Petfinder is a leading online resource facilitating pet adoptions. It maintains a massive, easily searchable directory of pets in need of homes, as well as animal shelters and adoption organizations all around North America.
The site is updated daily and defines its core goals as:
- Increasing public awareness of the availability of high-quality adoptable pets
- Increasing the overall effectiveness of pet adoption programs across North America to the extent that the euthanasia of adoptable pets is eliminated
- Elevating the status of pets to that of family members
Petfinder for Assistance Dog Partners
Although it’s dedicated to pet adoptions, the Petfinder website has some useful aspects for people looking to partner with a guide, hearing, or service dog—or who already have. And the information is reliable, current, and available for free.
Namely, the site includes a dog breed database to help choose an assistance dog breed, and it has plenty of articles about caring for a dog.
Petfinder Dog Breed Database
The Petfinder website’s dog breed database is an excellent tool to use at the outset of the assistance dog partnering process. Choosing the right breed to meet your needs, personal preferences, and lifestyle is essential to a successful partnership.
You can search for specific dog breeds, or peruse a list of more than 150 breeds. Select a breed to get a generalized but insightful overview of its size; temperament and personality; and particular health, grooming, and care considerations. There’s also some interesting history about each breed.
Petfinder’s Information for Assistance Dog Partners
As mentioned above, Petfinder also has a good deal of original dog health and care content that’s helpful to anyone who has a dog—so, not just pet parents, but also those partnered with a service, hearing, or guide dog. Finding sources for trustworthy, up-to-date information about caring for your assistance dog is of course an important part of being a responsible partner.
Petfinder offers several content categories of interest to people partnered with an assistance dog, including:
- Dog Health
- Dog Nutrition
- Caring for Dogs
- Dog Grooming
- Living with Your Dog
- Dog Problems
This content library is an excellent free resource that every assistance dog partner can browse to become better informed and reference when they have questions or concerns.