Weekly roundup to help you and your adoptable pets

by Kristen


Dear Petfinder Member,

First and foremost, we hope everyone is staying safe. We are reaching out to let you know that going forward, we will be bringing you weekly information and resources to help support you and your adoptable animals during these unprecedented times.

These weekly updates will help share some of the best ideas, tools and resources from around the animal welfare community.


In this uncertain economic time we liked this blog post by Jim Tedford (President & CEO of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement) and Trish Dewald (Executive Vice President, Phoenix Innovate) as it provides “recommendations that will help you traverse this stormy period and not just survive–but arrive safely on the other side with even stronger donor relations and engagement.”

Additionally, we would like to remind you that the Petfinder Foundation is now offering operation grants of up to $1,000 to help Petfinder members keep running during this crisis. Apply today.

*For questions related to these grants please contact foundation@petfinder.com.

Staying creative with your fundraising with limited resources may also be challenging, so check out what Gateway Pet Guardians and CARE STL are doing in the Saint Louis area to keep their donors engaged!


The pandemic has generated an urgent need for fosters. Not only can fosters create safe homes for your pets while you manage through a decrease in resources, but according to this article from Animal Sheltering, that includes three key steps to expand your foster network, “they will enable us to protect our most vulnerable community populations and the pets they love.”

If you live in a state that requires home checks for fosters, Holly from Best Friends Animal Society, has advice on how you can handle this situation in an emergency. Watch her video here.

Looking for foster volunteers? GreaterGood.org is “compiling a list of shelters and rescues looking for foster families, and matching those groups with fostering volunteers from our national community.” Just fill out this quick survey so they can better understand your needs and location.


As it is of the utmost importance to make every effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, we know this may impact how you are able to conduct adoptions.

To learn how some shelters and rescues are able to maintain social distancing through the adoption process, ASPCApro.org has compiled a terrific list of “Examples from the Field” in their ASPCA COVID-19 Information Hub.

We’d love to hear from you!

Want to share what’s working for you? Is there additional information you’d like to see from us? You can stay in touch by emailing outreach@petfinder.com