Petfinder Encourages Pet Health and Lasting Relationships with ‘Fit FurKeeps’

New Petfinder LogoWhile the most popular reason for adopting a pet is probably companionship, I’ll admit that when I brought home my pup last September I had an additional reason in mind — staying active. While Beatrice (an American/English Bulldog mix) is by no means suited for long-distance runs, walking a few miles with her each day is a great way to de-stress, enjoy the outdoors and stay healthy.

With the premiere of HBO’s Weight of the Nation last night, there has been a surge in news coverage and discussion about our country’s obesity epidemic but, as Petfinder has shared, the problem extends to our pets:

  • According to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 54% of dogs and cats are overweight in the U.S.
  • In an independent Petfinder.com survey conducted in February 2012, it was revealed that 29% of people who are overweight also have  overweight pets.

 Fit FurKeeps Logo - DogFor this reason, Petfinder has launched Fit FurKeeps, tackling the issue of pet health and its impact on pet surrenders to shelters and rescues (trailing family moves, behavioral issues and pet expenses).  The program runs through the summer and is all about educating and motivating pet parents to get healthy with their companions. You can visit Petfinder.com to:

So put down the remote and and get active with your pets. And, whatever you do, don’t let them become couch potatoes (see below).

 

Couch Potato Bea
Couch Potato Beatrice (Editor's Note: Bea is an active dog that just chooses to strike funny poses.)