Saving Pets Challenge – Second Bonus Challenge Winner Announced


German Shepherd

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…

World Animal Day 2014


black and white puppy header

World Animal Day was established in 1931 by a group of ecologists in Florence Italy as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species.  Nearly 85 years later, World Animal Day is now celebrated in every country and has expanded to include all animals, large and small, wild and domesticated, and the impact they have on our lives.

The date of October 4th was chosen to coincide with The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  Every country observes this holiday in their own unique way with festivities ranging from animal welfare-centric spelling bees for…

6 For the Love of a Pit Bull


2 pit bulls napping together

I have always loved dogs (and cats, and rabbits, and horses, and goats – but those are other blogs).  My mother had a purebred doberman when I was born and that dog and I were inseparable throughout my early years.  When she left us, as dogs always do too soon, there was a mischievous black Labrador.  He came to us as a puppy when I was in third grade and died after a long, full life while I was away at college.
So you could safely say that I grew up knowing what it is to love a dog, or…

National Walk Your Dog Week: Tips & 15% Off Dog Walking Gear


adopt & shop dog trainer with volunteers

National Walk Your Dog Week kicks off TODAY and we have a special video to share from our Adopt & Shop trainer extraordinaire Chelsea!  A daily walk or two is one of the most important things you can do for your dog.  Why?

  • A tired dog is less likely to indulge in destructive (but normal) behaviors like chewing, digging and barking.
  • Wanderlust is in your dog’s DNA and the desire to move, sniff, explore and mark is all part of natural pack behavior.
  • Walking reinforces a dog’s sense of well-being, which helps fulfill their emotional needs and keeps them happy.

Saving Pets Challenge Launches Today!


dog and cat in the grass

There’s some big news from Found Animals today – the Saving Pets Challenge to expand lifesaving programs in communities across the United States has kicked off!  We have put $100,000 of funding up for grabs in this first-of-its-kind program.  Competing animal welfare organizations use CrowdRise, one of the fastest growing online fundraising websites, to raise money for a program of their choice.
The three organizations that raise the most money during the challenge period get grants of $50,000, $20,000, and $10,000 from Found Animals.  Another $20,000 in bonus grants will be given out along the way.

One of the things…

4 Kitten Foster Friday: Single Mother’s Club


mom cat with nursing kittens

This weekend (September 26th through the 28th) we will be waiving the adoption fee on all available adult cats at both Adopt & Shop locations. If you have been thinking about adoption, stop by and meet some of our incredible adult kitties in need of a good home!
As Annie M. pointed out in our #100KittyDays blog, it is not unheard of for California shelters to receive over one hundred kittens in a single day during the height of Kitten Season. With so many tiny, adorable balls of fluff in desperate need of help, it is easy to forget about…

4 Microchip Monday: What to do After You Adopt


couple with adopted puppy

Adopting a new pet is an extremely exciting event. It can also be an anxious time as it takes a little while for new animals to settle in and form a comfortable routine. Inevitably, there is a lot of new information to take in and one thing that needs to be dealt with after adoption is your new pet’s microchip!

99% of the time, animals adopted from shelters or rescues will already be microchipped by the facility. But what about the registration? This part really differs from group to group but we have one course of action you should follow,…

Stamping out Suffering: Puppy Mill Awareness Day


Photo courtesy of Julie Wolfson

When you see a cute puppy in the window of a pet store, your first thought is probably not where that puppy came from.  That’s why many people don’t know that puppies offered for sale at a typical pet store, in the classifieds, or online, often come from puppy mills.
Puppy mills are an issue that we at Found Animals care deeply about.  So much so that we have been an integral part of bringing “humane model” pet retail into our Los Angeles communities.  A “humane model” pet store is one that pulls healthy, adoptable pets from local shelters to…