How to Find a Pet Online

Home & Family, Pets
on May 7, 2014
Finding A Pet Online

Pet adoption has never been easier. Modern technology allows potential pet parents to search and locate the ideal pet for their family and home. Adopting a pet online begins by researching your pet options via pet-friendly sites that connect adoptive families with animals needing a forever home.

Online adoption sites. The Internet provides invaluable resources when searching for a pet to adopt. Several nationally recognized organizations and companies offer online pet adoption. These include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States, and Petfinder.

Adopting through the ASPCA. The ASPCA provides adoptions for cats and dogs through the ASPCA Adoption Center located in New York City, as well as from local shelters throughout the United States. To adopt a dog or cat through the ASPCA Adoption Center, visit its site online and begin viewing the various animals waiting for a home. You can sort by dog or cat, ages and gender.

Humane Society adoptions. To begin your pet adoption search through the Humane Society of the United States, click on the “Find a pet today” prompt located on the site’s homepage. The Shelter Pet Project provides a searchable database via ZIP code areas. You can search for dogs or cats. The Shelter Pet Project was established in 2009 and strives to reduce the number of animals living in shelters throughout the country. If you are searching for a pet other than a cat or dog, may be the solution. The site offers a way for adoptive families and individuals to search a large pet classified database that includes cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, birds, reptiles and more. All pet ads at are free to view.

Petfinder. Petfinder offers adoptive families and individuals a connection to more than 13,000 pet adoption groups. You can search by location, type, breed, age and gender. In addition, there is a separate tab for Shelters and Rescues, helping you to connect with a group in your area. Petfinder also provides information for starting your own rescue group and links to multiple ways to help pets and other animals awaiting adoption.

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