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
December 3, 2013
Vampire Diaries’ Torrey DeVitto and her Adopted Shelter Dog Featured in New “Meet My Shelter Pet” Online Video
A new “Meet My Shelter Pet” video featuring actor Torrey DeVitto and her shelter dog, Beau, will mark Celebrate Shelter Pets Day. The video, released by The Shelter Pet Project, showcases the unique bond between Torrey and Beau and reminds viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to be adopted.
November 25, 2013
The North Carolina Shelter Project launched its 12 Acts of Kindness program, a campaign designed to get much needed supplies to shelter animals in North Carolina. The project highlights the power of community assistance, celebrates staff caring for the state’s sheltered animals and promotes pet adoption.
November 1, 2013
In celebration of National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week from Nov. 3-9, The HSUS encourages pet lovers to support their local shelters and rescues. Try one of our ten ways to say thank you!
October 23, 2013
The Late Show's Paul Shaffer and daughter Victoria Shaffer discuss their adopted dogs and the Shelter Pet Project.
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.
September 10, 2013
Major puppy mill victory: The USDA is cracking down on unlicensed puppy mills. All large-scale breeders that sell dogs and other warm-blooded pets using the Internet, phone, or mail will be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards.
August 8, 2013
A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.
July 1, 2013
Kennel owners and operators who commit acts of animal cruelty could be charged with a felony on a first offense, under a bill known as "Nitro's Law" passed by the Ohio legislature.