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How can I find a new home for my pet?

Posted by Jennifer on August 11th, 2014

adopt-dog-cat-posterThank you for caring enough to try to find a good home for your pet! (If you are looking to find a new home for a pet that you found or rescued, please click that link for an article tailored for that scenario instead.) is a non-profit resource that allows animal shelters and rescue groups to list their animals for adoption. We cannot post listings from individuals. However, there are many ways to find a loving, new home for your companion pet. Before you give up your pet, we encourage you to take advantage of the many resources available for solving problems and keeping pets in their homes. Read on… Read More

Who’s The #1 Internet Cat Celebrity?

Posted by Jennifer on August 4th, 2014

Friskies-Cat-CelebrityWe all know that the internet was made for cat videos, so it makes total sense that as a result, we have a new category of celebrities – the Cat Celebrity! Have you heard of Grumpy Cat, Nala Cat or Oskar The Blind Cat? What about Tara Hero Cat? Our friends over at Friskies put together the definitive guide to the most influential kitty celebrities on the web so you can keep track of who’s who and which cat will be the next big thing! The Friskies 50 is an index of the most influential cats on the Internet, based on each cat’s social reach and engagement across an array of social accounts. See the full list at where you can see the arrows displayed beside each cat’s position which indicate upward or downward movement from the previous month and a gold star indicates a first time appearance on the Friskies 50. Also, if you know a cat that should be in the Friskies 50, you can nominate them by typing in their name! Check out the fun at Read More

Touching Video: Crosby’s Story

Posted by Dana on July 30th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 9.55.31 AMEvery creature deserves the chance at a life full of love and happiness. In this touching video, Crosby – a sweet pup born with a deformity – is given just that. Watch as this beautiful boy reaches his full potential. What an amazing story! (If you are reading this on our main blog page, please click the “Read More” link to see the video below, then click the red play icon in the middle of the video to make it play.) Read More

Do all pet adoption agencies have strict restrictions?

Posted by Jennifer on July 30th, 2014

breeder-vs-rescueHere at we receive all types of email from potential adopters. Below is one email we received recently that struck a chord with us. Nothing saddens us more than a wonderful potential home who gets frustrated trying to adopt a pet, to the point where they are considering turning to a breeder or pet store. That means instead of a homeless pet being saved, that home might be funding one of the causes of pet overpopulation — and as a result, pets being killed in shelters. That’s tragic! Especially because we KNOW that no matter what the type of pet a home wants to adopt, that pet can almost always be found in a shelter or rescue, hoping to be one of the lucky ones that gets adopted. It is true that if the potential adopter is very specific and set in what they want (say, a rare breed purebred puppy) it may take more time or driving farther. But isn’t a little patience and extra effort worth saving a pet’s life? Here’s our recent email exchange… and find out which puppy in the photo is from a breeder and which is from a rescue! Read More

Who is Your Favorite Pet?

Posted by Jennifer on July 28th, 2014

Favorite-petsIf you said trick question, we’d have to agree with you! Choosing one pet might be impossible – as they are each so special and wonderful.  But choosing a bunch of your favorite pets? Well that could get a lot easier.  Now, when browsing you can login with Facebook and select your favorite pets from the site to be included in your Favorite Pets List, the newest feature we’ve rolled out. You are going to love this cool new tool. Here’s why: Read More

Do You Know the Truth About Heartworm Disease?

Posted by Bayer on July 24th, 2014

Heartworm-true-or-falseHeartworm disease is a very serious – and potentially fatal – condition that is caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals ( Scary stuff, isn’t it? But perhaps the scariest fact isn’t about what heartworm disease is or how it can potentially affect our pets, but the common misconceptions many people have about the disease. Check out these 10 common myths surrounding heartworm disease and get the facts you need to help protect your dogs or cats. Read More

Should Your Pet be #Instafamous?

Posted by Dana on July 21st, 2014

Portrait of a woman with her beautiful dog lying outdoorsRecently, we held our very first ever Happy Beginnings cover model search. Thousands of heartwarming and smile-inspiring photos poured in from awesome pet adopters just like you who were out to prove that shelter pets are loving, warm, and soulful beings. And since a picture says 1,000 words, we think there may be no better way to get the message across! So, we’re doing it again! Read More

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

Posted by Jennifer on July 16th, 2014

hot-dog-tipsWe love Summer! With warm temperatures, sunshine on our faces, and social events galore this season has a lot of great things to offer, but there are also some potential dangers lurking for pets in warmer months. Do you know how to keep your pets safe? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Our mini Summer-Safety roundup guide has the basics you need for a fun and safe season with your best friend! Click the links to read more about how to keep your pets safe this summer with tips about heat, paws, pavement, fireworks, and more! Click read more to see all the links below. Read More

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