Nationwide List of Shelters and Rescue Groups

Animal shelters and rescue groups are your best source for a new pet. Did you know that shelters and rescues – large and small – always have a great selection of animals looking for new homes?

You can find cats and dogs, birds, small animals and even pure bred pets that are looking for their furever home.

Contact the Rescue Groups and No Kill Shelters below before surrendering your pet.

Rescue Groups and many Shelters have Foster Homes for your pet which provides them with a loving home environment until they get adopted. 

When Adopting from a Shelter, you will have saved a precious life.

The majority of these rescue groups have Adoption Events where you can meet the animals up for adoption. Click on their site to see locations and times.

Most of these wonderful animals live in foster homes which provides them with a loving home environment while they’re waiting for their forever home.

Have you ever considered fostering an animal or would like information about fostering? If so, click here for 10 Reasons to Foster a Pet.

If you are surrendering your pet, there are things you should know BEFORE giving your pet to a Rescue Group. Please click here for that important information.


When you find the pet you want from a Rescue Group online, please make sure that you receive the necessary spay/neuter papers, vaccination records along with the microchip information when adopting BEFORE taking the pet.

DO NOT meet at a store or on the corner to get your pet.

Most reputable groups have adoption events where you can meet and greet their pets. 

When you select your furry forever friend, the groups will want to do a “home check” for the safety of the animal eg. a large dog should have a backyard to play in and not be couped up in a small apartment and a cat should be indoors only.

If you adopt a small Chihuahua or other toy breed there really shouldn't be any small children in the household who could accidentally injure the animal with their playfulness.

PetFinders The virtual home of 373,378 adoptable pets from 13,743 adoption groups.

*NOTE: So many people have in mind a specific breed that they would like to have (like Malteses, Dobermans, English Bulldogs, etc), and they think the only option is to go to a breeder. 

This is of course NOT TRUE.

It is important to understand that there are so many breed specific rescues all over the world, and using the Internet, it is so easy to find and ADOPT a dog of your favorite breed (pure breed or a mixed breed dogs).

The best websites for finding dog & cats by breeds: (Facebook)

Adopt-a-Pet (Website) (Facebook)

Petfinder (Website)

Pet Harbor Nationwide Database for Shelters and Rescue Groups including Canada Lost your Pet? 

Our Lost Pet Postcards service will send hundreds of postcards to the area where your pet was lost. All you have to do is perform a LOST pet search on PetHarbor and follow the prompts.

The Pets for The Elderly Foundation Phone: 480-625-4679 Contact: Susan Kurowski (Executive Director)

Their mission is to provide companionship to senior individuals through pet ownership, while saving the lives of companion animals in shelters; animals which might otherwise be destroyed due to lack of appropriate homes, and space limitations.

The Shelter Pet Project
For a List of Shelters/Rescue Groups by City/State

Yorkie Rescue Listed by the State

9 Rescue Groups That Specialize In Saving SPECIAL NEEDS Dogs

As rescue pets become more and more common family members in today’s households, it’s wonderful to know that there are rescues and shelters out there advocating for, rescuing, and adopting out dogs with all kinds of disabilities.

House with a Heart SENIOR Pet Sanctuary
6409 Stream Valley Way Gaithersburg, Maryland 20882

For a List of Shelters/Rescue Groups by City/State:

Yorkie Rescue Listed by the State

Abandoned Pet Rescue 1137 NE 9th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Broward County

Come by Monday thru Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00 PM to visit our facility, meet our animals and fill out an adoption application.

Colorado Vets Adopt Pets

Support for U.S. Military Veterans Adopting Shelter Pets for Companion Animal or Service Dog needs. Our role is to pull together the many organizations, information and resources that exist to enable Veterans to enjoy a Companion Animal adopted from a pet shelter. Vets Adopt Pets facilitates Shelter Pet Adoptions to thank Veterans for their service to us, our families - to all of America.

Animal Rescue Organization Facebook Page
Phone: 1-310-880-1416 8950 W. Olympic Blvd. #525, Los Angeles, CA 90211

They have many video's of rescuing these helpless animals, which are a "must see"! Click on their website or their Facebook page above, to view.

"We save stray animals from the streets to the deserts and all neighborhoods in between who are facing a life of misery and imminent death."

North Shore Animal League America 

(516) 883-7575 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050

Pet Rescue Inc. (201) 450-5992 (pet needing rescued only)

Pet ResQ Inc (mail) 24 W Railroad Ave. Tenafly, NJ 07670
“Within The Heart of Every Stray Lies the Singular Desire to be LOVED!”

The Putnam Humane Society (845) 225-7777 Open 7 days a week.
68 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY

The Shelter Project For a List of Shelters/Rescue Groups by State

List of Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups (Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas)

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