No-Code Petfinder API Scraper

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Legally scrape Petfinder data from the Official Website without violating its Terms of Service using HAR Files.

🚫 This means no wasting time with broken screen scrapers, installing software, getting blocked or overpriced proxies.

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Steve Spagnola
Written by Steve Spagnola
Last updated May 14, 2024

Scraping the Petfinder API


The Petfinder Developer Portal API Key Page appears to have been taken offline suddenly with no explanation. This link is broken from the Petfinder Developer Portal.

Alternative Scraping Solution

Until their service is restored, we suggest using the HAR File Web Scraper to scrape search results for adoptable pets from the Petfinder Search Feature as explained below and the video featured on this page.

Go to Petfinder and enter a search for the animals you’re interested in. You can use any filters you’d like. Once the results load, right click on the browser and hit inspect to open up developer tools to begin recording your web traffic. Now refresh the page to load the 1st page of results into your browser while you’re now recording.

Open Developer Tools

Scroll down and click next to browse through all of the search results until you scroll through as many listings as you need.

2. Export a HAR File

When you’re done browsing through results, click the down arrow under the “Network” tab in developer tools to download a HAR file containing the raw data of the animals. Then upload that file to the HAR File Web Scraper and look for the following group ending in /search/.

Click Parse Group

3. Download Animal Data

You should see a collection named result › animals in the results you can download the combined data for. It will include a lot of information on each animal.

Download Animal Data

Using the API (No Longer Available as of 2024-04-30)

If you’re building an app or doing some research and need data about animals up for adoption, then look no further than Petfinder’s Official API, which allows you to easily access all of Petfinder’s public data that’s available through its website. You can use the API to form searches for pets within a single location and collect back a rich amount of data for each animal, including photos and details about the adoption (e.g. where the pet is available, how long they’ve been up for adoption, etc…).

Animal Adoption Agencies

The “Animals” API endpoint will also return contact information for the organization listing the animal as adoptable. If you run an animal shelter or related service, this contact and organization data can prove useful for performing relevant outreach or just general market research on which animals are up for adoption and where.

Why Scrape Petfinder

If you’re building your own application and need real time or interactive access to the adoption data, then you can use the Petfinder API directly. For example, you can build a local map application that augments results with pets that are available locally using the JSON data that the API sends back.

However, if you’re doing a more analytical project and need the Petfinder data in a fixed format, like a CSV file for analyzing in Excel, then our service can help you do this without having to write or maintain any code. Our service will query Petfinder’s API on your behalf (you need to provide your API key), and parse out the raw JSON responses into downloadable CSV files you can immediately download and begin using.

⚖️ Disclaimer: These endpoints are not part of an official API endorsed by and were found while using's official website and/or mobile app. They may stop working at any time! They are documented here for informational purposes, such as to cross reference with HAR Files after using's official website and/or mobile app in accordance with's Terms of Service. Stevesie has no affiliation with

If you access any of these endpoints with Stevesie or any other tool outside of an official client, you must check's Terms of Service to ensure said access is not prohibited. If you are not sure whether or not your use of Stevesie or any other tool in a specific instance violates's Terms of Service or applicable law, you should consult with competent legal counsel before proceeding. Learn more here: Is Data Scraping Legal?

⚡️ Unofficial Petfinder Data API Endpoints


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