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Local Animal Shelters & Animal Rescues by State
So…you are ready to adopt a pet and have taken all the necessary steps to prepare- you have bought leashes, pet food, toys, food and water bowls, cleared your schedule to allow for training and the transition period, and even know what you want to name the lucky fur ball you end up adopting! All you need to do now is find an organization or foster to adopt a pet from. At AllPaws, we currently list over 200,000 pets from over 13,000 rescues, shelters, and fosters nationwide. That’s a lot of people you can contact about adopting a pet!
City shelters are great organizations to adopt a pet from, but remember that it may be difficult for them to give you much background information on the pet you want to adopt, as many are found homeless. Rescues are generally smaller organizations that offer foster programs and are sometimes breed-specific. Their adoption process is sometimes more intense including background checks and interviews.
Whether you are adopting from a cat rescue, a dog rescue, a cat shelter, a dog shelter, or any other kind of animal rescue or animal shelter, always make sure to ask as many questions as possible before deciding on a pet to adopt. Make sure you ask about their background, where they were found, if they’ve been sick, if they’re up to date on their vaccinations, and if they have any behavioral issues you need to be aware of.
Whether you are looking to rescue a dog, rescue a cat, or adopt another pet, you can search for a pet to adopt or rescue by visiting www.allpaws.com/search and narrow you search by breed, gender, size, compatibility, temperament, and more! Even if you’re not ready to adopt a pet, you can help by sharing pet profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.