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How to Find Dog Rescue Shelters Near Me

dog chewing on toyAre you ready for a dog or puppy? Are you wondering, how do I find dog rescue shelters near me? I’m so happy that you want to adopt!

Most shelters are full because so many dogs need a good home. One dog is adopted and another dog is brought in. Sit back and relax while I show you how to find one near you.


PetFinder is a pet adoption website serving North America. Not only do they list pets available for adoption, they also list animal shelters and rescue groups. You can search in your local area for animals or shelters.

Click here to search PetFinder, where you can enter your zip code to search for rescue shelters near you. Or you can enter a group name, if you know the name of the rescue shelter.

If you would like to search for a dog or puppy, go to the green bar at the top. Enter your zip code, under “Type” click on Dog. The last three options are optional, pick a breed, age, and gender if you would like to.

Adopt a Pet

Adopt a Pet is a non-profit pet adoption website serving North America. You can find animal shelters and rescue groups in your area. Many also have pictures of the dogs available for adoption.

Click here to search the Adopt a Pet website. Enter your location by zipcode or city and state, the distance you want to search, and the type of pet you are looking for.

If you would like to search for a dog, click the tab that says “Dogs” at the top of the blue box where you can enter information. Enter your zipcode or city and state, along with a distance. If you would like, you can choose a breed, sex, age, color and size.

dog looking through fenceGoogle

Go to and type in the search bar, “dog shelter + location”. For example, I live in Florida so I would type “dog shelter + Florida” to find dog shelters in Florida. You can also try “dog adoption + location”, or “animal shelter + location”.

Questions From the Dog Shelter or Rescue Group Staff

The staff at a dog shelter or a dog rescue group may ask you questions. They want to try and make sure the dogs are not returned to the shelter.The dogs and the staff are looking for forever homes.

Not every dog is the right dog for every family. The staff will ask you questions to get to know you and your family, so they can match you with the right dog. You may be wondering, what kind of information will they need and what questions will they ask. Here are some questions or information you may be asked about.

  • Names and ages of everyone living in the home
  • Names and ages of all pets that live in the home
  • How long have you lived in your home
  • Size of your home, fenced in yard, neighborhood
  • Do you own or lease your home, if leased do you have your landlord’s permission
  • Where will the dog be kept and where will it sleep
  • How long will the dog be alone each day
  • Your daily activities, schedule, hobbies
  • Does anyone in the family have allergies
  • What activities would you like to do with the dog
  • How do plan to help the dog adjust to it’s new home
  • The name and phone number of the veterinarian you plan to use

Some dog shelters and rescue groups will ask all of these questions, some will ask more, and some will ask less. Each shelter and rescue have there own policies. Be prepared to answer these questions.

dog looking through fenceAdoption

So you have searched for a dog, a shelter, or a rescue group and you have found one that you would like to visit. The first thing you need to do is call the shelter or rescue group and express your interest in adopting.

They will probably have you fill out an application first. If you application is approved, they will setup a time for you to visit the shelter and further discuss an adoption. Don’t rush this process as the staff helps you choose a dog. For more information on adoption, click here.

How did you find a dog shelter, rescue group, or a dog to adopt? Leave a comment or share a story below. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.





  1. There is a dog nearby that sounds like being abused or neglected. Who can help in Fethiye Turkey area?

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