ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from Animal Planet's web site, March 2009) Based on the popular website Petfinder.com, this Animal Planet series matches shelter animals with families searching for their perfect pet. As family members duke it out over which pet they think is best, the show keeps the peace by finding a pet that will meet everyone's needs. Before each episode is over, the fur will fly and the poop will hit the fan as a new pet is chosen! Tasked with finding the ideal pet for these battling families are Petfinder's offbeat trainers and co-hosts, Jarod Miller and Dina Zaphiris. Whether the adoptee is a pig, pug or python, Jarod and Dina have the chops to understand the essential elements in the co-mingling of animals and humans. They also know what it takes to pet-proof a home to keep animals safe and integrate the two species with ease. Joining Jarod and Dina in the matchmaking business are the cast of "Teachers' Pets." These lovable, sometimes unusual, and always already adopted characters help families figure out which new addition will be right for them — and which won't. They range from the Great Dane who loves to snuggle to Cleopatra the Sphinx, the cat who doesn't shed a hair. Petfinder is based on Animal Planet's immensely popular Petfinder.com, which facilitates pet adoption. Founded in 1996, it is the largest searchable database of adoptable pets on the Web and has helped with more than 11 million adoptions in the last 11 years. The site also helps educate adopters about pet health, behavior and care through its resource library and discussion forums.