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Abbie Moore, Executive Director, (800) 728-3273 x43, abbie@Adopt-a-Pet.com

Organization Background

Adopt-a-Pet.com (formerly 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com) is North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website with over 7,000 public and private animal shelters and humane societies posting their pets for adoption. Over 1,500,000 unique visitors a month search by zip code and other preferences to see photos and descriptions of pets for adoption in their area.

News

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Adopt-a-Pet.com Encourages Department of Homeland Security to Consider Recruiting Shelter Dogs for Sniffer Duty, Offers Help

North America’s largest non-profit pet-adoption web service, Adopt-a-Pet.com, expressed hope today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would include qualified shelter dogs in its plan to add 3,000 new sniffer canines to its ranks, and offered to head up a nationwide search on behalf of the Department.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 23, 2010

North America’s largest non-profit pet-adoption web service, Adopt-a-Pet.com, expressed hope today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would include qualified shelter dogs in its plan to add 3,000 new sniffer canines to its ranks, and offered to head up a nationwide search on behalf of the Department.

Commenting on the Los Angeles Times story, which outlines the Department’s plans to purchase 3,000 additional sniffer dogs at an average cost of $4,535 each, Adopt-a-Pet.com executive director Abbie Moore said, “There are thousands of wonderful, energetic, and highly-trainable dogs in U.S. animal shelters who would be perfect for the Department of Homeland Security’s current needs. In addition to saving 3,000 worthy lives, recruiting shelter dogs makes fiscal sense and stands to save taxpayers well over $1 million. I can’t think of a downside to adopting versus buying these dogs. It’s the humane and prudent thing to do.”

The Department of Homeland security has expressed a preference for Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, German shepherd dogs, and Dutch shepherds. A search of the Adopt-a-Pet.com site alone reveals over 4,000 purebred adoptable dogs matching that criteria, and another 12,000 qualified mixed-breed shepherds and retrievers. Says Moore, “We at Adopt-a-Pet.com would be honored to assist the Department of Homeland Security in locating and screening potential canine candidates in animal shelters nationwide.”

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ADOPT-A-PET.COM PAYS TRIBUTE TO FRIEND AND SUPPORTER RUE MCLANAHAN

June 3rd, 2010

Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com, released the following statement regarding the death of actress Rue McClanahan, whose image appears on the non-profit’s web site: “Everyone at Adopt-a-Pet.com is extremely saddened to hear of Rue McClanahan’s passing.  Ms. McClanahan, a noted animal lover, generously donated her time, energy, and likeness in support of pet adoption by appearing in an episode of our web series, The Save-a-Pet Show.  She also appears on the Adopt-a-Pet.com web site, fittingly, on the page where visitors can search for a shelter cat to adopt (http://www.adoptapet.com/cat-adoption).  We’ve always thought of her as our ‘Cat Ambassador’, greeting and encouraging all who come to Adopt-a-Pet.com with the intention of saving a cat’s life.

“In the episode of the Save-a-Pet Show in which she appears, Ms. McClanahan revealed the bottomless compassion she felt for all animals, dogs and cats alike.  In fact, she said, during the filming of The Golden Girls, she had eight cats and six dogs, all adopted from shelters or rescued as strays from the streets.  We thank you, Rue, for everything you’ve done to spread the word about pet adoption and the great example you’ve set as a wonderful human being.”

Adds Dr. Pia Salk, who interviewed Ms. McClanahan in the episode of The Save-a-Pet Show: “Rue graciously invited us into her home to shoot the episode and we surprised her by bringing some shelter kittens with us. There was a very sweet ‘little girl’ quality to her that comes out in the episode as she cuddles each shelter kitten and helps me name them! She was really lovely and so genuinely concerned for these kittens specifically, as well as the overall plight of shelter animals. She will be sorely missed by 2 –and-4 -leggers alike.”

