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March 15, 2011 adopt the internet 2011 badgeCongratulations to Petfinder on CHANGING the pet adoption world forever 15 years ago. Truly. Both via online access and the popular app, people use Petfinder a LOT to search for adoptable pets. It was a terrific idea, then. It’s a terrific idea now. In celebration, here is our Adopt the Internet Day post.

Adopt. Don’t Buy … I’m Begging

While attending a local non-dog event recently, I realized just how much education is still required about the horrors of puppy mills and the pet store puppy sales that support them.

ME: So what kind of dog do you have?

An old English sheepdog

[Our family dog when I was a toddler was an OES, so I was super excited.]

ME: Where did you get him? [assuming a “good” breeder because these dogs are kind of rare]

A pet store

ME: You know that’s bad, right? [thinking I’d hear the “we saved him” thing people say]

The puppies just come from breeders.

ME: Bad ones. [oops]


To turn my conversational flub around, I cruised through the Petfinder Gallery of All Stars and chose this dog to champion today. Of course, a border collie. Breezy (based on foster home notes) is a fearful girl.

Want to help:

  • Tweet her link with the hashtag #adopttheinternet
  • Post links to her profile on Facebook with this message: More than 320,000 pets are waiting for homes on Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet today and find forever homes for as many as possible!

Social Media Blitz:   Breezy (a border collie in Maryland who needs a home)

According to her profile, Breeze was part of a hoarding case and was taken from her owner as a pup. Due to a pending court case, she was housed in a shelter for the next 3 (yes, 3) years with little human contact or time outside of her indoor kennel.”

She has been in foster care for 15+ months.

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About the Author Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related.

I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

  1. I liked your story–I know what you mean. I have many “pet store” pups in my socialization classes–I didn’t realize that there’s still such a market out there. Breezy looks like a wonderful girl–thanks for picking her! I’ll send out the tweet!


  2. Yikes. It’s amazing what we take for granted as common sense or common knowledge, but it’s so important to capitalize on those opportunities to educate. Way to go!

    Breezy is precious! I hope she finds a wonderful family very, very soon!

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