospital’s printed letterhead confirming that the hospital has a rescue and adoption program and that he or she provides medical care for the adoptable animals.

Send Documents Via:

  • E-mail to Outreach@petfinder.com. Emailed documents must be in one of these formats: .doc (MS Word), .txt (text file), .jpg (JPEG) or .pdf (PDF)
  • Fax to 314-982-5847

Note: The above info and the following link are for animal adoption organizations. If you are a member of the public and have a question, please contact Pets@petfinder.com.

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