The Save-a-Pet Show can be viewed here:  http://www.adoptapet.com/save-a-pet-show/index.html , or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_lTujC5bBw

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Adopt-a-Pet.com Catches Your Pet Playing Poker All Night; Oscar Winning Technologists Support Homeless Pet Adoption With a New iPhone App

Now you can insert your pet into those famous paintings of dogs playing poker and raise money for shelter pets

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 3, 2010

iMatte Inc., the creative team behind Ultimatte Corporation announced today the launch of their new iPhone App, which allows users to seamlessly insert their pet into three famous paintings from the 1903 Brown and Bigelow calendar of dogs playing poker!

"These famous paintings of dogs playing poker capture a truth all pet owners understand", says iMatte CEO, Paul Vlahos. "These creatures have unique personalities, emotions, sense of humor, in essence, a precious soul. When we saw our pets at the poker table with the other dogs, it was priceless. We knew we had something that could help all pets in need, so we contacted Adopt-a-Pet.com."

A percentage of the proceeds from each app download goes to Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit homeless pet adoption website. Adopt-a-Pet.com, which displays pets for adoption at 9,000 animal shelters across North America is sponsored by Purina, Bayer Animal Health, and North Shore Animal League America.

"When I saw the app, I just thought is was so much fun, and I knew people would be telling their friends about it. We are so happy that the app will help promote awareness of our free service and help get great pets into loving homes." says Adopt-a-Pet.com President and co-founder, David Meyer begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

The "Mix It Up With Adopt-a-Pet.com" app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store. Additional apps will follow soon with other images to immortalize your pet in spectacular ways. Says Vlahos, "We developed this technology to entertain, and we are happy to bring this medium to iPhone users and benefit homeless pets."

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Adopt-a-Pet.com and Bayer Animal Health Expand Their Efforts to Help Animal Shelters and Homeless Pets

Abbie Moore - Adopt-a-Pet.com, "Bayer is providing Adopt-a-Pet.com with funding and opening doors for us in the veterinary community that will allow us to greatly increase pet adoptions at almost 9,000 shelters who are signed up to post their dogs, cats, and other adoptable pets on Adopt-a-Pet.com. This is a great example of a corporation stepping up to the plate to do good in the world."

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 7, 2010

Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit homeless pet adoption website, and Bayer Animal Health, makers of Advantage and K9 Advantix, today announced the kick-off of a major sponsorship in which Bayer will be helping fund and expand the operations of Adopt-a-Pet.com.

"Bayer is providing us with funding and opening doors for us in the veterinary community that will allow us to greatly increase pet adoptions at almost 9,000 shelters who are signed up to post their dogs, cats, and other adoptable pets on Adopt-a-Pet.com. This is a great example of a corporation stepping up to the plate to do good in the world", said Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com.

"We are pleased to be supporting Adopt-a-Pet.com, and therefore helping not only thousands of animal shelters across North America, but also the millions of pets who pass through their doors each year"
added Bob Walker, Bayer Animal Health Director of Communications. |

"Our company has a strong commitment to promoting the health of companion animals, and that certainly starts with getting these wonderful adoptable dogs and cats out of the animal shelters and into permanent loving homes".

Bayer and Adopt-a-Pet.com will be working to increase awareness of Adopt-a-Pet.com and its programs, with a specific goal of enlisting the help of veterinarians in promoting homeless pet adoption. "We are so happy to see companies such as Bayer and Purina do so much to help homeless pets get into loving homes", says Moore. Bayer Animal Health now joins Purina PetCare and North Shore Animal League America as the exclusive sponsors of Adopt-a-Pet.com.

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A Merlot for the Mutts: A California winery helps promote shelter pet adoption nationally

Sonoma County, California winemaker Mutt Lynch Winery has announced its support of homeless pet adoption, using its wine to promote animal welfare awareness and donating $10,000 over the course of 2010 to North America's largest non-profit homeless pet adoption website, Adopt-a-Pet.com. Mutt Lynch Winery was born in 1995 combining our mutual passion for wine and all things dog.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 22, 2010

Sonoma County, California winemaker Mutt Lynch Winery has announced its support of homeless pet adoption, using its wine to promote animal welfare awareness and donating $10,000 over the course of 2010 to North America's largest non-profit homeless pet adoption website, Adopt-a-Pet.com.

