So you’re thinking about adopting a pet? Kudos to you for thinking about adoption first! Even if you have your heart set on a specific breed, you can rescue. Read on to learn how to search for specific breed rescue groups. Did you know even Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs and Schnauzers need rescuers? It’s sad, but true. 3-4 million pets are killed at shelters every year due to lack or space in shelters, irresponsible pet ownership and breeding. Browse these resources below to search for your perfect companion! Choose to save a life…your pet will be forever thankful!
Search Adoptable Dogs
This site lets you find pets to adopt, gives you information on what to do if you find a pet, and is a wonderful resource for lost pets. You can register your pet’s breed by location and Pet Harbor will contact you if any pets matching your pet’s description are brought in to local shelters. You can send lost pet postcards to thousands in your area through their service and search their database of found pets.
Petfinder is a giant database of adoptable pets. Search by location, proximity, breed, age and more. There are many adoptable pets ranging from cats, dogs and small animals to horses, barnyard animals and reptiles.
AdoptAPet is another large database of adoptable animals. Search by location, distance, breed, sex, age, size, and color. This is 1-800-Save-A-Pet’s new website.
Looking for a specific dog breed? The USHS estimates 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred. There are rescue groups all over the US who specialize in specific breed rescue. For starters, check out the AKC Breed Rescue database of AKC approved rescue organizations. A simple Google search can also help you locate rescue groups in your area. There are also search engines, like the ones listed above, that can help you find specific breeds in shelters and rescue groups near you. You can also search for your local Humane Society or Animal Shelter here.