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Author: Toni Morgan

Rain_7My husband and I first met Rain in August of 2005 shortly after moving into our first house. After searching for weeks, we finally found her available for adoption at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. We instantly fell in love with her sweet face just from her pictures online. As I was driving there to meet her in person I hoped that she would have the personality to match and she did not disappoint.

Rain (a.k.a. Brains, as she affectionately became known as) easily became a part of our family and it was like she had always been with us. You could count on her waiting the door when we would come home from work, happy and excited to see us! She LOVED to ride in the car, play tug-o’-war with her rope toys or fetch with her ball, but she was also just content to be near us no matter what we were doing.

She became fast friends with almost everyone she met and over the years, as we added new dogs to our family, people who knew her would always comment on how Rain was their favorite! She loved kids, especially our two nephews who would never leave her side when they came to visit.

A few weeks ago, I started to notice that she wasn’t her normal active self, but I chalked it up to her getting older and just slowing down. However, after a visit to the vet she was diagnosed with Lymphoma and the vet estimated that she only had about 1-3 months left with us. Needless to say, my husband and I were devastated. Unfortunately, her disease was more advanced than the vet thought and her health went downhill very quickly. Four days later we made the difficult decision to let her go.

She was a large part of our life and her presence is definitely missed in our home. I feel blessed to have had almost 10 years with her. When she passed I told my husband that I was glad that we found her that day and he said, “No, she found us!” She was meant to be ours and even though she is gone she will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

We love you, Brains, and we miss you so much!–Mike & Toni Morgan

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Author: Toni Morgan

Little Boy
Little Boy

Cheryl Conway from Aurora Animal Shelter in Aurora, Col., which received our SNAP-X spay/neuter grant, shared with us how one of the pets who benefited from the grant, a cat named Little Boy, found his new home, as told to her by his adopters:

“Our new little boy caught my heart with his sweet little face. He was eager to be petted and climbed into my arms the moment I opened his cage. The way he grabbed my fingers and pulled them to kiss them was the final straw. He snuggled in my arms, purring and content, and I was sold.

Vicki Medina and her new “Little Boy”
Adopter Vicki Medina and Little Boy

“We came back to visit him for three days. He came home with us the third day. We are happy to have him join our family!”


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Author: Toni Morgan

smiling bear
Meet Bear, the inspiration for FETCH!

FETCH, the newest adventure/arcade game from Big Fish Games, features a little boy named Milo and his quest to rescue his beloved dog, Bear, who’s based on a real-life pooch adopted through

Game director Chris Campbell adopted the real-life Bear from Saving Grace Rescue in Granger, Wash., in 2008. After Chris and his wife’s beloved dogs, Salvador and Izzy, passed away, they decided to adopt. After searching through hundreds of photos on Petfinder, they found Bear and knew right away that he was the one for them.

As Chris and Bear bonded, Chris started thinking about how he could share the love that he feels for Bear in a fun way. Since Chris works with games for a living, he thought that featuring Bear in a heartwarming game about a boy and his dog would be the ultimate tribute to his best friend.

But FETCH is more than just a tribute to Bear — it’s a love letter to all furry friends: In addition to Bear, more than 200 other real-life dogs are featured in the game. These dogs are all Big Fish Games employee pets or pets of family members and friends who wanted their pets featured in the game.

The game’s makers had the plot, a classic “boy and his dog” story, but they needed to add a fun, engaging, quirky action element. In the game, Bear is nabbed one stormy night by a mysterious fire hydrant (the real-life Bear loves to pee on every fire hydrant on his daily walks, it was only fitting that one be included in the game based on him). Players must then guide Milo in his quest to rescue his dog. Along the way, they are faced with challenges that include reuniting the Three Blind Mice, rescuing a giant alligator, exploring Pirate Islands, defeating aliens and more.

Because Chris and his wife found Bear on Petfinder, Chris wanted to give back in some way. That’s how the partnership between Big Fish Games and the Petfinder Foundation was born, and at the end of FETCH you’ll see the Petfinder logo. I am personally very excited to be involved in this partnership because I LOVE online games, and to find one that gives back to homeless pets was a double win!

Check out FETCH on iTunes, download it at the app store on your iPhone or iPad, or play the online version.

Read more about FETCH and Bear.


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Author: Toni Morgan

ASPCA Throughout the year, the ASPCA recognizes employees’ exceptional contributions to the ASPCA and its mission. Each honoree receives a gift certificate redeemable for a grant to their favorite animal welfare organization from the ASPCA Grants Department. In 2012 the Petfinder Foundation was selected by an ASPCA employee to receive their honorary $500 grant for general operating purposes.

We are very grateful to the ASPCA for their support in furthering our mission to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a good home!

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