Mutt Lynch Winery, founded in 1995, produces award-winning wines with dog-themed labels and supports local animal rescue organizations’ pet adoption efforts, hence its name. Now its efforts have, for the first time, gone national via its support of Adopt-a-Pet.com. Chris Lynch, co-founder and co-owner of the winery says, "We love dogs and cats, and literally millions of them are killed in shelters each year simply due to a lack of homes. We just wanted to get the word out about all these great mixed-breed and purebred puppies and kittens. They are great high-quality family pets."

"We are so happy to have this support," says Adopt-a-Pet.com co-founder David Meyer. "Our service is used by over 8,800 animal shelters and pet rescue organizations across the US and Canada and we currently have over 130,000 homeless pets listed on our site. We can only help these great future family members if we get the word out about Adopt-a-Pet.com, so the support of companies like Mutt Lynch Winery is so important to us."

Adding a touch of class to the animal welfare world, Mutt Lynch winery will be using its wines and its presence in stores across the country to help promote Adopt-a-Pet.com. Says, Lynch, "Let's lift a glass of wine in honor of homeless pet adoption, and invite everyone to go and adopt a dog, adopt a cat or even adopt a rabbit, and then celebrate!"

 

About Mutt Lynch Winery:
Mutt Lynch Winery was founded by husband and wife Chris and Brenda Lynch nearly 15 years ago with two very important aims – produce excellent wines at its winery in Sonoma County and use its winery and wines to support nonprofit animal rescue organizations across the country whenever and wherever feasible. These dual passions have made Mutt Lynch Winery the most recognized “dog-friendly” artisan winery in the country. Their wines sport dog-centric labels, such as Unleashed Chardonnay, Fou Fou le Blanc Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot Over and Play Dead and Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon.

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ADOPT-A-PET.COM AND SHEPARD FAIREY ANNOUNCE "LEAD BY EXAMPLE" LIMITED EDITION PRINT TO HELP HOMELESS PET CRISIS

LOS ANGELES - September 22, 2009 - Following the tremendous response to the original red and blue Limited Edition ADOPT image release earlier this year, Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption web service, announces the upcoming gold and black Shepard Fairey "Lead By Example" print release.

"Homeless pets urgently need us to take the lead and speak out on their behalf, now more than ever," said Shepard Fairey. "The 'Lead By Example' ADOPT image is a powerful one and it is my hope that this new print will give people a way to advocate for these animals and show their support for pet adoption."

According to Adopt-a-Pet.com Spokesperson Dr. Pia Salk, who initiated the ongoing collaboration with Fairey, "The 'Lead By Example' image is really a call to action to raise awareness for the plight of shelter animals nationwide. Shepard's dedication to all victims of injustice, regardless of species, provides an example of what it means to 'Lead By Example.'"

Salk added, "The economic downturn is hitting these animals harder than ever. Record numbers of loyal family pets are being relinquished to already overcrowded shelters. And budget cuts further compound the tragedy, as shelters are now getting even less funding to provide needed care."

California budget cuts recently led to a suspension of The Hayden Law, a bill that required California shelters to hold all incoming animals for a minimum of four to six days. The reduction to a one to three day hold gives lost and relinquished pets even less chance to be found or to secure safety before they are in danger of being killed.

"Sadly, these innocent animals are paying the price for our crisis with their lives. We at Adopt-a- Pet.com are more committed than ever to getting the millions of great shelter animals currently waiting to be adopted, seen, saved and into loving homes. Proceeds from the print purchase will help support pet adoption," said Salk.

