I am extremely disappointed with Dogster's new format, with the adoption link now going to Petfinder. Dogster had long been an alternate option for promotion of the adoptable pet. Including a place for those who cannot get on Petfinder, most SIGNIFICANTLY amongst them private owners who were shouldering the responsibility of rehoming on their own, and/or those who choose to independently foster. The only option for such people on Petfinder is the classifieds, which do not show up on search function results.
We at Southpaws have made several key adoptions through this avenue, PARTICULARLY with our harder to adopts, who managed to connect with people in some specific way thanks to the Dogster pages. The process also availed us to significantly dog savvy/dog experienced people.
Whilst people can still access dog's pages, it is only through the back door. A click on the adoption link will get you nowhere. Petfinder has enough money, enough exposure.....the more the better, but of course they do not LACK for it, whereas others do. I do not feel the change is putting dogs first and it compromises some of the uniqueness of the site. *NOT* happy.