Whether it’s a desire for companionship or extra time to kill, something about this past year is making a lot of people consider having a pet. Shelters, nonprofit rescues, private breeders and pet stores have all seen an increase in demand for dogs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While you can purchase a pet from your local pet store or through a breeder, adopting a dog or cat allows you to give an otherwise unwanted animal a home. And the good news is that there are plenty of pet adoption websites where you can find your new best friend, without having to physically enter to choose them.
Whatever animal you are looking for, there is a site for each one. Do you want a companion horse? Ended. A rabbit? Sure. A fish? Easy. These pet adoption websites have it all (cats and dogs being the most common, of course).
Petfinder specializes in all kinds of pets, from traditional dogs and cats to backyard buddies, like horses, rabbits and pigs. You can filter your pet’s search by age, organization, and traits, and receive endless advice on training and grooming.
This non-profit organization lists pets from more than 17,000 shelters and rescues across North America – it even has pets in Canada. The Adopt a Pet website is very straightforward, making it easy for people who aren’t as tech-savvy. The site allows you to filter by location, age and race. If necessary, you can even adopt your own pet through its Rehome program.
The ASPCA is known for its heartbreaking ads about abused dogs, but the organization doesn’t want you to cry. He wants to help you find a furry friend. If you live in New York or Los Angeles, you can use local ASPCA adoption centers to find dogs and cats for adoption near these major cities. If you are not near an ASPCA location, you can still use the site’s local shelter portal to find all of the pets for adoption in your area.
Best Friends was first launched in Kanab, Utah, in the 1980s. Since then, it has spread to major cities across the country, such as Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City. Best Friends’ mission is to “save them all” by putting an end to all homeless animal killings.
Like most pet adoption websites, PetSmart Charities refines your pet’s search by zip code, breed, color, size, age, and gender. The organization lists animals from various shelters and rescues in your zip code. Once you find the one you want to adopt, you go to the specific shelter or rescue and start the process directly with them. PetSmart Charities also offers horses, farm animals, rabbits and birds.
If you want to adopt a specific breed, the AKC Rescue Network is for you. It lets you search for rescue networks across the country for the breed of your choice and then sends you to that rescue site, most of which will have an adoption option. Although this is not the most direct site, it is ideal if you want a specific breed but don’t want to go through a breeder.
The Shelter Pet Project site is pretty minimal, but that’s not a bad thing. You can search up to 200 miles beyond your zip code, which might seem limited, but still gives you plenty of options for pets.
Most adoption sites help you find cats and dogs. Some will help you find reptiles and farm animals. But Rescue Me takes it a step further and not only has countless pets to adopt, but also helps local animal rescues find wild animals to heal. Given the variety of animals available, Rescue Me asks future pet parents to narrow down their choices beforehand. Once you have decided on the type of animal you want to adopt, you can narrow your search by state.
As with most adoption websites, the Petco Foundation gives you the option to filter your search by location., race, color, size, age and sex. Your local Petco also likely hosts adoption events with shelters or rescue groups in your area, if you prefer to select your four-legged friend in person.
Petango has partnered with nearly 2,000 wellness organizations across the United States and Canada to provide customers with real-time pet updates. So, as long as you are in North America, you can find all the pets in shelters near you. Think of it as a pet adoption aggregator.
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