Signed/numbered screen prints (limited edition run of 400) will go on sale Thurs., Sept. 24 at a random time. The first red/blue ADOPT print by Shepard Fairey sold out in under 90 minutes, so this latest version is also predicted to go fast. Each print will be numbered and signed by Shepard Fairey and priced at $200 each.

T-shirts, dog bandanas and stickers with the ADOPT image are also available for those who wish to show their support for this lifesaving cause. To purchase Shepard Fairey ADOPT print and merchandise and to sign up for alerts of future print sales, visit www.adoptapet.com and click the link to sign up.
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CELEBRITIES USE TWITTER TO SAVE SHELTER PETS' LIVES

Adopt-a-Pet.com launches "TwitterACritter" campaign with help from Kevin Nealon, Alyssa Milano, and others.

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 25, 2009 - Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption web service, announces the official launch of TwitterACritter, a new social media campaign that uses Twitter to spread the word about adoptable pets in shelters.

On the campaign web site, www.TwitterACritter.com, pet lovers can select one of the 130,000 homeless dogs, cats, and other pets listed on Adopt-a-Pet.com and tweet a link to that pet's information.

"TwitterACritter is a fun, easy way for people to actively save the life of a shelter pet, even if they can't adopt one themselves or afford to donate," says Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com. "Homeless pets are powerless to promote themselves to potential adopters, so it's up to those of us who love animals to lend a hand, and a set of thumbs, and tweet about them. In these difficult economic times, when so many pets are being relinquished to shelters, they need our help more than ever."

Already the campaign has gotten a boost from several celebrities who have participated and encouraged their Twitter followers to do the same. Since the TwitterACritter feature became available two weeks ago, Kevin Nealon, Alyssa Milano, Denise Richards, Kristin Chenoweth, and several other celebrities have taken up the cause and tweeted links to shelter pets listed on Adopt-a-Pet.com. According to Moore, "In each case, immediately after the celebrity's tweet, hundreds of their followers tweeted homeless pets as well... and their followers tweet, and so on and so on. The celebrities create an avalanche of compassion."

"The bottom line is that if enough people see a shelter pet, that pet gets adopted. There is no better way to expose shelter pets to as many potential adopters as possible than through Twitter," continues Moore. "It's no exaggeration to say that a single tweet can save a life. Imagine the impact it would have if everyone tweeted just one critter a day!"
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Adopt-a-Pet.com, a nationwide database of needy animals, recently launched a new social media campaign that uses Twitter to spread the word about adoptable pets in shelters.

Pet lovers can go to www.TwitterACritter.com and select one of 130,000 animals listed on Adopt-a-Pet.com and tweet a link to that pet's information.

Among the critters listed include dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, bunnies, gerbils, horses, amphibians, and farm animals. All of the animals are available from over 8,000 shelters and rescue groups, including many from NYC Animal Care & Control shelter.

"Homeless pets are powerless to promote themselves to potential adopters, so it's up to those of us who love animals to lend a hand, and a set of thumbs, and tweet about them," says Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com. Among the celebs that have tweeted for the sake of the animals include newlywed Alyssa Milano, funnyman Kevin Nealon, and reality star Denise Richards. And when Milano tweets, many of her 160,000 followers listen.

For example, a recent RT (return tweet) Milano recently sent out to on the Twittersphere helped raise money for a chocolate lab that was rescued after collapsing in front of a home in Culebra, Puerto Rico.

To learn more about TwitterACritter visit Twitteracritter.com. You can follow the campaign at www.twitter.com/tweetacritter.
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Adopt-A-Pet.Com Launches 'Social Petworking' Campaign To Empower Internet Users To Help Get Homeless Animals Adopted

With the economic disaster contributing to a drastic increase in homeless pets, Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption web service, today launched a unique "Social PETworking" campaign to encourage users of social networking websites to advertise adoptable pets to their friends as a way to help homeless pets get seen and adopted.

Social PETworking is a grassroots way for pet lovers to actively spread the word about individual pets in local shelters who need homes

Using the power of tools like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and email, anyone can help save a life with just a few clicks of a mouse.

