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Happy 20th Anniversary to Petfinder

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Over the past year we had the misfortune of losing both our dogs to sickness and old age. Having at least one dog in the house for more than 17 years and then all of a sudden, they were gone was much more stressful than I care to remember.

It didn't take very long for the family to realize that the house wasn't quite the same; it seemed very empty without our little fur baby's.

Unless you live under a rock, the easiest way to search for anything these days is via the Internet. Why should a new family pet be any different?

That is where the experts at Petfinder.com come in. 

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As they embark on their third decade of providing support and expertise to families seeking their forever pet. Petfinder.com is a database of hundreds of thousands of adoptable pets, from more than 13000 shelters and rescue organizations across North America, with over 600 participating groups in Canada. They have been instrumental in providing new homes for more than 25 million pets since 1996. That's an average of 1.2 million lucky pets per year.

You may not realize just how important they are to the overall experience of purchasing, adopting or rehoming a pet.

Petfinder has always encouraged more people to consider adoption when adding a pet to their family. By removing the barriers within the adoption process, Petfinder's goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting would be pet owners with actual pets seeking adoption.

There are some very sizable benefits to pet adoption. The least of which is saving money. Shelters and rescue organizations usually cover the initial veterinary costs, which can quickly add up.

Some even include:

-Spay/neutering services
-Distemper vaccination
-Rabies vaccination
-Heartworm testing
-Flea/tick treatment
-Micro chipping

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When we were in the market to find our newest addition to the family, we did in fact turn to Petfinder.com. I found their in depth details of prospective pets to be very helpful. We ended up getting a Shih Tzu puppy and used the information found on Petfinder.com to narrow down the type of dog we were considering.

To help celebrate the 20th anniversary milestone, Petfinder.com asked pet parents, pet lovers, and pet advocates to join the celebration and its efforts to donate $200,000 benefitting 20 shelter and rescue members. To aid in making this donation possible, Petfinder asked animal lovers to help generate one million views of its #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video, which shows how adoptable pets have transformed the lives of their adopters. The video has surpassed their wildest dreams, with more than 1.5 million views.

Petfinder joined the Purina family in 2013.

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PetFinder website https://www.petfinder.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Petfinder

Paisley's Instagram @paisleytheshihtzu

This post was sponsored by Purina Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.