Skip to main content expands to help more animals through economic downturn


More animals need homes due to the conomic downturn. has extended its pet adoption database to include farm animals, rabbits, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and other small animals in need of good homes., formerly, is North America’s largest non-profit adoption website with an extensive listing of over 100,000 adoptable dogs and cats all over the U.S. Funded by Purina and North Shore Animal League, it assists thousands of shelters and rescue groups to place adoptable animals into loving homes and connects 1.5 million adopters with pets each month. Photos and descriptions of the animals can be accessed from anywhere around the globe.

The expansion to include more species in the database is funded by a grant from Petsmart Charities. This development evolved in response to the effects of the economic downturn including home foreclosures and the influx of animal surrenders to shelters according to David Meyer, founder and president of

More than seven million adoptable dogs and cats are killed each year primarily due to overpopulation according to This doesn’t include the countless other homeless species that are also put down. Adopting animals from shelters and rescue groups rather than purchasing them from pet stores dramatically reduces these losses. According to That Mutt: A Dog Blog, some of the reasons to adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue group are:
• You will save a life.
• For those who want a purebred, there are rescue groups for almost every breed or you can search databases such as or Petfinder for a specific breed.
• The initial cost is less and the animal has usually been spayed/neutered and vaccinated.
• Mixed-breed dogs win competitions.
• Mixed-breeds may have fewer health problems.
• You will not contribute to pet overpopulation.
• There are more unique animals to choose from with various life experiences.
• You can find animals already trained.
• The animal’s size and temperament is apparent.
• You have the option to skip the puppy stage.

Please visit’s comprehensive database at