Each year 7 million homeless animals enter shelters and wait to adopted. An estimated 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized at kill shelters if they haven’t been chosen by a family or someone looking to take home a pet. We understand that purchasing a purebred animal comes with its advantages but millions of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals that were meant to be domesticated are facing the consequences of breeding businesses that flourish throughout the United States. The following 5 organizations have launched websites that make it convenient and accessible to find the perfect fur baby for you and your home with just the click of a mouse.
AllPaws is a site that matches the quality of the bet dating app you’ve tried – except, the partner you find here is guaranteed to stick by your side. The algorithm at AllPaws is designed to help you search for the ideal pet nationwide and matches you with a location, gender, breed, and character traits such as energy level and temperament. On AllPaws you can search for the purrfect kitten or a loyal dog, but it doesn’t stop there. If you fancy adopting a rabbit, horse, bird, pig, or reptile then this is the site to use for your next pet search.
AllPaws has been featured on The Huffington Post, ABC News, and in Good Housekeeping. We specifically recommend AllPaws for outdoorsy types; here, you’re likely to find a companion that will explore nature trails and go camping with you. The barn yard section of AllPaws is especially impressive. You have the option to adopt an alpaca, a llama, a donkey, or a cow if you’re interested. What are you waiting for? Head over to AllPaws and adopt the animal you never knew you wanted until now.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is for animal lovers who have the strength and patience to care for a companion with special needs. The rescue is based in Kanab, Utah and is home to 1,600 animals including dogs, cats, pigs, birds, and horses. For those who choose to adopt, the organization flies the animals within the United States and Canada so they can reach their new, forever home with a loving caretaker or family. If you have a bleeding heart and want to give an animal with special needs a comfortable, safe home then Best Friends recommends that you come visit them first and escort them back to your permanent destination with you.
The Best Friend Sanctuary also takes a strong stance on No-Kill initiatives and preserves the lives of each homeless animal they rescue. The organization promotes adoption services with deals for those who qualify. For example, senior citizens who adopt an animal that is also of senior age walk away with their new furry pal for free. Veterans, active members of the military, and their families are also able to adopt a pet without charge. To check out more discounts and deals from Best Friends, head over to their site and do some browsing. You know you want to!
Petfinder is the veteran of all pet adoption sites. Finding homeless pets permanent housing for 20 years and still going strong, Petfinder is endorsed by celebrities and animal rights activists like Drew Barrymore and Kelsey Grammar. The American non-profit organization is sponsored by Bayer and Purina, and have thousands of dogs and cats listed in their database to be matched with the right adopter for them. Since 1996, Petfinder has helped 25 million homeless go from the streets to a nice, happy home. It that isn’t testament to their experience and success, then we don’t know what is.
Shelters and animal rescue organizations located in the United States, Canada and now, Mexico partner with Petfinder to fight the stigma surrounding animals who were born on the streets. The site specializes in cats and dogs with the largest amount of the two breeds being rescued everyday, although, you can find other pets to adopt like rabbits, ferrets, and birds. If you’re interested in checking out a local shelter or rescue group in your area, Petfinder will also lead to the nearest location where you can check out the animals available.
By adopting an animal you are saving a life and in the process changing your own for the better. To contribute to the change we wish to see in the world of animal homelessness, we urge you to consider adoption instead of purchasing your next forever friend. You’d be making a much bigger difference than you could possibly imagine.