09:13 AM, Wednesday, September 26
 As fall approaches, thoughts turn to family and cozy holidays at home. Meanwhile, there are nearly 200,000 dogs of all types awaiting their fur-ever homes in shelters and rescues across North America, and that is why is shining a brighter light on these adoptable canines during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.


Petfinder, which has helped more than 20 million pets find their families, invites dog lovers to help find homes for thousands of deserving friends by:

•    Adopting Not Shopping: With so many dogs in need of families, pet adoption is the best way to expand your family. You can even give the gift of adoption with Petfinder’s Pet Promise Certificate.

•    Volunteering with a Local Rescue or Shelter: Whether helping out at adoption events or fostering a pup, visit to search for an animal welfare organization near you and volunteer your time and talents.

•    Donating Facebook Posts & Tweets to Adoptable Dogs: If you are not looking to adopt currently, use your social networks to share links to canines looking for homes or to highlight a local rescue or shelter.

•    Visiting for more ideas and resources!


To learn about the joys of giving an adoptable pet a fur-ever home, check out Petfinder's Happy Tails – including this week’s featuring The All-American Reject's Mike Kennerty and his delicious dog, Donut. For additional pet adoption tools and resources, please visit Petfinder’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month playlist and


About is the largest online, searchable database of animals that need permanent homes. With more than 320,000 adoptable pets from more than 13,700 animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, has facilitated more than 20 million adoptions since it was launched in 1996. In addition to being an adoption database, also is an all-inclusive resource guide for how to select the right family pet and build a successful, life-long relationship. Thanks to its sponsors, is free to both visitors and to its animal placement organization members. Sponsors include BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, The Animal Rescue Site, PetFirst Healthcare, the exclusive pet insurance provider for, and HomeAgain, a microchip and pet recovery service.


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