What better way to address the startling increase in pets being relinquished to shelters than to empower Internet users with a fun, easy way to actually save lives

Social PETworking enables anyone who cares about pets, including those who are not able to adopt, to be advocates for these pets and for pet adoption overall.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 4, 2009 -- With the economic disaster contributing to a drastic increase in homeless pets, Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption web service, today launched a unique "Social PETworking" campaign to encourage users of social networking websites to advertise adoptable pets to their friends as a way to help homeless pets get seen and adopted. To kick off the campaign, Adopt-a-Pet.com has declared June as "Social PETworking Month" and has set a goal of networking at least 30,000 homeless pets in the first 30 days. Adopt-a- Pet.com is also giving away a year's supply of Purina ONE(r) pet food to a lucky pet lover who visits their website to help with Social PETworking. "Social PETworking is a grassroots way for pet lovers to actively spread the word about individual pets in local shelters who need homes," said Dr. Pia Salk, human-animal bond expert and spokesperson for Adopt-a-Pet.com. "Using the power of tools like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and email, anyone can help save a life with just a few clicks of a mouse." Anyone who cares about homeless pets is invited to participate by taking the following simple actions:

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ADOPT-A-PET.COM LAUNCHES EFFORT TO SAVE THE LIVES OF RABBITS, HORSES, PIGS AND OTHER PETS VICTIMIZED BY ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

Non-profit online pet-search service already helping dogs and cats expands focus to include other species in need

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 2, 2009 - Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website, today announced the expansion of its pet adoption database to include rabbits, horses, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, farm-type animals and other small pets. This is in addition to the already extensive Adopt-a-Pet.com database of cats and dogs available for adoption across the nation.

"We expanded our database because there are many other pets aside from cats and dogs that need loving homes," said David Meyer, founder and president of Adopt-a-Pet.com. "It's a very timely expansion because the state of the economy and home foreclosures are causing many people across the nation to relinquish their pets to shelters. Our new search database will allow people from anywhere to access photos and descriptions of pets available for adoption from rabbits to birds."

Every year in the U.S., over seven million adoptable cats and dogs are killed mainly due to pet overpopulation. That number doesn't take into account the many other types of pets that are also homeless and often put to sleep.

"Over 100,000 adoptable dogs and cats are currently on our site, where they can be seen by millions of potential adopters, and thanks to a grant from Petsmart Charities, we are thrilled to be able to extend a hand to animals of other species as well," said Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com. "We can't wait to help animal shelters and rescue groups find homes for all the types of pets in their care."

The new search database is currently up and running at Adopt-a-Pet.com. Click here to adopt a rabbit, adopt a horse, adopt a bird, or search all new species -- http://www.adoptapet.com/other-pet-adoption.



Shepard Fairey posters for web

TIME MAGAZINE’S ICON MAKER OF THE YEAR, ARTIST SHEPARD FAIREY, JOINS ADOPT-A-PET.COM TO KICK OFF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

Announcing the unveiling of Adopt-a-Pet.com’s ADOPT Campaign featuring a new iconic image created by Shepard Fairey, and modeled on Fairey's Obama "HOPE" poster

WHAT: Adopt-a-Pet.com’s ADOPT Campaign launch will unveil an image developed by Shepard Fairey, the artist widely known for his Barack Obama "HOPE" image. What better advocate could our nation’s shelter animals have than artist Shepard Fairey, the man TIME magazine named “Icon Maker” of the year!

Now the artist who made Obama an icon though his art, has gotten behind the plight of our furry U.S. residents in an effort to save the lives of animals currently awaiting adoption in shelters across the country. Fairey developed an ADOPT image featuring a mutt that will serve as the national campaign centerpiece to raise awareness about the importance of adopting pets and to provide the animals of our country with hope and positive change too. Fairey has made an icon out of the American mutt, proving that every mutt is truly a masterpiece! Pets are non-partisan and so is this effort to unite Americans in ending the killing of five to seven million adoptable shelter animals per year. A new Web site to promote the image and encourage people to wear it and share it will launch in conjunction with the campaign, and a series of national initiatives.

