The site currently has over 200,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously. More than 10,800 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site.
Rescued pets can be viewed at www.petfinder.com/shelters/SD33.html. A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet wanted, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the zip code entered.
Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies.
Petfinder.com was created in early 1996 as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the site has facilitated approximately 15 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.