So many animal shelters with so many homeless dogs and cats, where do you start? Keep in mind that you will be responsible for caring for your new family member for up to 15 years so, before you begin searching your local animal shelter for the perfect pet, ask yourself the following questions:
Why do you want a dog or cat?
Is there enough time in your life for a pet (especially a dog)?
Can you afford a pet?
If you’re renting, does your lease allow you to have a pet?
Do you have enough space for a pet (especially a dog)?
Do you have someone who can take care of your pet when you’re out of town?
Be prepared, an animal shelter can be a heartbreaking place to visit–crowded, chaotic, and full of sad, adorable faces. If you find shelters too disturbing to visit, go to an adoption event instead. Okay…let’s search!
Select the Dog Finder or Cat Finder tab
Enter your zip code
Enter any specific traits you’re looking for (e.g. age, breed, etc.)
Click the “search dogs” or “search cats” button
Browse the homeless cats and dogs who are currently housed at your local animal shelter
Contact the animal shelter, verify that the pet is still there and ask for details about their adoption process