AUBURN – The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society has joined, a searchable database that showcases homeless pets worldwide via the Web. Its pets can be viewed at

Each of the more than 5,000 shelters on the Web site has its own home page, and each of its pets has its own page, which features a description and usually a photo. Potential adopters can also search by type of pet, breed, size, age and gender. Pets that match the search criteria are ranked in proximity to the visitor’s zip code.

Betsy and Jared Saul created Petfinder in 1996 as a New Year’s resolution to do something for homeless pets. The Web site has revolutionized the way homeless pets are showcased, and it facilitated more than a million adoptions in 2002.

The Petfinder site features an extensive library of pet-related materials, kept current by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a partner.

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