Thinking about getting a pet? Millions of companion animals in shelters across America are just waiting for a special home like yours. Navigating the adoption process isn't as hard as you think. We can help you find the perfect pet and discover how amazing adopting a pet can be.
When you're looking to add a pet to your life, consider adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter or rescue group.
Whether you want a puppy or a more mature dog, a purebred or a one-of-a-kind mixed breed, even a rabbit or hamster, your shelter has the best selection of animals anywhere—all screened for good health and behavior. Most shelters will even help you with spaying and neutering.
An animal shelter is your top source for a new pet, and our pet-care experts have compiled all the information you'll need to find your nearest shelter, select a pet who matches your lifestyle, and more.
Find your local shelter and pets available for adoption at the The Shelter Pet Project.
News & Events
October 17, 2014
Nine-year-old Connor Jones of Roanoke, Virginia, draws on his artistic talent to raise money for animal shelters.
October 17, 2014
Did you know cats are the most popular pet in the United States? Get more cat facts and learn how to take good care of your feline friends.
October 1, 2014
A New Route to Adoption: Instead of Selling Dogs, Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores Offer Adoptable Shelter Animals
More pet stores are offering shelter pets for adoption, instead of selling animals from puppy mills and other irresponsible breeding facilities. The switch has been so successful at Pet Plus Natural in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, that the retailer has expanded the concept to include its other locations.
August 26, 2014
Almost a decade after Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Louisiana SPCA) is diligently working to regain the capacity lost when the former shelter located in the Upper Ninth Ward was destroyed beyond repair by the worst natural disaster this country has ever seen.