Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. It is also a directory of more than 13,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Organizations maintain their own home pages and available-pet databases. From the comfort of their personal computers, pet lovers can search for a pet that best matches their needs. They can then reference a shelter’s Web page and discover what services it offers. Petfinder also includes classified ads, discussion forums and a library of animal welfare articles.
Purina’s 85 years of pet expertise, combined with Petfinder’s reach, is helping put more adoptable pets in more homes. Together, we are working tirelessly to help these wonderful pets get the nutrition, training and publicity they need to find their forever families. Annually, we invest more than $10 million in pet welfare and pet communities across the country, with a portion of that going to pet-food and litter donations. And, we’re using our scale to do more than just donate. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with pet-welfare experts, to inspire pet lovers to get more involved, to change perceptions of shelter pets and to create more powerful bonds between pets and people.
This year, Orvis is partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to raise $60,000 for programs benefiting shelter dogs. Every donation to our Shelter Dog initiative will be matched up to $30,000 by Orvis. Over the past 15 years, Orvis has raised more than $10 million for a variety of conservation programs, from Kodiak Island, AK, to the Florida Everglades; from the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda to the great Coral Triangle of the South Pacific; and in dozens of vital fisheries through America and the world. Details of this and past years’ Orvis Customer Matching Grant projects can be seen at www.orvis.com/commitment.
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear® is the only global company that offers an interactive retail-entertainment experience where you can make your own stuffed animal. There are approximately 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Mexico. Since its inception, Build-A-Bear has focused its community outreach efforts on improving the lives of children, families and animals. Together the company and its guests have donated more than $41 million dollars to organizations supporting children’s health and wellness, domestic pets, literacy and education, and other important causes.