PetFinder® Celebrates an Amazing 20 Years of Adopting Pets; ThoughtsFurPaws Recollects Why Pet Adoption is the Smartest Choice
Pet Lovers Sustain the PetFinder Initiative! Support PetFinder in Making a $200K Foundation Donation by Using #MetOnPetfinder on Social Media
First things first.
You who know me well also know that pet adoption is my only option.
Now that may not be true for all of you – and that’s fine. But for me, it’s the way to go.
Even my precious Jiminy Cricket – a purebred English Crème Golden Retriever – is a rescue. My sweet (near-) 16-year-old, Norwegian Forest mix Sasha is a rescue, and a fiery, feisty one at that. (It says “TAKE SEVERE PRECAUTIONS” on her vet chart in bright red tape.) And both fat Maxwell Anderson and “mini-Abyssini” Tater Tot Turnbull are rescues, too.
In fact, going back about 20 years to when I was 16, I cannot think of one single animal in my life that has not been a rescue. This includes Telly the Tortoise, Jaws the longest-living-Goldfish-ever (he ate every other fish we put in his tank), and George Orwell, the white Dairy Farm Rat that my big sister saved from 6th grade Science lab hell. More recently there was Owen, the baby bunny that Sasha tackled (and quickly caught somehow). I yelled “Drop it Sasha” immediately and, being the good girl that she is, she did, but Owen was playing possum. I gently picked him up, both of us still breathing, and called the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, where I was directed to a wildlife rescuer off-site. Molly, an expert in wildlife rescue and rehab and hands-down one of the smartest cookies I’ve ever met, took Owen in, and gave him the hand-feeding and nursing he required. She saved his life, and then adopted him out to a real home.
Then there’s the uber-famous Fat Rosie, my seemingly-preggers squirrel BFF who stayed with me for two years. (Squirrels are a very transient population and move oft so to have her around that long is absolutely unheard of.) Fat Rosie is a Facebook star now and I will never get over losing her. She let me pet her and feed her from my hands. She sat on the deck with me every day with Sasha in toe, while I worked or read a book or talked with my Mom or watered the flowers. Fat Rosie was totally me and Sasha’s buddy. Boo that she had to leave with her family.
So, why? Why do we rescuers do this? How did I turn out to be a wild baby bunny saving, squirrel feeding, deer caretaking, shelter volunteering, rescue fund-securing animal devotee who salvages anything with four legs that looks through my eyes?
Well it may have something to do with the fact that I was crawling on blankets as a baby with Great Danes and 20-pound Ragdolls, but I’d venture to say it’s, in turn, because that’s how my Mom raised me. It’s in the genes baby. That’s what I learned from her, my Dad, and others around me. That’s where nurture and nature took my mind, my impressionable soul and turned my sense of humanity – and that’s where my morals, beliefs and ethics stand today-and forever. And that’s simply that. (Please excuse the quid philosophical pro quo but you’ll get it in a second.)
-Some fall prey to the old myths that rescue pets are beat-up old has-beens that have behavioral problems and just never act right.
-Some believe that rescues are forever damaged.
-Some think that they always will look as raggedy and terrified and dirty as they do in the shelter…
-And yet others believe that rescues can never be as smart as purebreds. (This last one really gets me.)
None of these things are true.
Rescues, in my humble (yet tried) opinion, are insightful, resilient, emotional and intelligent creatures capable of all that purebreds are, and who give back to us humans a million times more than we can ever give them.
And this brings me to PetFinder. For the past 20 years, PetFinder’s amazing team has worked tirelessly and sometimes to their wit’s end to ensure that more adoptable pets find their forever homes. Since 1996, PetFinder has helped facilitate over a whopping 25 MILLION pet adoptions through its shelter and rescue member organizations.
To celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary, PetFinder is asking pet parents, pet lovers, pet advocates and all general pet peeps of the world to join in the fun and celebration. What celebration, you ask? Well the highly lauded rescue organization is aiming to donate $200,000 benefitting 20 shelter and rescue members.
To make it happen, PetFinder is asking animal lovers like us to help generate 1 million views of its #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video, by October 24th, which shows how adoptable pets have transformed the lives of their adopters.
When the 1 million views goal is met, 20 PetFinder shelter and rescue members will each receive a $10,000 grant from the PetFinder Foundation to help continue to transform the lives of the pets in their care and cultivate more lifelong relationships.
As part of the celebration, PetFinder families, advocates, partners and fans are encouraged to share their own PetFinder adoption stories on social media by using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder.
Petfinder encourages more people to consider adoption when adding a pet to their family. By removing barriers within the adoption process, the group’s goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting people with pets! So head on over to petfinder.com and check out this tear-jerker of a video. But remember – it’s going to help hundreds of thousands more homeless animals! After all…
An average of 1.2 million pets per year have found forever homes on PetFinder since its inception!
How cool is that? I want to show you the effect that pet adoption and animal rescue has on people so I’ve put together some quotes.
Molly Ryan, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Independent Wildlife Rehabilitator: “These animals have done nothing wrong in their lives except be born into a world with far too many of them. They deserve a chance and a person to love. I think matching a person with a new furry member of their family is sometimes as close to a miracle as we are ever able to get. Petfinder is such a huge help in facilitating these powerful connections.”
Ashly Smith, 10-yr Basset foster: “The heart of a rescue is different than the heart of any other… What Petfinder does, matching pets with their people, is absolutely invaluable. And people need to learn to respect that and need to learn from it at the same time.”
Ellen Q., Owner, Love-A-Stray Cat Rescue: “The lives of people in pet rescue are surrounded by the duress of the animals we live to save. But they’re also enveloped in the happiness and love that our adopters receive from these so-called rugged rescues for the rest of their/our lives. PetFinder plays an absolutely crucial role as they have the ability and means to do this on a nationwide level. I think people need to pay a hell of a lot more attention to rescue in general. You know me Jaime, we’re on the same page…But I also think the general public should give more kudos to organizations like PetFinder that have the manpower, mindpower and the HEARTS and organizational means to do pet adoption and hence, rescue, on a national level. P.S. They need to do a campaign to make people more aware of the money local rescues spend vetting these cats and dogs so people stop scoffing at adoption fees. Don’t they know what it costs to feed these pets and keep them alive and healthy until they go to a forever home? Please thank PetFinder and all their partners. If not for them, little guys like us wouldn’t be possible.”
*Caveat~ I understand if you want a purebred for medical reasons or for the up-keeping of the breed or a multitude of other reasons. I’m not against respectable breeders.