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Finding Shelter

Finding Shelter is an amazing documentary about an English family who found themselves unexpectedly rescuing street animals in Bulgaria. The film shares how the family has shared love and compassion for the homeless animals in their town. It’s not just the animals who benefit though, an entire generation of people are learning compassion for the animals they once disregarded (and sadly, abused).

The family are true heroes. Please consider watching the film, which is available for purchase on iTunes. The film won the audience choice award from the The Animal Film Festival, and I can see why. The love and dedication the Rowles family has for their rescues is truly inspiring, and I am sure that you will fall in love with them when you watch the film.

Filmmaker Erin Parks is donating 10% of all proceeds to their shelter, as well as covering costs to get the film out to more places around the world! You can visit her Facebook page, and learn more about the film Finding Shelter, here.

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Today is Puppy Mill Awareness Day

September 19th is Puppy Mill Awareness Day. We think this is an important cause, and one that is dear to our hearts as we watched our Maltese, Baby, suffer from issues her entire life due to being a puppy mill puppy. We are grateful that more people are aware, and trying to improve, the conditions of puppies everywhere. Thanks to groups like National Mill Dog Rescue, mill dogs are finding love and forever homes. Today we want to share the story of Regina.

Regina is an English bulldog, former puppy mill breeding dog and now, beloved pet. She was rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue after being used for years to produce puppies to sell in pet stores and online. She had very little medical care during that time and so arrived in rescue with horrible dental problems, an infected former surgical site and several mammary tumors, not to mention the psychological problems from years of living in a wire cage.

Regina and the National Mill Dog Rescue won the 2016 Change a Pet’s Life Contest, securing a grant that covered Regina’s multiple surgeries and medical care.

She has a great home now, but National Mill Dog Rescue has many, many more dogs just like her that are still waiting for their first real homes. You can read more of Regina’s story here.

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Petfinder turns 20! #MetOnPetfinder

This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, our thoughts are our own.

Happy 20th anniversary Petfinder! One of our favorite websites, Petfinder has helped facilitate more than 25 million pet adoptions through its shelter and rescue member organizations. Anyone who has adopted a pet knows what a great addition they can be to the family. We would love to hear your stories in the comments!


Our dog Baby changed our lives forever when she became part of our family. I’ve told her full story here before, about how she brought my dad’s smile back after he had suffered two strokes. She took on the role of therapy dog without even realizing it. But there’s more to her story than that.

Baby was a puppymill puppy, and because of this she had a lot of health problems stemming from her breeding. Luckily she found us, and we found her. Our vet always told us how lucky Baby was to have us, because many would have just put her to sleep instead of doing the treatments needed. Well, this may be true, but we were the ones that were LUCKY. She brought a smile to our faces, warmth in our hearts, and even now that she has passed away, we are still smiling at the remembrance of her antics.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Petfinder is asking pet parents, pet lovers and pet advocates to join the celebration and its effort to donate $200,000 benefiting 20 shelter and rescue members. How? All you have to do is watch this video!

Please watch and share the video, and then share your Petfinder adoption stories on social media by using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder. When the one million views goal is met, 20 Petfinder shelter and rescue members will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help continue to transform the lives of the pets in their care and cultivate more lifelong relationships. And all you have to do is watch before October 24th!

More than 25 million pets and millions of pet parents can claim that they #MetOnPetfinder since the site was established in 1996 – that’s an average of 1.2 million pets per year who have found their forever homes via Petfinder.

Petfinder encourages adoption when adding a pet to your family. The website is easy to use, allowing you to search by zipcode and type of pet (and there are dogs, cats, small animals, reptiles, and more)! By removing barriers within the adoption process, Petfinder’s goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting people with pets. Petfinder has long been one of our favorite websites, and we are so happy to be able to help them celebrate their 20th anniversary!

Connect with them on social media:

Facebook: Petfinder
Twitter: @petfinder
Instagram: @petfinder

And don’t forget to share the video and your own adoption stories by using the #MetOnPetfinder hashtag! Let’s help them help more pets find forever homes.

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