When in search of a new dog to bring into your household and family, you should never shop for one but rescue one.
Animal shelters all around the world help prevent overpopulation and surrenders as they take animals in. It is true that when you adopt a dog from a pet shelter, you are saving a life. Don't worry, shelters are full of various dogs of every breed, size, and age. You're sure to find your new best friend there.
We've taken the liberty of compiling a list of websites you can check out and adopt dogs from for various cities. For even more thorough and detailed information, be sure to visit the website or call the shelters.
Please also note that there is more than one adoption agency website for each city out there. The links we've provided are just suggestions to help you get started on your search.
#1. Portland, Oregon
This is Minnie. She’s a shepherd-labrador, about 8 years old. Gets along well with children, potty-trained. She’s located at the Oregon Humane Society.
#2. Tampa, Florida
Just another happy adoptable dog behind the scenes at another Adam Golberg photoshoot at Tampa Bay Humane Society.
#3. Washington D.C.
Meet Benji. He’s a Collie mix at the age of five. He’s friendly, playful, and super affectionate. Come hang out with him at DC’s City Dog’s Rescue.
#4. New Orleans, Louisiana
This is Babar. He’s a small white Terrier. He was saved from a high-kill shelter. He’s potty trained and ready to be a part of a new family. Come meet him at New Orlean’s Animal Rescue.
#5. Los Angeles, California
Say hello to Peaches. She’s a Labrador Retriever, about 12 years old. She’s a sweet senior that enjoys snuggling, short walks, and belly rubs. Peaches’ adoption fee is already paid, which means she’s free to adopt! Come see her at “Best Friends” in Los Angeles.
#6. New York City, New York
Meet Peanut. He’s a purebred French Bulldog at only 8 months old. He was on his way to be euthanized before he was rescued. He was diagnosed with something his old owners didn’t want to deal with. Come visit him at New York’s Rescue City.
#7. Boston, Massachusetts
This is Red. He’s a five year old Lab mix. He’s your typical goofy lab that enjoys playing in water on hot summer days. He’s located at Animal League Rescue of Boston.
#8. Seattle, Washington
This is Presto. He’s a 6 year old Shiba Inu mix. He is super smart and learns tricks very fast. He’s also super easy to walk (he doesn’t tug). Come meet him at Seattle’s Humane Society.
#9. Phoenix, Arizona
This is Buddy. He’s a 2 year old American Pit Bull Terrier Mix. He has loads of energy and loves to play. Come discover what tricks he can do at Arizona’s Humane Society.
#10. Atlanta, Georgia
Meet Mel. He’s a Chihuahua mix, about 7 years old. He’s blind in one eye but that doesn’t stop him from cuddling and taking long walks. He is located at Atlanta’s Humane Society.
#11. Columbus, Ohio
This is Saba and Gringa. They’re from Guatemala and belonged to a Guatemalan rescuer that recently passed away. They range in 3-7 years old. They’re looking for a home to call their own in Columbus’ Dog Connection.
#12. Chicago, Illinois
Meet Lorelai. She’s an American Staffordshire Terrier Mix at the age of 5. She’s playful and super friendly, just look at that smile. She’s located at Paws Chicago.
#13. San Francisco, California
This is Reddy. He’s a 1 year old Shepherd mix. He’s sweet, sensitive, and still adjusting to the new city. Come meet him at San Francisco’s SPCA.
#14. Detroit, Michigan
This is Courage. He’s a senior black Lab. He does well with other dogs and is patiently waiting for his forever home. He’s located at Detroit’s Dog Rescue.
#15. Nashville, Tennessee
Say hello to these unnamed puppies! They’re about 8 weeks – 4 months old. They are waiting for the opportunity to grow with a loving family. They are located at Nashville’s Humane Society.
#16. Honolulu, Hawaii
Meet Tilly. She’s a 2 month old Chihuahua puppy. She’s small and lonely and waiting for her perfect family to come scoop her up. She’s located at Hawaii’s Humane Society.
#17. Houston, Texas
This is Daisy. She’s a 9 year old Rottweiler. She’s a house-trained and used to having free run of the house. Come meet her at Houston’s SPCA.
#18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Meet River and Daisy. River’s a 6 year old Terrier, Jack Russell mix and Daisy’s a 6 year old Collie, Shepherd mix. These ladies are super friendly and ready to mingle with some humans. Come give them a visit at Pennsylvania’s SPCA.
#19. Albuquerque, New Mexico
This is Kalie. She’s a 11 year old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. She’s well-trained and loves hanging out with all humans. You can get more information about her from Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department.
#20. Thousand Oaks, California
This is Shadow. He’s a 1.5 years old Australian Shepherd. He’s loving and affectionate and very agile when it comes to playing fetch. He’s located in Thousand Oaks and you can set up a meet and greet with his foster parents.