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Where to Find a Puppy to Adopt

Updated on June 23, 2014

If you are planning on adopting a puppy you may be wondering where to look for one. There is an abundance of places to adopt puppies if you are willing to take the time and effort to give one a home. This article will give you an overview on some of the places you can search for a puppy. Before you choose to adopt a puppy be sure you are going to be able to take care of it financially, emotionally and understand that owning a pet is a decade long (plus) commitment.

Where to Find Your New Puppy

Ask Around

Ask friends, co-workers and family if they know of anyone who has any puppies they don't want or cant take care of. Also ask these people if they know of anyone who has a puppy they don't want. If someone you do know has a puppy they are willing to adopt to you, you most likely won't have to pay an adoption fee, although you may need to get your dog spayed/neutered and brought up on shots on your own dime.

One benefit of adopting an animal from someone you know is that you will know the animals personality and background, which is a luxury not always available when adopting from a rescue or pound.

Humane Societies and Pounds

Humane societies and pounds are a great place to search for a puppy who needs a home

The difference between pounds and humane societies are that humane societies are volunteer/donation based and practice a no-kill policy which means they will keep an animal as long as it takes them to be adopted whereas pounds give animals a certain period of time to be adopted before they are euthanized.

Unfortunately there is a common misconception that animals in humane societies and pounds must have something wrong with them. However there may be many reasons they end up there such as: being a runaway, being abandoned by their owners, being surrendered for financial reasons or even simply because their owners did not realize owning a pet is such a time consuming and lifelong commitment.


There are a plethora of places to find puppies online. Websites such as Craigslist and PetFinder are a great place to find puppies. Many Shelters and independent rescues list puppies on these websites and they are easily search able. Using these websites you can search for certain characteristics such as breed, age, and size.

Great webpages to find dogs up for adoption


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    • gerald2165 profile image

      gerald2165 5 years ago from patillas puerto-rico

      yea you got a point there and my puppy is male so im thinking about going back to the aspca and getting my puppy a female companion.

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      umbertoobrian 5 years ago from Speedway, Indiana

      I am not a cat lover but all the homeless cats make me sad. Cats are not a high maintenance animal. Food, water and a litter box that requires occassional cleaning is all a cat needs, yet there are so many cats at the shelter that I broke down and took one home. Even though I don't like cats there is one less cat that will go hungry and homeless.

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      gerald2165 5 years ago from patillas puerto-rico

      ooh ok cool and i cant stand when a person abuses there dogs or cats just looking at all those homeless pets makes me sad.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I adopted my dog from the Humane Society last year. Good hub.

    • gerald2165 profile image

      gerald2165 5 years ago from patillas puerto-rico

      i got my puppy from the aspca 3 months old

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      umbertoobrian 5 years ago from Speedway, Indiana

      My first dog , as an adult living on my own, was from a friend who couldn't care for all 8 puppies. He was a Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix. It wasn't fair to him that I was not the best owner but he turned out awesome. He was a big dog, 80 pounds, and lived to the good old dog age of 14 and 1/2 years.

      My next dog was adopted from an dog rescue and fostering program. she was a beautiful medium sized Australian Cattle Dog/Yellow Lab mix and a sweet, smart doggy. When I think of her I get sad, she managed to work the back gate latch and bolt. She was struck by a car breaking my heart.

      My vet said to me, " Dogs don't live a long time and they need owners who love them. If you think you can love a dog, go to the County Animal Care and Control. They have lots of dogs there who need you."

      I now have a great middle aged old man, just like me to keep me company and fill my heart. Puppy, adult or old dog, they need you, go find one it will make you better.