Need a new BFF? Adopt-a-Pet at home or shelter

Washington D.C.’s homeless pets need help and an Adopt-a-Pet program can help you make a difference to the lives of these stray animals. Photo:

WASHINGTON, – There’s nothing in the world like the unconditional love of a pet. Being a pet guardian comes with so many benefits from easing depression while keeping you active and fit to lowering blood pressure and stress. 

Washingtonians who are looking for a new BFF/four legged travel partner can get directions to all the shelters in their area via a new tool on Google Maps from The Google map of Washington D.C.’s homeless pets makes it easy to view adoptable pets and get directions to any particular shelter.

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“More than 10,000 shelters, humane societies and pet rescue groups are signed up and post 150,000 homeless pets on our site at any given time,” explains Bridget Lo from “Besides adopting, there are many ways locals can become a life-saver from donating to volunteering.”

Make a Donation to the Paws of Your Choice, the non-profit organization that created the Google Animal Shelter Map, has also launched a special Life-Saving Club where members can easily make an automatic monthly donation. Click here to join. 100% of every donation goes directly to pets in need.

Lend a Helping Paw
There are a number of opportunities to help pets in need:

  • Playing with and grooming lonely pets
  • Helping out with adoption events
  • Cleaning cages
  • Being a foster parent to a homeless pet
  • Taking pet photos to post on
  • Transporting pets to the vet
  • Offering your professional services

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Here are four simple things you can do to get started:

1.  Search for volunteer opportunities near you

2.  Sign up as a volunteer today and let the automated system match you up with local shelters and rescues who need your special assistance

3.  Participate in social “petworking” and Twitter a critter or share the info on any of your social media platforms by clicking the share tools on

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4.  Share a pet every day on your website

5.  Watch and share the Save-A-Pet TV Show, coming to a cable station in your area soon

Save-A-Pet TV
Drew Barrymore, Kelsey Grammer, and the “Taco Bell” dog are just a few of the stars turning out for the organization’s upcoming 30-minute adoption-promoting TV special, which is currently in production. The show’s celebrity interviews and moving adoption “tails” will turn TV viewers into adopters by inspiring them to pick up the phone or go online to

When production is finished, the show will air repeatedly (think adoption-promoting infomercial) on cable and broadcast TV across the country via paid and donated airtime. Hey, if TV can work for the “ThighMaster,” the George Foreman Grill, and a bunch of psychics, it can certainly be successful for the great cause of taking shelter pets from alone to adopted, right? It’s all about connecting TV viewers with local homeless pets. Fun, cute and caring, “The Save-A-Pet Show” was created to help shelters, humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescue groups all across the US and Canada adopt out more pets by using the power of TV.

The show’s celebrity interviews are now in production on location at homes with the stars and their adopted pets in Hollywood and New York. Other filming locations for segments of the show include a Hollywood area shelter, the set of TV’s “Frasier,” a New York doggie daycare, Times Square, a California beach just for dogs, and a shelter pet adoption party under the Hollywood sign where adopters and their pets are set to share their happy stories on camera.

Sample segments for Save-A-Pet TV are available now. You can also sign up for email updates with air dates, show news and celebrity interviews. is a 100% non-profit website that works on behalf of the shelters and rescues in Washington DC. Their job is simple. Promote homeless pets. 

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As a consumer dog product and service expert, Susan Hartzler is up to date on the latest trends for dogs and their guardians. Dogs are her passion; so naturally, the subject is something she knows about from both a personal and professional basis.

An award winning writer, Hartzler is a contributor to New World Library’s “Dogs And The Women Who Love Them,” an Oprah pick, and Simon & Schuster’s best selling “Divinity of Dogs.” A short story she wrote about her first therapy dog, Baldwin, was published in Animal Wellness Magazine and awarded the Angel on a Leash Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.  Hartzler has developed a loyal following of dog lovers for her serial blog,, a personal journey about dogs and men. She and her dog Bliss are a therapy dog team and visit children in the oncology ward at County USC Medical Center. For more information, please visit


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