Pet adoption resources
Check the shelter
If you're an animal lover interested in donating goods or money to your local shelter, it's a good idea to visit first, according to animal advocates.
Are the kennels and cages clean and full?
Is there a mix of animals (cute, homely, young and old)?
Does the shelter extend lifesaving guarantees to all breeds?
If it isn't practicing what it preaches, you might want to donate elsewhere.
by Tristan Schmid
There are as many ways to find the perfect pet as there are animals in your local shelter. Check out these websites to find a furry (or scaly) friend:
Encourages adoption and awareness with names and photos of dogs scheduled to be euthanized.
Features photos of adoptable purebred and mixed-breed pets, as well as a shelter directory.
Offers a large database of adoptable pets and resources such as training videos.
Posts adoptable and lost pets.
Offers a searchable database of adoptable pets including reptiles, livestock and other "critters."
Has links to American Kennel Club rescue programs for purebred dogs.
Read about the debate concerning pet overpopulation and euthansia.