Petfinder.com and hundreds of shelters and rescue groups are participating in the annual Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program.
Across the country over 13,600 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the public to invite a pet home for the holidays. Their goal is to have each of these pets into a home by noon on December 21.
People interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need or who want more information about the program can visit the Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays home page on the Petfinder.com website.
The goal of the Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program is to spread awareness about fostering and to find temporary homes for adoptable pets while giving shelter workers and volunteers a much-needed break. Staff and volunteers at each organization will be available to answer questions about the fostering process and help select a pet who will be a good match for the foster family's lifestyle.
Created in 2009, the Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program was inspired by Greg Kincaid's book and movie, "A Dog Named Christmas," about a young man who sets out to convince his community to participate in a local animal shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."
Petfinder.com is the largest online, searchable database of animals that need permanent homes. With more than 370,000 adoptable pets from over 13,600 animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the USA, Canada and Mexico, Petfinder.com has facilitated more than 20 million adoptions since it was launched in 1996.