SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 15 Petfinder.com, the largestonline database of adoptable pets, announced today the launch of its Power tothe Paws program in which the Petfinder.com Foundation is giving more than $1million worth of generators to shelters and rescue groups across the country.
Petfinder.com, a network of more than 11,800 animal welfare organizations,found that many groups lack the tools they need to prepare for naturaldisasters and ensure the safety of their animals. With ongoing support fromMerial, the maker of HEARTGARD(R) (ivermectin) and FRONTLINE(R) brandproducts, and its Paws to Save Pets(SM) program, the Foundation is givinggenerators to eligible members that submit a grant application by October 1,2008.
"We think it is critical to provide shelters and rescues with resources toprepare for natural and man-made disasters," said Betsy Saul, co-founder ofPetfinder.com. "Petfinder.com is extremely thankful for Honda's help indistributing generators to animal welfare organizations and for thelong-lasting relationship we have with Merial. It is amazing to work with suchgreat corporations who understand the importance of our family pets and thehomeless animals in need."
To encourage community members to get involved and support their localshelters, Petfinder.com is also holding a voting contest athttp://www.petfinder.com/disasterprep . The two Petfinder.com shelters orrescue groups with the most votes on the site will each receive $5,000.Visitors can also take the Power to the Paws Disaster Preparedness Pledgewhich encourages individuals to protect their pet's safety and alleviate thestrain on their local animal welfare organizations.
"As our network grows, we have seen how quickly disasters can devastatecommunities unexpectedly. We now have more than 290,000 adoptable animalslisted on our site, and we want to ensure the safety of every single one,"said Saul.
Petfinder.com is an online, searchable database of animals that needpermanent homes. A directory of over 11,800 animal shelters and adoptionorganizations across the USA, Canada and Mexico, the organization's technologyhelps visitors search adoptable pets in their areas that fit their family'sindividual needs and preferences. In addition, Petfinder.com also offers awealth of information about how to select a family pet and how to raise andcare for an animal. The Web site is free to use. Animal shelters and placementgroups can register to join Petfinder.com online and can start entering petsthe same day. Petfinder.com was named one of TIME magazine's 50 Best Web Sitesof 2008.
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company,providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-beingand performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs more than 5,000people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2007 sales werenearly $2.5 billion. Merial Limited is a joint venture between Merck & Co.,Inc. and sanofi-aventis. For more information, please visit www.merial.com .CONTACT: Thea Linscott Katy Layton CooperKatz & Co. for Petfinder.com CooperKatz & Co. for Petfinder.com 917-595-3061 917-595-3057 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com