Notes from the Author

FUND RAISING DRIVE UPDATE - 7/20/15: Ok, you all were amazing and way too generous! I covered the server costs plus a lot more.  I have taken down my PayPal donations button.  All the extra money will be donated to RescueGroups so that they can continue the great work they do and I can continue to make PetfinderSync a volunteer project.

Click here to download the latest version (6.2.1 - published 6/28/2015) of the application. I highly recommend reading the "About Petfinder Sync" section below, as well as the FAQ page prior to running to avoid confusion.

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ABOUT PETFINDER SYNC
This application will synchronize the data between your RescueGroups account and your Petfinder account.  Meaning, any changes you make to your animals in RescueGroups (add, update, delete) will be made for you on Petfinder automatically.  Please note, the sync is only one way.  The data moves from RescueGroups TO Petfinder, and not vice versa.

This application will allow you to schedule when you want to run your data syncs. Simply tell it your username and password for RescueGroups and Petfinder and how often you want it run.  However, if you don't wish to run the application in a scheduled fashion, then you can simply open the application and click 'Sync Now' when you want to synchronize your data.


Features
  • Adds/Updates/Deletes animals of all types
  • Synchronizes pictures and the order in which they appear
  • Handles videos (either uploaded ones, or links to YouTube)
  • Can be scheduled to run automatically with an interval you define
  • Supports syncing of multiple groups on the same computer
  • Works with proxy servers
  • Notifies you of updates and can download and install them automatically
  • Works with all versions of Windows (tested with XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10)
  • All activity is logged for your knowledge, and ease of problem diagnosis for me.
  • Free! Completely free! No ads or anything! And free support! I'm just in it for the karma!
Limitations
  • Only supports Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • The Microsoft .NET Framework version 4 or later must be installed.  This has been a critical update for Windows for a few years now, so most likely you already have it installed.
  • Does not sync contact, location and microchip information.  Your Petfinder default contact and location info will be used for each animal.

Please read the FAQ page for more info and answers to more common questions.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to email the author at pfsyncapp@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: Use at your own risk. No guarantees expressed or implied. Not supported or approved by Petfinder or RescueGroups.org. 

IMPORTANT: The first time this program runs, it will add in duplicate entries of your adoptable animals, and then clean up the duplicates at the end.  It will delete any adoptable animals from Petfinder that are not in RescueGroups. So make sure all of your animals are in the Portal prior to running!


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ON A PERSONAL NOTE

This program was written to help save shelters and rescue groups valuable time.  Time that could be spent giving attention and care to animals who desperately need it, instead of spent doing double data entry.  Please thank the kind people at RescueGroups who have done, and continue to do, far more work than myself to help organizations and animals.  Their software is the best on the market and is either entirely free, or practically pennies, depending on the options you choose.

Here is what some users have said about Petfinder Sync......
 

Thank you for all your hard work to make sure we could sync with Petfinder.  You're tireless efforts do not go unnoticed by those of us in the trenches -- especially the four-footed furry kids that we have more time to care for because we aren't fighting with Petfinder to get our animals up on their site.
 
Thank you for caring!

- Brandy

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for updating the program so we can sync with Petfinder.  You have no idea how much time this saves me and with the added time that I have I can help more animals.  I live in Arkansas and we have a horrible problem here with cruelty and every minute extra that I get helps.  Thank you again

- Sherry


I don't know who you are, but I wanted to say that you are awesome. You saw a problem and devised a solution with readily available tools, then gave it away for free. I truly believe that you have done more to help homeless animals than any single shelter could ever hope to.

- Matt


Just wanted to thank you so much for this program. I take care of the computer needs for two different types of rescue organizations and your program saves my life in time. Sometimes people think you are only helping the animals if you physically rescue, but what would we do without the Internet to help expose their  needs? You make this possible and relieve many of the burdens for rescues.
Thank you
 
    Dorothy
 
 
Thank you for your sync program to Petfinder. We are a small rescue group with limited resources and we operate mainly on-line. When petfinder stopped syncing from pet portal, we were faced with more work even though we did not really have the time to make the duplicated entries. Thank again...
 
    Leigh Ann
 
 
I just wanted to thank you for creating this application.  I just installed it and it was incredibly easy to install and use.  Very much appreciated!
Thank you, again,
 
-    Robyn
 
 
All I can say is THANK YOU....  I'm sure you already know how important this program is to the animals in need so from them and from us here in Kansas City....  Thank you...
 
-    Carolyn
 
 
Thank you for taking your time to put this together!  We all appreciate your help!!
 
