Petfinder releases updates for its Apple and Android apps

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Petfinder has announced the release updated apps for Android and iOS devices. Hopefully, this will help more homeless pets find loving families.

The full release from Petfinder:

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– Petfinder iOS and Android Apps Help Prospective Pet Parents On the Go –

Silver Spring, Md. – Petfinder, the top digital destination for adoptable pets and the online leader in responsible pet ownership, announces the release of its new Android app today, on the heels of an updated iOS app. With more than one million downloads of Petfinder’s iPhone app to date, pet lovers are using their smartphones to make smart decisions about adoption when looking to add a furry friend to the fold.
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Sunday Commentary: Why do we need all of these rescue groups?

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In the last segment of the HBO Documentary “One Nation Under Dog,” text appeared on the screen stating there are hundreds of dog rescue organizations in the US. The documentary was really well-done and I hope it proves to be an eye-opener for those who previously were not aware the realities of homelessness and other issues surrounding animal welfare.

The documentary certainly didn’t pull many punches.

But it struck me that there are actually thousands of dog rescue (and cat rescue) organizations in the United States – not merely hundreds. So just to make sure I wasn’t overstating the numbers in my head, I went to Petfinder.com to engage in a couple of searches.

In the “Search For Animal Welfare Groups” box, I pulled up a list of rescue organizations in my home state of North Carolina. A full 459 matches appeared. Some are not dog-specific, but most of them do rescue dogs. And this is just in NC alone.

In New York – the search yielded 669 groups. But in North Dakota it was only 18 total rescue groups. In SC – 203. In California – 1,258. Florida – 700. Obviously, in general terms, the greater the human population, the greater the number rescue organizations.

The higher the human population, the higher the number of irresponsible humans on hand. Irresponsible people and puppy mills and backyard breeders lead to more homeless pets.

That’s thousands of rescue groups across the nation with probably an average of thousands of volunteers in your average state. And why? – because they’re needed. If homelessness was not such a problem, the list under each state on Petfinder.com would not be nearly as extensive. The number of rescue organizations in my home city has exploded over the last decade.

On one hand, it is disheartening to realize the number of groups are up due to the level of homelessness. But the good news is there are so many compassionate people who are working within these groups to help.

The people responsible for the number of dogs and cats and other pets who become homeless every day need to be held accountable for their actions. Until these people are held responsible, the problems will continue. These thousands of rescue groups will continue to struggle week after week after year to care for and find homes for millions of dogs and cats – every year.

I liken it to a hole filling with water. The rescue groups are trying to empty the hole, cup by cup. But at the same time, puppy mills and greyhound racing and irresponsible people who refuse to spay and neuter and allow their pets to have litter after litter after litter of offspring are standing on the other side of the hole, filling it with more homelessness.

And to a large extent, the federal government and too many state legislatures are doing very little to nothing to stop the perpetrators from filling the hole with homelessness – a seemingly never-ending flow of irresponsibility, largely fueled by greed or selfishness. So while rescue groups by the thousands battle daily against this flood of greed, irresponsibility and their cousin apathy – dogs and cats are dying by the millions every year.

But the groups battle on. Why? – Because the people who work within these rescue organizations have something sorely lacking on the other side of the equation. The rescue volunteers have compassion. They care about other living beings. People who volunteer in animal rescue; human homeless shelters; organizations to stop child abuse and hunger: cancer walks; anti-bullying campaigns; anti-domestic violence campaigns and more have compassion for others.

In this corner of our tag-team match, we have the reining heavyweight champions – Greed and Selfishness, and their manager – Dirty Money. And in the other corner, we have the underdog – Compassion and Caring.

Petfinder playing off Westminister dog show to promote adoption

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Petfinder is using the upcoming Westminster Kennel Cub Dog Show to highlight the fact that purebred and mixed breed dogs are available for adoption all over the country.

From a press release – “” While a total of 185 breeds will compete in the Westminster Show this year, more than 170,000 dogs are available on Petfinder.com – 25 percent of which are purebred. “”

“Petfinder.com has just about any pet you can imagine; whether you want a four-legged friend who will snuggle up on the couch with you or a running partner,” said Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com. “And when you tune into the Westminster Dog Show and see magnificent dogs strutting their stuff, remember you can train your adopted pooch too! With a few simple training techniques, dogs will come, sit and pay attention to you – just like the most award-winning ‘Best in Show’ dogs.”

For more tips and tricks on pet training, visit www.petfinder.com/pet-training. Information about different breeds’ characteristics and temperament can also be found on Petfinder.com in the breed directory.

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Petfinder: Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays

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Petfinder.com will play host this December to its third annual Foster A Lonely Pet For The Holidays program, “with a goal to empty out shelters from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.”

For a full list of participating shelters across the nation, go to THIS LINK.

From the press release –

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Everyone deserves a home for the holidays. That’s why for the third year in a row, Petfinder.com is launching its annual Foster A Lonely Pet For The Holidays program along with hundreds of shelters and rescue groups with a goal to empty out animal shelters from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
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PM News Pack: Topics – Adoption, greyhound racing, puppy mills, abandoned pets

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ONE – Petfinder.com has announced September 17–25 will be Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week –  “a campaign to reduce discrimination against certain pets during the adoption process.”

From the press release –

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Petfinder.com launched its first Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet campaign in 2009 after recognizing that approximately 95 percent of shelters and rescue groups have a harder time finding homes for certain pets, such as seniors, big black dogs, adult cats or pets with medical problems. This year, Petfinder.com is embracing the theme, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m ______, Adopt Me Because I Need You,” to help adoption organizations identify why a pet may be “less adoptable” and encourage potential adopters to consider pets they might not have previously.

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Campaign growing to urge eBay to stop allowing animal sales on its classified section

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A press release this morning from Change.org reports over 100,000 animal lovers have joined the online campaign to urge eBay to ban animal sales from the classified section of its website.

eBay does not allow these sales under its auction section, but it is allowed on eBay Classifieds.

One of the many important statements in the press release is this – “” Puppy mills are commercial breeders who mass-produce animals under inhumane conditions, resulting in heath and behavior problems that buyers often don’t discover until after they’ve taken their new pet home. “”

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Petfinder’s ‘Big Birthday Adoption Event’ this weekend

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Petfinder.com will hold a “Big Birthday Adoption Event” this weekend (July 15-17) throughout 1,500 shelters and rescue groups across North America.

“We are so proud of the more than 17 million adoptions we have helped facilitate since we started Petfinder.com,” said Betsy Banks Saul, who founded the organization with Jared Saul in 1996, through a press release. “To honor that amazing accomplishment, we want to do something really big and impactful to once again shine the spotlight on adoption

“Petfinder.com is the only animal welfare organization with a network this large, so we decided it was time to bring everyone together at one time to hold adoption events from state to state, coast to coast.”

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It’s Petfinder’s Adopt the Internet Day

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According to Petfinder, 320,000 pets are waiting to be adopted on Petfinder.com at any given time. So as part of the organization’s year-long 15th birthday celebration, it has launched “Adopt the Internet Day.”

From a press released on the topic –

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“The fact is, homeless pets still need all the ‘marketing agents’ they can get,” said Betsy Banks Saul, the co-founder of Petfinder.com. “That’s why on the 15th we want to celebrate by asking everyone to help us give an even louder World-Wide-Voice to homeless pets.”

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