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Petfinder Birthday Adoption Drive


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At any given time, more than 340,000 furry friends are waiting for homes on, the largest online searchable database of adoptable pets. Widely known as the premier matchmaking site for people and pets, is now launching its first ever “Big Birthday Adoption Event” from July 15 to July 17 with a goal of finding homes for 15,000 pets during the weekend-long event, in honor of its 15th Birthday.

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

So far, nearly 1,500 shelters and rescue groups have agreed to participate by hosting an adoption event during the time frame at their facility, or by joining together with other adoption organizations in their community. Families can visit to see a list of participating shelters and rescue groups near them. Each group’s event and adoption requirements may vary, so adopters are encouraged to speak with a shelter/rescue representative or look on the organization’s individual website for details.

People who are not able to adopt a pet but still want to help shelters and rescue groups can donate much needed funds or supplies to their local shelters or rescue groups. Alternatively, a donation of $15 to the Foundation will help work toward the Foundation’s goal of supporting thousands of animal welfare organizations by providing direct funding, as well as training, education and grants of equipment and supplies. Donations to the Foundation may be made from

So what can you do to help? If you’re not in a position to adopt, please share this information, or better yet – find a pet to share! While the listings below are specific to our local shelters, a convenient search box allows you to quickly locate pets in any part of the country. It’s easy to support the cause, and as big fans of Petfinder we encourage you to support their ongoing efforts to make the world a better place for homeless animals.