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
April 17, 2015
Not the Paradise It Seems: The HSUS and Puerto Rico Launch Monumental Partnership to Overhaul Animal Welfare on the Island
Working with the government of Puerto Rico, The HSUS is launching a broad initiative to crack down on puppy mills, support enforcement of animal cruelty laws, promote a culture of loving pet ownership and bring humane education to schools.
April 14, 2015
Encourage kids to become Humane Heroes for animals over the summer. Check
February 17, 2015
You Can Hack It! Use Pet "Hacks" to Minimize the Pitfalls—and Maximize the Pleasures—of Life With the Furry Set
Pet owners provide their favorite money-saving and problem-solving tips.
February 6, 2015
As breed fanciers and dog lovers gear up for the Westminster Dog Show, we look at the record and ask why the American Kennel Club (AKC) won't step up to protect purebred dogs from the horrors of puppy mills.