The Twelve Pets of Christmas


All I want for Christmas is a happy home! Save $50 off our adoption fees this December.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter,
The Twelve Pets of Christmas were in need of a helper.
For although these Twelve Pets have so much to offer,
These groups are ignored when it comes to adopters.

Group One is adult cats, aged nine months and up.
Why adopt only kittens? They’re cute, but grow up!
Fully grown cats need forever homes too,
Could one of these cats make its new home with you?

The next group of pets (and this one astounds):
Big, lovable dogs weighing forty-plus pounds.
A cuddly pooch you…

We Like Big Mutts and We Cannot Lie!



We like big mutts and we cannot lie!
You purebreds can’t deny,
That when a mutt walks up with an interesting face,
And spots all over the place,
You drop tongue, and you go “ruff, ruff!”
‘Cuz you know that mutt is tough!
Big heart and oh, so daring.
You’re hooked and you can’t stop staring!
I’m tired of the AKC, saying purebreds are the thing.
Keep your sire’s papers; keep your pedigree,
Only mixed breeds are for me!
So fellas, ladies, have you gone and got your mutt?
(Not yet!)
Adopt one, foster, LOVE that crazy mutt!
Get one…

SAWA 2014 Annual Conference Symposium Recap


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Written By: April H.
Many of us have heard the famous quote by Albert Einstein “If you always do what you always did, you will always get the what you always got.”  If there was one theme to the symposium at the SAWA 2014 Annual Conference this year, it was challenging our current ideas and beliefs in the animal welfare industry.
For those of you that were not able to attend, the National Council on Pet Population Research Symposium sponsored presentation after presentation that focused primarily on the impact and application of Behavioral Science in animal shelters.  It is rare…

Found Animals Gala: November 1, 2014


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On Saturday, November 1, Found Animals hosted its third annual gala in celebration of “Leaders in Animals Welfare.” The black-tie affair, at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, CA, was hosted by Dr. Gary Michelson and his wife Alya to recognize the business leaders, politicians, philanthropists and individuals from around the country who are contributing to the cause of reducing euthanasia in animal shelters.
The evening’s honorees included:
The Honorable Herb J. Wesson, Jr., President of the Los Angeles City Council, for his work in promoting pet adoption.  Council President Wesson has played a critical role in giving a voice…

Together, We Raised Over $1 Million Dollars for Companion Animals



The inaugural Michelson Saving Pets Challenge ended on October 30th, but we’re just now recovering from the excitement!
Together, the participating organizations raised over $899,658.  That means with Found Animals’ contribution of $115,000, we raised nearly $1,014,658 for pets.  It also marks the first ever, pet-focused Challenge in CrowdRise’s history.
In the final 24 hours, over $145,000 was raised by 39 charities vying for the grand prize.  Another $50,000 was raised during the final 10 minutes of the competition, making for an exciting end to the Challenge.   After all was said and done, Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society…

Pets for Patriots: Uniting Best Friends, One Hero at a Time



“There are no unwounded soldiers in war.  The end of your call of duty is just the beginning of your private battle.” – Charles Meshel, WWII Ball Turret Gunner 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group 708th Squadron, Phaneuf crew.
This sentiment, uttered by a WWII Veteran, underscores the important mission of our featured charity, Pets for Patriots. Pets for Patriots came to our attention during their participation in our Savings Pets Challenge, and after learning about their work, we couldn’t think of a better organization to highlight on this Veterans Day.
Pets for Patriots was born from an epiphany that…

10 Things You Can Do to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue



November 3-9 is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, when we give a collective “shout out” to all the dedicated shelter and rescue workers who care for the 6-8 million homeless animals who pass through their facilities each year.  This is a hard job, and for the most part, a thankless one.  The reward for most comes from the belief that they are making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  They are constantly underfunded, short staffed and in need of money and supplies, so this week we are highlighting a few things we can all do to…

Saving Pets Challenge – Second Bonus Challenge Winner Announced


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This week German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County took home $4,000 in prize money for winning the second Weekly Bonus Challenge of the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge. The objective this week was to get at least 5 donations to be eligible to win.
In an overwhelming response, over 70 charities qualified for this week’s bonus challenge, so amazing!  We want to thank all of the groups who have  worked so hard over the past 2 weeks to raise as much money as possible. The best part is that even if they didn’t win the Bonus Challenge, they get…

Saving Pets Challenge – First Bonus Challenge Winner Announced



The Saving Pets Challenge is in full swing as we announce the winner of the first Weekly Bonus Challenge, Angels n Paws Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless, abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the San Bernardino area.
Angels n Paws Rescue recently opened a Rescue Ranch in Devore, CA that will provide a comfortable, healthy, stimulating, and loving environment for the animals whilst they await their perfect home, or transfer to one of their out of state rescue partners. The Rescue Ranch also provides training for all rescued dogs, to ensure they have the best chance to…

Microchip Monday: Microchip Resources for Shelters


Found Animals Registry resources

If you’re still confused about how pet microchips work, chances are you’re not alone.  Believe it or not, even many animal professionals are baffled by the maze of microchip brands, scanner frequencies, and registries our pets must navigate to make it home.  The Water Bowl has plenty of microchip blogs for pet owners, but where do these professional shelter, veterinary, and clinic employees go to find the help they need?  The Found Animals Registry team has something for them, too.
Our foundation provides several resources that your local shelters, vets, and clinics can use to master and promote microchipping.  You…