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.
The 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
April 14, 2014
Fourteen-year-old Brooke Martin invented iCPooch, a device that lets owners video chat with their pets when they're not home.
March 14, 2014
Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International, the global affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, comments on the successful transport of four dogs rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia by Winter Olympian Gus Kenworthy.
February 25, 2014
On World Spay Day 2014 more than 600 event organizers around the world hosted hundreds of events and spaying or neutering thousands of animals, raising awareness of how lowering birth rates reduces the number of animals who will face euthanasia in shelters or death on the streets
February 10, 2014
Through her organization Blankets Fur Beasties, 12-year-old Harley Helman has collected thousands of pet supplies for animal shelters.
February 28, 2014
The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that will remedy a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling that deemed “pit bulls” to be “inherently dangerous.”
February 11, 2014
The Virginia House passed legislation to strengthen the state’s protections for victims of domestic violence and their beloved family pets. House Bill 972, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, will authorize courts to grant care and custody of a family pet to petitioners of protective orders and passed unanimously with bipartisan support.
January 31, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States awarded Martin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina a $10,000 grant in honor of its decision stop euthanizing animals using a gas chamber.
October 16, 2013
The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.