Pets Alive has a new resource to help increase pet adoptions.

It has partnered with Getyourpet.com to help pets get adopted via home-to-home adoption.

Our animal shelters are crowded, and often, those needing to surrender their pet are put on a waiting list.

Getyourpet.com is a way to cut out the shelter middleman by allowing pet owners to post their pets directly on its website to find a new home.

“Get Your Pet will help us rehome local dogs and cats, while freeing up valuable space and resources for the neglected and abused animals in our community,” said Pets Alive Executive Director Becky Tegze.

Get Your Pet offers people who need to give up their pet the opportunity to post a profile, photos and a video of their pet on the site for free.

Those who want to adopt can browse up-to-date pet profiles until they find a pet they want to meet, then safely message back and forth with the pet’s guardian.

The guardian and adopter can arrange to meet in a neutral place, such as a local park.

If both sides agree, a legal adoption can take place. A Get Your Pet veterinarian will examine the pet at no extra charge.

The cost of a legally-documented adoption through Get Your Pet is $99 for a dog and $49 for a cat, which is not paid until the adopter actually gets the pet.

The adoption fee includes eligibility for 30 days’ free pet insurance from Trupanion, and money-saving coupons at Pet Valu pet stores.

A portion of the profits from Get Your Pet adoptions will benefit local animal shelters.

Other resources that Pets Alive offers include:

Pet Chow Pantry temporarily helps feed family pets that are going hungry and may ultimately be abandoned. The pantry can only serve residents local to the Middletown area.

Applications for assistance can be found at petchowpantry.org. If approved, one month’s supply of pet food at a time will be available for six months.

Donations to the pantry are always needed and can be dropped off at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

My Pit Bull is Family is a nonprofit resource that Pets Alive recommends for dog owners to keep families and their canine companions together by helping to end housing and insurance discrimination.

It hold conversations with property management companies, conducts pet policy research studies, provides the nation’s largest housing database of sites that accept all dogs, and offers community outreach and education.

I applaud Pets Alive for offering these great alternatives to the growing, heartbreaking problem of pet surrenders and abandonment.