Our nation’s shelters are filled to capacity with all kinds of amazing adoptable animals including, as Obama put it, “Mutts like me.” So in the spirit of hope and progress, Adopt-A-Pet.com is taking this opportunity to promote the inherent worth of all shelter animals, whether mutts or pure breeds!

“On the heels of Obama’s comment, I got a call from Pia Salk, an animal advocate who works with North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, Adopt-a-Pet.com,” said Fairey. “As most of you know, I’m a big believer in speaking up for all who suffer injustice, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or in this case, species! And I’m all for adopting from the shelter. The image I created for this print reminds me of a dog I had as kid, a mutt named Honey. I have created a limited edition run of 400 signed and numbered silk-screen prints that will be available through Adopt-A-Pet.com. Proceeds will go to getting the furry non-partisan U.S. residents, who share our country, saved and into homes.”

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 10:00 a.m. Sharp One-on-one interviews available following the news conference

WHERE: Sunset Gallery 1321 West Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026

ONSITE CONTACT: Scott Samson Cell: (323) 632-7075 scott@samsonpr.com

Shepard Fairey ADOPT poster for web


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November 11, 2008 - Press conference launches new national campaign to support Obama adopting a shelter dog and "Pardoning a Pooch"- www.PresidentialPoochPardon.com

Adopt-a-Pet.com, the nation's largest non-profit pet adoption website, has launched a national campaign and website called "PresidentialPoochPardon.com", using a Barack Obama-themed campaign website and messages such as "Yes We Can ADOPT" to gather signatures in support of the new President-Elect adopting a shelter dog.

In his first press conference, President-Elect Barack Obama stated his interested in adopting a puppy for his daughters, but expressed that Malia is allergic to dogs and needs a hypoallergenic breed. Obama was concerned that this was in conflict with his desire to adopt from a shelter. "Many pets in shelters across the nation are hypoallergenic purebreds and mixed breeds", says David Meyer, President of Adopt-a-Pet.com. "Common hypoallergenic breeds include Poodles, Schnauzers, certain Terriers, and mixes of those and many other breeds as well. There is no conflict at all between needing a hypoallergenic dog and adopting from a shelter."

Obama's interest in adopting has spawned an outpouring of support in the animal welfare community and an avalanche of interest across the country and the world. "Searches for adoptable pets have increased noticeably on our national pet-adoption website." adds Meyer. "Certainly if the President-Elect realizes that he can easily get the hypoallergenic dog he needs, his adopting a shelter dog will inspire the whole nation to do the same, and will help get the word out about the millions of pets in shelters who do not get adopted each year." Meyer added with a smile, "Whether you were a 'Bark' Obama or a 'McCainine' supporter, everybody can support shelter adoption".

September 24, 2008 -- To support and promote animal welfare groups' efforts, Care2 (www.care2.com) and Adopt-a-Pet.com are sponsoring "America's Favorite Animal Shelter" contest. The animal shelter or rescue group that receives the most votes will be awarded the grand prize of $10,000. Please visit this page for the official press release: http://ca.prweb.com/releases/Care2/AdoptAPet/prweb1375994.htm

Sept. 10, 2008 - 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com has changed its name to Adopt-a-Pet.com. We have simplified our name to make it easier to remember and type. Nestle Purina PetCare Company and Bayer HealthCare (with its Advantage/K9 Advantix and resQ microchip products) continue their sponsorship of the new Adopt-a-Pet.com in in an effort to enhance our charitable efforts to assist shelters in the care and adoption of homeless pets. The list of partner websites who display the Adopt-a-Pet.com database of pets continues to grow as well, with homeless pets now appearing on sites including MightyDog.com, PetSmart.com and others.