March 15, 2011: Adopt the Internet Day

Photo © Susannah Kay


When I first met Quinn, he was a two to three month old pup with a soft orange and white coat and an even softer disposition.  That was two years ago and I often find myself reflecting on the fact that the life of this adorable dog I love so dearly came disastrously close to being purposefully ended.   

Quinn was one of many orphans in an overcrowded shelter in Bakersfield, California.  The notion of “no kill” is nonexistent there, which is why this shelter is a regular stop for a wonderful rescue organization called The Dog Spot ( Their hard working volunteers make it a habit to scour the California central valley pulling adult dogs slated for euthanasia out of shelters. On what will always be Quinn’s luckiest day, The Dog Spot volunteers made an exception and opted to rescue a few puppies as well.   

The Mighty Quinn Photo © Susannah Kay


The Dog Spot rescues are showcased on Petfinder ( and that’s exactly where my daughter began her search the minute our family agreed we were ready to add another dog to our family.  The Petfinder photo of Quinn captured her attention and his personality captured all of our hearts.  It has been an ongoing love affair ever since.  

Why am I telling you all of this?  The organizers of Petfinder are asking us to do something special in honor of their 15th birthday.  They would like us to join together online on Tuesday, March 15th to promote the adoption of homeless pets.  Frankly, I’m willing to do most anything Petfinder asks of me.  Not only did they help my family find the world’s cutest dog, they work tirelessly to do a fabulous job rehoming millions of wonderful animals each and every year.  Petfinder is truly remarkable and I am profoundly grateful to this fabulous organization.   


Please, will you join the “Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet Day” effort on March 15th?  Email your dog loving friends and relatives.  Feel free to share this blog post with them.  Heck, write a blog post of your own! Together we will increase awareness about adopting homeless pets and hopefully create the kinds of happy endings that Quinn and my family have enjoyed.  

Do you have your own story about adopting a homeless pet?  We’d love to hear it.   Know of an animal who needs a home?  On March 15th, please post a photo along with adoption contact information on my Facebook page (  

Best wishes for good health,  

Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on Facebook  

Please visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.

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8 Comments on “March 15, 2011: Adopt the Internet Day

  1. Pingback: * Today, Internet Users Join to Spread the Good Word About Pet Adoption « AnimalsOurEVERYTHING!

  2. Dr. Kay,
    Thank you so much for this post. I am excited about participating, and also getting the word out to my friends and blog followers. Years ago, you cared for one of the golden retrievers we rescued, Belle. We now have two Labs, and both were dogs in need of re-homing. As they snore at my feet, I am reminded of how much laughter and joy these two dogs (and Belle when she was with us) bring to our family each day. It’s hard to believe they were not wanted by their owners anymore. But lucky for us! PET ADOPTION ROCKS!
    Thanks again,

  3. I have always adopted both dogs and cats through shelters of one kind or another and have always been blessed with the “friends” I have found. Adopting a shelter companion is not just the right thing to do, it’s giving yourself the best gift ever!!!

  4. Petfinder has been around for awhile and supports a great cause. It is important for your Visitors to know about – The Pet Search Engine.™ as well.

    aKeKee is the first vertical search engine for pets and offers animal lovers the convenience of a simple Google-like interface, customized search filters and the ability to sign up for email alerts to stay informed of the latest postings. aKeKee is a free resource providing animal lovers easy access to hundreds of thousands of pet postings from dogs and cats to alpacas.

    aKeKee is Petfinder and more. – The Pet Search Engine.™

  5. P.S. And Quinn looks like an amazing guy! I wash I could meet him.

  6. Hi Nancy,
    My husband and I have always, in our lives together, adopted unwanted & unloved or abandoned dogs. The last 2 of the 4 we have now have been through Petfinder. I am so glad to have found this wonderful organization, and the Burlington County Animal Alliance, who posts their saves on Petfinder. Thanks Petfinder and BCCA!