Adopt a Pet from a Shelter or Rescue


Dog Adoption

Why get your pet from a rescue or shelter?

Every day, rescued dogs add joy and love to their adoptive homes and communities. But each year, more than 600,000 of these healthy, friendly, adoptable dogs are euthanized because not enough people realize what great additions these dogs will make to their households.  

There are several places where you can adopt a dog:
1) Your local city shelter (sometimes called animal services or animal control),
2) an independent non-profit shelter or a rescue.
3) Reputable rescues are non-profit organizations that typically house pets in a network of foster homes. For more information on the differences between city shelters, independent shelters, and rescues, visit Adopt-a-Pet.  

What are the benefits of adoption?

For dogs: It saves them from euthanasia and reduces the demand for puppies from inhumane breeders.

For families: Staff identify and resolve behavioral issues before adoption; match dogs with people who have complementary personalities and lifestyles; staff vaccinate, spay/neuter and implant micro-chips—all for no additional cost to the consumer.

Can you get the breed you want in an adoption?

Yes! Many of the dogs available in shelters are mixed breeds, which (in addition to combining the fun traits of two or more breeds in one pet) are less prone to the genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs.   

However, if your heart is set on a purebred, the Humane Society of the United States notes that approximately 25 percent of dogs in shelters are pure-bred. There are also many breed-specific rescue groups. Both shelters and rescues frequently have both puppies and adult dogs available for adoption.

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