Each year, five out of every ten dogs in shelters across the United States are euthanized for the simple reason that no one is there to adopt them. Nationwide, there were an estimated 8 million new pets added to the shelter system this year. The Petfinder.com Foundation is a nonprofit charity whose mission is to ensure that no pet is euthanized for lack of a home. Founded in 2003, the foundation helps homeless pets by saving lives through adoptions, helping shelters prepare for and recover from disaster, and working to make shelters across the country more sustainable. The foundation supports more than 14,000 animal-welfare organizations, providing direct funding, as well as training, education, and grants of equipment and supplies so that homeless pets have happier lives. In 2011, the Petfinder.com Foundation gave more than $10 million in grants to support adoption, but the need is great, and with your support we will continue to expand their work.

The Orvis Company has partnered with Petfinder.com Foundation in a matching-funds grant with a total goal of $60,000. Your contribution is matched by Orvis—dollar for dollar, up to $30,000—doubling your donation to help ensure pets find loving homes. Your $100 contribution becomes $200! Individual examples of what the Petfinder.com Foundation could accomplish with $60,000 include: vaccinate 25,000 shelter dogs against curable diseases; transport 10,000 dogs from the South to the North, where their odds of being adopted are much greater because of demand; spay or neuter 1,000 dogs to reduce overpopulation; promote general adoption programs in shelters across the US; purchase thousands of beds and enrichment toys for dogs in shelters, thus reducing stress and increasing their adoptability.

You can help. As part of our global commitment to protect nature, Orvis has established a goal of $60,000 for this project and will match customer donations dollar for dollar up to $30,000. Every $100 you donate becomes $200 supporting the Petfinder.com Foundation. Send your check to Petfinder.com Foundation, c/o The Orvis Company, 178 Conservation Way, Sunderland, VT 05250.
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