5 Ways My Life is Weirder with My Petfinder Pets #spons #MetonPetfinder


Just as Match.com changed the way I shopped for a husband, Petfinder changed the way I searched for new furry family members, and in the best pawsible way.

petfinderI found our two most recent cats, Banzai and Reno, via Petfinder.

My Dirty Little Secret

Here’s a confession: going to shelters to look for a cat to adopt is oppressively difficult for me. For months afterward, I’m haunted by the faces and names of those I can’t adopt. I still remember a sweet little Siamese named Eddie who went unadopted for weeks, and that was 25 years ago.

When we started the searches which resulted in adopting Banzai and Reno we wanted to get a young male Flamepoint Siamese. Banzai was our first flamepoint, and he’s a great little cat. He has the outgoing nature of a ginger cat, but his lungs are all Siamese. He is the most vocal Siamese we’ve ever had (that’s saying something, since Mao never kept his opinions to himself and I couldn’t imagine a more talkative cat). When we lost Buckaroo, we wanted a young flamepoint playmate for Banzai, and we found him, as we had Banzai, via Petfinder.


If you live in a major metro area as I do, you can have dozens upon dozens of pawsibilities returned to you in search results. It appears that you cannot filter out “hooligan,” but then, I guess that would eliminate about every kitten ever born. And, you can set up a search query to run automatically, informing you via email when a pet matching your search criteria is available for adoption in your area.

You just go to Petfinder.com and enter your search criteria. You can also filter by characteristics and size:


One search quirk is that it forces you to select a “breed” to search on. So, if you’ve got your heart set on a gray and white tabby, you’ll need to select “Domestic Shorthair (or longhair, etc) –  gray and white.”

Many shelters take the time to paint a picture of the cat’s purrsonality in each profile so you’ll know what to expect. Many provide excellent photos taken by professional photogs donating their time.

reno1Searching via Petfinder saved me trip after trip to local shelters and hooked me up with two purrsonality-packed kits I look forward growing old with. Banzai had been rescued by the Marin Humane Society, and Reno was a feral trapped by a small local cat rescue, Community Concern 4 Cats.

Of course, it’s always best to show up at a shelter and start meeting cats in the hopes of finding The One, but Petfinder is an excellent way to cut down on the legwork, especially if you have a particular type or breed in mind, or if, like me, shelter tours are an emotional rollercoaster for you.

Petfinder is sharing its incredible legacy with its shelter and rescue members while inspiring a new generation of pet lovers – just like you – to adopt. And not just adopting a cat or dog… Petfinder can match you with barnyard denizens, birds, horses, rabbits, reptiles, fish, and assorted small & furry critters.

Happy 20th Birthday, Petfinder!

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Petfinder is asking people across the country to join the celebration and its effort to donate $200,000 to the Petfinder Foundation, who will award grants to 20 shelter and rescue members. To make this donation possible, Petfinder is asking animal lovers to watch and generate one million views by Oct. 24 of its #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video (below), which shows how adoptable pets have transformed the lives of their adopters.

When the video has been viewed one million times, 20 selected Petfinder shelter members will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help continue to transform the lives of the pets in their care. As part of the celebration, Petfinder families, advocates, members and fans are also encouraged to share their Petfinder adoption stories on social media by using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder.

Free New Adopter Kit from Purina

New adopters (cats/dogs only) can get a free adoption kit, courtesy of Purina and Petsmart:


Details on the adopter kit is on the Petfinder website.

5 Ways My Life is Weirder with My Petfinder Pets

At the end of the day, my life is #BetterWithPets, and decidedly more weird. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. When we’re expecting houseguests, we now have to do a sweep of the living room and family room — it’s where Reno likes to deposit my underpants after rifling through the laundry.
  2. The cube of butter, even though firmly protected within the butter dish, usually displays a swirl of tongue marks. Reno will raid the cupboard in which the butter dish is kept, pry off the cover and consume as much butter as he can before he’s busted. skunk-odor-removerThe weird thing: I’ve discovered I don’t mind tongue marks on my butter. Got tired of scraping them off.
  3. Banzai LOVES skunks and wants to be BFFs with them in the worst way. I’ve had to master the art of prying Banzai away from sniffing a skunk’s butt more times than anyone would believe. (And yes, there was an “incident.” It did not reduce Banzai’s ardor in the slightest.)
  4. Reno likes to play in the toilet and splash as much water as possible on the bathroom floor. After struggling to bathe him after about the 10th time this happened, I made an executive decision not to do the baths in cases where there was nothing but water in the bowl. That’s right: I no longer mind snuggling with a cat who was doused in toilet water.
  5. tvWe’re not getting a flat panel TV for the family room because Reno loves to sit on top of the old TV and watch his programs upside down.

Upon reflection, I’m not so different from human parents who change their lifestyles to accommodate their children. True, most kids won’t wander the back yard looking for skunk butts to sniff, but still they changes your life in weird and wonderful ways.

Have You #MetYourPet on Petfinder?

If you haven’t, consider using the site the next time you are looking for a furry addition to your household. And please, take a minute to watch the video of pet owners who found the pets of their dreams on Petfinder so that they can make their goal of one million views and get that $200,000 donated to worthy shelters!

If you #metyourpet on Petfinder, tell your story on Facebook or other social media channel and add the hashtag #metyourpet!




THE FINE PRINT: This post was sponsored by Purina to promote Petfinder’s #metyourpet campaign and donate $200,000 to shelters across the country. 

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  1. Loren says:

    SOOOOO cute!

  2. we love that video

    we weren’t found on petfinder since we are all foster failures, but we recommend people use it all the time


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