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Updated on March 15, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Buddy, our Golden Retriever from
Buddy, our Golden Retriever from | Source is a great website to help people find and adopt a pet. My family and I have always adopted dogs through dog pounds and rescue centers and I have always found the dogs so grateful. I don't understand why people would pay $800 or more to go to a breeder and get what they consider the perfect breed of purebred dogs when there are many purebred and almost purebred dogs at dog pounds and rescue centers. many of these dogs can be found on

Ten years ago, after the untimely death of my family's Golden Retriever, I was determined to find a new Golden Retriever to bring into the family. I found our dog Buddy within a three-week period on, and it was an easy and wonderful experience.

How to Navigate the Website

Petfinder has more than just the average dog and cat adoption listings. There are many other types of animals available as well. To make the best use of to adopt a pet, go to the website There will be a listing up to the left which allows a potential adopter to choose the type of animal that he/she is interested in adopting. The choices are:

* Dog

* Cat

* Rabbit

* Small and Furry ( this includes hamsters, mice, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and ferrets. As of this writing, it also included a hedgehog and a prairie dog!)

* Bird

* Scales and fins ( this includes snakes, water dragons, turtles, tortoise, Iguanas, frogs, geckos, and lizards).

The next choice is breed, such as in a dog or cat. The next item to fill in is the zip code of the town the potential adopter lives in. If a potential adopter would like to make a refined search, to weed out animals they would not be interested in, there are even more categories to fill out that include gender of the animal, age, and size. Once those categories are filled in with choices, there is a search button to click. A listing will appear of all the available pets in the chosen categories. The list starts with those geographically closest to the potential adopter appearing first. The listings show a picture of the animal if available, the animal's name, and some information such as the color, age, temperament, whether or not it's housebroken, spayed/neutered, what types of animals and people the pet gets along with. Sometimes there will even be some background information on the pet including where it was found or why it was surrendered.


Many of the animals were in abusive or neglectful situations. Some had families that relinquished them because they could not afford to take care of them due to economic circumstances. The animals listed are from pounds, animal rescue centers, and Humane Societies all across the country. Some of the shelters require that the interested adopter fills out an application before any more information being exchanged. Some just list a phone number and address of the shelter for the adopter to contact. There is also a link to search for nearby shelters if someone isn't all that picky about the type of dog or cat they get and would prefer to adopt from a nearby shelter. The fee for the adopted animals is different for each shelter or dog pound that the animal is adopted from. The site exists to be a clearinghouse for available animals.

One of the more interesting links on the site is a link to help your family decide what breed of dog would be best. Once the link is clicked on, it brings the searcher to an alphabetical list of dog breeds, complete with descriptions and temperament. This list is extremely useful for families who aren't quite sure what type of dog would fit into their family best.

Update on Buddy

Buddy has been a part of my family for 9 1/2 years now. He was being abused by his original owner, and someone rescued him from that family, and he was put on to find a forever home. On his first visit to the vet after being adopted, we were told he was 10 - 15 pounds underweight. I am sure you can tell by the pictures accompanying this article that this is not the case now! He has been a wonderful dog and a great companion to my children. I wrote this article to help other families find the perfect pet for their situation. And I hope that in doing so, some of these animals can find their forever home in loving families, so they will not have had to suffer in vain.

Hoping You can Find Your Perfect Pet With

I hope this article and the video will help you to find your perfect pet. I find it is always better to rescue adopt a dog, cat, etc. because not only is it less expensive, but in some cases, you are helping to save a life. And in the case of a dog, in my personal experience, they are always grateful and show their appreciation to their rescuers. Good luck and please let me know in the comments below if you have rescued a pet, or used Petfinder to find your furrever friend!

Here's a video about how to adopt a pet through which will hopefully find your perfect pet!

Buddy loves to play with sticks!
Buddy loves to play with sticks! | Source
Buddy loves to lick things, even people's knees!
Buddy loves to lick things, even people's knees! | Source
At my daughter's graduation party, Buddy's favorite spot was right next to the popcorn machine so he could eat all the spilled popcorn each time someone came to fill up their bowl!
At my daughter's graduation party, Buddy's favorite spot was right next to the popcorn machine so he could eat all the spilled popcorn each time someone came to fill up their bowl! | Source

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Maren MorganM-T,

      So happy you found your kitties before they actually had to go to shelters. Sounds like you are a great kitty Mommy.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I got my 2 rescue cats through "informal" arrangement - before they made it into shelters. I LOVE them!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Eddy. There are so many pets waiting for homes at pounds and the Humane society. I don't know who first had the idea of creating, but it's a wonderful resource that helps pets and people find each other! Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I loved this gem which I know will benefit many.

      Enjoy your day and here's to so many more to follow.


    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image


      6 years ago from Florida


      That is fine, no problem---I wanted you to know what a great hub you wrote. I adopted my Angel a cockapoo and Baby a dachapoo years ago, and they lived past 15 and 16 years.

      I did pay a price for my Sweetie Angel---he is a Pomeranian, but I was working in a very stressful job at the time and didn't take time to look.

      But I have done it both ways in my life and loved them all.

      Thanks again,

      Bobbi Purvis

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia


      So sorry I just found your comment. Thanks for tweeting the hub and your wonderful votes. I wish more people would adopt pets through programs like and their local pounds. Not only do you get a pet who is usually grateful, but it can also save pet adopters a lot of money compared to purchasing through a breeder.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks so much for your comment. He is a sweetheart and we were fortunate to find him as well. Thanks for the votes.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Buddy is beautiful and lucky he found you ;) This is a great hub and hopefully people will use it and petfinder to find a new pet.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image


      6 years ago from Florida


      Thank you for writing this hub---and I am so happy you found Buddy. This will help so many people to find a pet.

      Voted Beautiful, awesome and tweeted it my followers.


      Bobbi Purvis

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      You were lucky to find Buddy, and he was lucky, too. Goldens are one of my favorite breeds. I love dogs and have written several Hubs about ours. Pets are wonderful.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia


      I wish everyone could rescue pets from shelters, dog pounds, and the Humane Society when looking for a family pet. All the pets I have adopted from those types of places are ever so grateful and make the best pets. Thanks for commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Buddy is so adorable. You have a great cause here and I hope that many find it in their heart to support it.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia


      Yes you are right. At they advertise whether or not it's a kill shelter so if the dog is in danger of being euthanized soon, people will know. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia


      That's so funny about having to run from the golden retrievers! I can relate to that. Buddy would just run after us though! Thanks for reading and your comment. Gotta love Goldens!

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      6 years ago

      Awesome. So many dogs out there need a home. I would always urge people to adopt, especially if it is a kill shelter. So sad. Great Hub.

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      6 years ago

      Nice article Karen! Thanks! Buddy is adorable. My sister's last three goldens have all done that licking thing. More so if the person is wearing some kind of lotion. Sometimes you have to run from them if you wanted to keep your sunscreen, etc, on!


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