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Illinois Animal Welfare Networkers Association, Evanston, has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com. Created in early 1996 as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets, it is the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has over 359,000 homeless pets listed and is updated continuously.

More than 13,500 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada and other countries post their pets on the site. Illinois Animal Welfare Networkers Association pets may be viewed at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IL664.html.

A potential adopter enters information for the kind of pet wanted, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the zip code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group.