Pet Adoption Site Passes 300,000 Mark

Contributing factors include home foreclosures, more participating shelters.

Posted: September 26, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Online pet adoption site Petfinder.com this week exceeded 300,000 animals available for the first time in its 12-year history, with 300,719 available as of Wednesday afternoon.

The site allows 11,895 shelters and animal rescue groups to feature adoptable pets on the website to help find the animals homes. That database is searchable by various parameters, notably animal type and potential adopter’s location.

The site attributes the record number of available animals to various factors, including an increase in participating shelters – up by more than 700 this year alone.

The site also attributes the housing situation, specifically home foreclosures, to increasing the supply of available animals. The site said that 47 percent of its member shelters and rescue groups had reported increases in relinquished animals in April.

At 145,610, dogs were the largest animal group, accounting for nearly half of all available animals. The site also lists cats, rabbits, reptiles, birds, small animals, horses, pigs, and other barnyard animals.


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Joan   Joplin, MO

9/30/2008 9:12:54 AM

That 300,000 number is just the number on the Web site on any given day. Millions have passed through as shelters and rescue groups find homes for them and add new ones. The number changes daily.

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R   Maui, HI

9/27/2008 1:04:54 AM

What sad times.

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me   n haven, CT

9/26/2008 8:54:37 PM

wow thats bad

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belinda   salinas, CA

9/26/2008 7:17:55 PM

no way this is bad thats why i get mad at people that breed and bring more into this terrible situation

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