About our Partnership
Petfinder has partnered with ThunderShirt to help put your adoptable pets at ease. ThunderShirt is a proven solution for many types of canine anxiety including noise, crate, travel, stranger and separation anxieties. Over 85% of ThunderShirt users are reporting significant improvement in anxiety symptoms. ThunderShirt has already helped many tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and the early results for cats look just as impressive. Cat owners and veterinarians are amazed by the positive impact a ThunderShirt can have with cats.
Donate-A-ThunderShirt Program for Petfinder Members
The Donate-A-ThunderShirt program lets your supporters provide a ThunderShirt for each cat or dog in your care who could benefit from one. Place a link on your Petfinder website – and your supporters can provide ThunderShirts for your cats and dogs. If you are already participating in the dog program simply email email@example.com to have the cat option added to your account. Those who are new to the program can get started by visiting the following link: http://shelter.thundershirt.com/shelterBanner.aspx
- Click the link for the registration form (if you have not already registered with ThunderShirt) and enter your organization’s information
- Choose the graphic you want to use on your page
- Enter your Petfinder Shelter ID (use capital letters, e.g. NJ56)
- Click in the empty box below and it will fill with code generated specifically for your group
- Copy that code in the bottom box and paste it into your website
This will create the graphic you selected with a code assigned to you. When your supporters click on it, they will be taken to a special page created specifically for your organization. From there, they can purchase a ThunderShirt for only $27.00 (deeply discounted from the retail price of $39.95) with FREE shipping and ThunderShirt will send it directly to you!
Wholesale Program for Petfinder Members
Your organization can buy ThunderShirts, and other ThunderWorks products, at wholesale for your own cats and dogs or resell them to adopters as a fundraiser. Petfinder members can buy any ThunderWorks product at a 50% discounted price (5 unit minimum order) for your own adoptable pets as well as for resale to adopters whose new pets want to head home with their very own ThunderWorks products. If you do choose to sell ThunderShirts or any other ThunderWorks products through this program, they must be resold following all Minimum Advertised Pricing Agreements (double the cost you pay for any item). Some of the new products included in ThunderWorks’ expanded product line include: ThunderLeash, ThunderSweater, ThunderCoat, ThunderSpray, ThunderToy and ThunderTreats! View the full line of ThunderWorks products.
Just click here to go to ThunderWorks.com and sign up as a wholesaler. Be sure to tell them that you are a Petfinder member organization!
How ThunderShirt Works
With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most cats and dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 85% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt. The early results for cats look just as impressive. With its patented design, the new ThunderShirt for Cats applies gentle, constant pressure to the torso and this pressure has a dramatic calming effect for cats. Cat owners and veterinarians are amazed by the positive impact a ThunderShirt can have with cats.
As for WHY ThunderShirt’s gentle pressure works to calm pets, experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. For example:
People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety.
Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus.
TTouch dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties.
Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations.
Until now, there just hasn’t been a well-designed, inexpensive pressure wrap commonly used for pet anxiety. ThunderShirt is changing that! Thousands of veterinarians and trainers now recommend ThunderShirts for their anxiety cases.
How to Use ThunderShirt: Cats
ThunderShirt is an excellent treatment for many types of cat anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, we recommend just putting on a ThunderShirt and observing the results. You very well may see significant improvement for vet visits, travel, grooming, general fearfulness and others with no training. If your cat appears to not want to move in her ThunderShirt (what we term the “Freeze & Flop”), don’t worry! Please see our FAQ for instructions on how to work with this. For more complicated anxiety cases, we also recommend using ThunderShirt as part of a behavior modification program.
How to Use ThunderShirt: Dogs
ThunderShirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, we recommend just putting on a ThunderShirt and observing the results (No training!). You very well may see significant improvement for noise, crate, travel, barking and others with absolutely no training. For more complicated anxiety cases, we recommend using ThunderShirt as part of a behavior modification program.
One thing is for certain, for a very large percentage of dogs, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a terrific calming effect. This has obvious benefits for most types of anxiety. But ThunderShirt is also a very useful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on the leash, or in a training environment. ThunderShirt’s calming effect helps a dog to focus (or refocus) her energies in a more constructive direction, allowing training to be more effective.