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Homeless pets at The Humane Society of Washington County in Maugansville now have more "byte."

May 20, 2002

Homeless pets at The Humane Society of Washington County in Maugansville now have more "byte."

The animal welfare organization has joined others in the state as a member of Petfinder.com. The Web site represents about 63,000 homeless animals at any one time in more than 3,500 shelters and rescue groups nationwide and in Canada.

Potential adopters can extend their search beyond the local area by entering search criteria on the Petfinder home page.

The computer generates a list of potential pets, ranked by proximity to the visitor's ZIP code.

All that's left to do is click on the animal's name for more information. Each shelter or rescue group handles its own adoptions.

Petfinder.com facilitated more than half a million adoptions last year alone.

Petfinder.com has taken some of the uncertainty out of adopting a pet.

Every dog or cat adopted from a Petfinder.com member shelter or rescue group in this state is eligible for a gift of the first two months of ShelterCare pet health insurance, paid for by Petfinder.com.

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The ShelterCare program is owned by Pethealth Inc., which also owns the PetCare Pet Insurance programs.

Petfinder.com has partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for shelter outreach. The ASPCA also provides an extensive library on the site, giving pet owners a one-stop resource for pet-related issues.

Thanks to its sponsors, Petfinder.com is free to potential adopters and to shelters and rescue groups.

As part of its commitment to animal welfare, Purina signed on as the Web site's premier sponsor.

Other sponsors are Bissell Homecare Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, and Petco, a national pet supply retailer that promotes dog and cat adoption through in-store adoption centers and gift books of coupons for adopted pets.

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