-    Robin
 
 
YIPPEE!!!  Thank you so very much!!  I have just started and it is still uploading my files, as I type, but I will be using this in a matter of hours.  This is such a blessing!  Thank you so very much!!!  What a time saver!!
 
-    Amy
 
 
I cannot say how much we appreciate this application you wrote to sync to Petfinder. You have saved us so much time and frustration. I have ended up using this application on Windows XP, Vista and now 7 and I have not had any issues. Thank you so much!
 
-    Angie
 
 
I am so thankful for the time, effort and expertise you invested to help shelters and rescues be able to load their animals once for all venues.  Though we are a small rescue, I had become lax in getting our new dogs on the adoption sites because of the time it required to load everyone twice.  Thanks to your help, our little dogs will be “out there” looking for their forever homes much more quickly.  I cannot tell you how much this is appreciated.
 
God bless you for all the lives you have helped save.
 
-    Gay

Thanks! I did it and it worked. I appreciate your help and I appreciate that you created this program. It's an amazing program that makes things so much easier. We change our header/footer frequently on Pet Portal and it was impossible to keep it up with PF until this program. Thank you.  

-     Teresa

 

I work with data entry on our Rescue Groups sponsored web site every day of the week.  I just wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill the need our group (and countless others) were experiencing when PetFinder would no longer accept a sync with Rescue Groups.  Your application works beautifully and saves me more than an hour every day!  Awesome job!

-       Jonney

 

I just implemented the Petfinder Sync work-around that you wrote and it worked like a dream.  What a relief...it's been several months since we could upload to Petfinder, we're overloaded with Shelties, and it's so nice to have something that will help us so much.  It's also nice to implement some software that's so easy to work with...installation, settings, and upload all ran smooth as silk.  Amazing!  Thank you!

-        Barbara

 

 

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your program.  It sure saves me lots of time!

-       Jackie

 

Hi, just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for all you efforts with this tool. I use it for two different groups and it is a HUGE time saver. due to lack of time we had all but quit updating our list on rescue groups, we are now able to constantly do that. which means more homes for more animals. thanks again !

-       bryan
 

 

I ran it again this morning and it seems to have worked!!   Thanks so much, you don't realize how much time this will save me.

-       Jennifer

 

This program is GREAT!!!! Works quickly and will save me a ton of time...THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

-       Thecia

  

Whoever you are who took the time to do this - many thanks!  And a Google Site.  I'm impressed.  We have our official rescue site with Google sites and have struggled with it from day one!  So the fact you could build an app like this - my hat's off to you.

-       Susan

 

Works wonderfully. Thank you again!

 -       Carleen

 

First, thank you for your efforts to develop software that will allow animals posted on rescuegroups to be sent to Petfinder.   I am a volunteer at our shelter.  We renewed our year-long subscription with Petpoint just before learning about RescueGroups.  Petpoint used to update Petfinder automatically but then they launched their own website, Petango, and ceased exporting our info to Petfinder.  So, we doubled our efforts and posted on Petpoint and Petfinder.  THEN, we learned about RescueGroups who could send our info to Petfinder plus additional websites.  We switched from posting on Petpoint and Petfinder to posting on PetPoint and RescueGroups.  Then on 9/11 Petfinder ceased allowing RescueGroups to forward our posts to Petfinder.   That left us to decide which site would work best for us to repost our animals.   Lot's of head-banging later, we have been posting on RescueGroups PRIMARILY because you've developed this SYNC process.

 -       Sue

 

 I just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU so much for the sync application.  It is wonderful and saves us so much time – as I am sure you know.  But I did want to let you know that we are so very appreciative.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU again.

 -       Diane


 
So far, so good!  Still updating rest of those........thank you SO MUCH!!!  

 -       Gail 

 
The new version worked great! Even got rid of some duplicates I missed. It
was nice to see the work in progress. Thanks again and it's appreciated,

 -       Sharyn

 

 You are a lifesaver.  Literally.   Thank you for all your hard work!!

 -       Debbie

 

 Thanks for your help very much and we really appreciate this application

 -       Matthew

 

I just downloaded your program and tried it.   It seemed to work perfectly.   I haven't tried it yet after editing some of my listings but just wanted to thank you for offering this.  

I like what RescueGroups can do for me and it has been frustrating to have enter pets twice.   My husband is a computer programmer and we had been talking about him writing a program to do it for me.   He was quite happy to find that somebody else has already done it.   

Thank you!!!

 -       Chalice