Please don't Shop... ADOPT!

Why Should I Adopt a Pet?

Unless you are looking for a breed specific animal for show purposes, adoption is almost always better! Here are the reasons in no particular order:

  • Buying an animal from the store supports the puppy/kitten mill industry.
  • Adopted animals are often cheaper than than store or breeder animals.
  • If you adopt an animal that is a year or older, you have a better idea what kind of personality you are getting.
  • Shelter animals have been vaccinated and neutered. You must do this yourself otherwise.
  • The number one reason to adopt: you can save a life. For every pet bought from a breeder or pet store, an animal does not get adopted and risks being euthanized when the shelter is too full.

You can find all sorts of pet breeds, personalities, ages at a shelter. To sum it up, you can find all different kinds of animals in need of a home at a shelter, and you can find the one that will fit your life perfectly.

Where Can I Adopt a Pet?

You may already know of several shelters and rescue organizations near where you live. If not, here are a few suggestions:

  • A local animal control shelter or local humane society is a good place to start.
  • Animal rescue organizations hold regular adoption days at pet supply outlets.
  • Some rescue groups specialize in specific breeds of dogs and cats at shelters if you want a certain breed.

To start looking for a rescue pet, check Petfinder or AdoptAPet.

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Success Stories

“I recently adopted my maltese/havanese from all paws rescue. It was an amazing experience, the foster was an amazing woman and was helpful in deciding whether or not my new pup was a good fit. ” ~Leah's review

"It took us a long time to decide what we wanted. Luckily, we came across Macy! Although it has not been that long, we are proud to say that she is apart of the Botez family! ~Katie's review

"The owner and volunteers are wonderful, they've taken in strays, large pit mixes that would otherwise be euthanized and problem dogs!! Like any shelter/rescue they get full so not all animals can be taken in but if there's room the door is always open!" ~Hayley's review


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Foster Dogs NYC

One of the leading organizations for adoption programs. Focuses in creating positive, inclusive foster communities through support and experience of all parties involved.

Houston Pets Alive

A organization based in Houson, Texas that creates programs to save animals most at risk of euthanasia. They are a no kill shelter that has the goal to prevent animals from entering into animal shelters in the first place.

They have saved over 2,630 cats and dogs in the year 2018 alone!

The Sato Project

A Brooklyn based operation whose rescue efforts are in Puerto Rico for abused and abandoned dogs.

ACCT Philadelphia

One of the region’s largest animal care and control service provider in the City of Philadelphia. Handles a variety of animals from dogs and cats, to small animals, reptiles, birds and other wildlife.

Animal Friends

Committed to promoting the animal-human bond. They only want what is best for you and your potential pets. They have a long tradition of no-kill and for their furry friends to find each a lifelong, loving home.

Shelter programs available to promote bonding through outreach and education.

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Connecticut Humane Society

The Connecticut Humane Society is one of oldest in the state. They hold the value that every animal deserves a loving home with the special bond between animals and people.

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