The Humane Society of the United States

Adopt a Pet

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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.


Adoption Basics

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, shelters and rescue groups have the best selection of animals anywhere—all screened for good health and behavior. Most will even help you with spaying and neutering.

An animal shelter or a rescue group is the best source for a new pet, and our pet-care experts have compiled all the information you'll need to find your nearest group, select a pet who matches your lifestyle, and more.

Find your local shelter and pets available for adoption at the The Shelter Pet Project.


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