You’ve made the exciting decision to get a new dog and have researched breed and age options. Now, it’s time to find your new pet. A great way to do this is by adopting a dog in need of a home. Your adoption options include Humane Societies, Animal Shelters, Animal Control, rescue groups and private individuals.

A common misconception about abandoned dogs is that something is wrong with them and it’s true that some are given up due to health or behavioral issues. However, the sad fact is that many dogs end up homeless through no fault of their own. The reasons people dispose of their dogs are varied, but many of these dogs will make wonderful companions if given the chance.

When looking for an adoptable dog, the less specific your criteria, the more choices you will have, but if you’re willing to be patient, you can usually find just what you’re looking for. A good place to begin your search may be This website allows you to enter the breed you want, and further narrow the search by sex, age, distance, etc. It’s a helpful tool and can show you a wide range of available dogs.