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Overstock.com Launches Pet Adoption Program as Public Service

Instead of buying Prada, you can adopt a Pekinese.

 The animals available for adoption during the launch of the Paws-i-dential Campaign To Save Animal Lives at Petco on June 20, 2008 in New York City, New York
Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images

Through the pet adoption service, users have access to real-time updates of adoptable animals in thousands of shelters nationwide and are able to search for particular types and breeds of animal, filter by attributes such as gender, age, color, disposition, etc. just as they currently filter through Overstock.com's products. Once a user finds a pet she would like to adopt, Overstock.com connects her with the correct shelter to complete the process. Overstock.com is offering this service for free to all shelters across the U.S. and to everyone who is interested in searching for, and finding, an animal companion. This free public service is for rescue animals only. Overstock.com will not be working with puppy mills or other breeders.

"We realized that the same world-class technology we have built to enable shoppers to sort through millions of products on our site to find just the right item is technology that could also be used to enable pet lovers to sort through hundreds of thousands of animals in adoption shelters to find just the right pet for their family," said Overstock.com Chairman and CEO Patrick M. Byrne. "We are an animal-friendly firm and are grateful for the opportunity to use our technology and resources to make a difference in the lives of so many animals and people."

Pet adoptions are found on Overstock.com's OVillage tab.

But if you would like to see some animals up for adoption live, Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations nationwide will be hosting adoption events the weekend of April 5-6, 2014. And, to help get new pet parents off on the right paw, Hill's Science Diet will be sponsoring the National Adoption Weekend and plans to give all adopting pet parents a free 5 lb. bag of Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food or a free can of Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food.
Pet adoption event times can vary, so it's recommended to contact the nearest location for adoption hours. For more information on local adoption events, visit www.petco.com/adoptions.