American Humane Association

In America, there is an overpopulation of homeless pets. There are simply too many companion animals and not enough homes.

But you can help. One way to start putting an end to pet overpopulation is to adopt your next pet from your local shelter or breed rescue group. By doing so you immediately give a home to an animal that didn’t have one, and you reduce the overall number of homeless pets out there.

Explore these pages to learn more about the adoption process. You’ll discover the advantages of adopting rather than buying an animal, and determine what type of pet is right for you.

Once you find your new best friend, further peruse these pages for information on behavior and training, ideal pet care, animal welfare issues, and how to keep you new pet safe.

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The Humane Society

Animal shelters and rescue groups are your best source for a new pet

Your local shelter or rescue are the best places to look for your new pet. Mark Makela/For The HSUS
Did you know that shelters and rescues—large and small—always have a great selection of animals looking for new homes. You can find cats and dogs, birds and small animals and even horses and livestock.

In fact, any type of animal available for sale at your local pet store or at a breeder is probably waiting for adoption in a nearby shelter or rescue.

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provides tools and resources for animal welfare professionals and volunteers at public and private agencies and rescue groups, as well as veterinarians, law enforcement and emergency responders.

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Established in early 2006, the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) is an outgrowth of the unprecedented disaster season of 2005, during which major storms – most notably Hurricane Katrina – impacted more people and animals than any other storm in the history of the United States.

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Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. It is also a directory of nearly 14,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Organizations maintain their own home pages and available-pet databases.


HomeAgain helps us to register pets and ensure that lost pets are reunited with their families.

Sheepshead Bay Veterinary Group

We know we can count on Sheepshead Bay Veterinary Group to help make sure all of our animals are healthy and ready for their new homes!

Apartment List: Pet Friendly Apartments

This website helps connects pet friendly apartments to consumers who need them.

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On behalf of the entire Rescue City Team, THANK YOU for your help and interest in supporting our pets in need!