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King County area pets go online

Charlie's Guardian Angels, Seattle and The Pit Stop, Maple Valley, recently have joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on www.petfinder.com.

The site – one of the oldest and largest databases of adoptable animals on the Internet – has more than 329,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.

More than 13,600 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. Pets may be viewed at www.petfinder.com.

A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, 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 20 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.

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