petfinder com making happy families in a very special way – "Making Happy Families" in a Very Special Way!

When Betsy Saul was a girl, she developed a love for animals early on. She spent much of her childhood bringing home stray animals, and by the time she was 12 years old, she was helping out at an animal rescue. As Betsy grew into adulthood, her love for animals grew too. She knew that too many animals wind up in shelters and never get adopted, and she wanted to do something to help….

It was 1996, and the Internet had just recently taken the world by storm. Betsy wanted a way for people to learn about animals in shelters so that the animals would have better chances of being adopted, and she thought that the Internet might be the key. So Betsy founded her website,, with that exact goal in mind. Today, has found homes for over 17 million animals! And, as Betsy puts it, has succeeded in “making happy families” for millions as these animals have spread their love and joy in their new homes!

In this video, Betsy talks about her amazing experience with

Additional Resources:

  • Here’s an article with lots of great information about
  • Here’s another video that shows some of the wonderful pets up for adoption on!

Topics for Discussion:

  • What do you think Betsy means when she says that is “making happy families?
  • How do you think Betsy feels knowing she has helped so many animals find good homes?

Take Action:

  • Visit the website to learn more about this great site and maybe even adopt a pet of your own!
  • Visit the website’s programs page to learn about animal programs you can help with.
  • Visit the Animal Shelter Tips website to find out great ways you can support animal shelters!
  • Consider organizing a community fundraiser to help raise money to help animals.

Check out this video for What You Can Do’s animal rescue campaign to help them raise money to help animals!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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