Once upon a time, pets in animal shelters were considered inferior, tainted. After all, if they were good dogs and cats, they would be in loving homes, wouldn’t they?
Over the past 15 years, Petfinder.com has been a tremendous force in disproving that notion, educating people that adopting a shelter animal is not about pity but about bringing joy and love into the adopters’ lives. Think of it as an interspecies dating site — one that I’d wager is more successful than Match.com in creating lasting partnerships.
My series of Pet Adoption Videos That Don’t Make You Want To Kill Yourself is about joyousness too. A recurrent theme is that it’s the people whose pets end up in shelters, not the pets themselves, that are often* inferior. This latest (#8) installment in the series, another production of the ShelterPetProject.org — see the first one I posted here — is dedicated to Petfinder’s 15 years of helping superior pets find superior homes.
This post is part of a celebration of PetFinder.com’s 15th birthday that will culminate on March 15. Click on the Adopt the Internet Day badge to the right of this post to see what you can do to help.
*But far from always. A lot of pets are given up because their families become homeless or too financially strapped to care for an animal. But if that were the premise of a video it would really make me want to kill myself.