Petfinder.com (also Petfinder.org) is an online database of adoptable pets. At any given time it lists over 300,000 adoptable pets from nearly 14,000 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and beyond. As of 2013, the site has facilitated over 20 million adoptions. Pets included on Petfinder include dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, small furry animals, horses, pigs and more.
Awards and Accolades
In 2008, Time magazine named it as one of the 50 Best Websites. Because of her impact on animal welfare, Betsy Banks Saul, Petfinder's co-founder, was named by Woman's Day magazine as one of 50 influential women who are changing the world. Its mobile site was launched in 2008 and has received People's Voice Webby winner awards. Petfinder was featured in an iPhone commercial. In 2010, Time magazine named it one of the top 10 iPhone apps.
In 2005, as Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf shore, Petfinder launched a large database of rescued pets. Major animal welfare agencies cooperated to assist in reuniting pets with their owners through the Animal Emergency Response Network (AERN). The database eventually had nearly 23,000 pets listed. The database also included nearly 26,000 requests for rescue from people who left animals behind and another 8,000 lost-animal notices.
Betsy Banks Saul and Jared Saul came up with the idea of Petfinder.com in early 1996 as a resolution to do something for homeless animals. At that time Betsy was working for New Jersey's urban forestry program while completing her Master's thesis at Clemson University.
In 2006, Discovery Communications announced the acquisition of Petfinder. Once acquired, Petfinder was part of Animal Planet Media Enterprises, but was later moved out of Animal Planet and into Discovery Communications' digital media group. Betsy Banks Saul was still involved with Petfinder as were many of Petfinder's original employees. Betsy Banks Saul and Jared Saul are also founding board members of the Petfinder.com Foundation.
- DogsBlog.com - a similar programme in the UK