Now that you’ve decided to add a new furry, feathered, or scaled member to your household, how do you find them? Start with a pet rescue locator.

With so many companion animals in need of homes, you’ll want to make sure the one you pick is good fit your you and your family. You can use one of the many online resources to find the perfect fit for you and your family.

So Many Animal Rescue Locations

There are so many good-hearted people involved in animal rescue and rehoming abandoned pets. But sometimes it seems impossible to find or sift through all the rescues and shelters. Luckily, a pet rescue locator can help you save time and narrow down your search. Most allow you to search by location, type of pet, breed, age, and more. When you click on search results you’ll see each listing has a photo, stats, and a description of the pet.

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What Are the Types of Animal Shelters Near My Location

Animal shelters and rescues are usually managed by local governments, large charitable organizations, or small non-profit organizations. The type of shelter often determines the type of cat, dog, or small animal friend you’ll find at this location. A good pet rescue locator lets you narrow your search by the type of animal. You can also filter for age, breed, and sex. County animal shelters generally have a wide range of adoptable animals. Meanwhile, small rescue organizations often specialize in a particular type and breed.

How Do I Find Animal Shelters Near My Location

Pet rescue locator search engines help you find pets within the distance you’re willing to search. You can type in your zip code, city, or state, and often narrow down the distance you’re willing to travel. You can often find a county animal shelter within just a few miles of your home. But don’t give up if the pet you want seems too far away. Rescues will often work with you and others in your network to help transport your new pet.

Use an online pet rescue locator to find your next companion animal.

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Use Pet Rescue Locators to Locate Animal Shelters Near You

There are a number of pet search specific search engines to help locate an animal shelter or foster within your local area. Finding a nearby shelter or the cat or dog you’re hoping to adopt is only an internet search away.


One of the internet’s most popular pet search engines, PetFinder also has animal care resources and information. Along with a pet rescue locator, you can also narrow your search for a specific pet by type (cat, dog, rabbit, horse, etc.), breed, age, and gender.


Upfront, Petango offers fewer search parameters and mainly focuses on cats and dogs, but it’s effortless to navigate. This user-friendliness makes it simpler for non-techies to find a nearby pet shelter. If you want to narrow your search down further, though, you can click on “advanced search” to look for pets of a particular age or color.


This online resource offers searches that include small animals and farm animals and boasts an “online dating” type interface. AllPaws provides a lot of information about each individual pet, including its temperament and compatibility.


RescueMe includes wildlife as an adoptable option, along with standard domestic companion animals, for those who rescue squirrels, opossums, and other small wild animals. These are usually not the best options for family pets, but some rescued wildlife cannot be returned safely to the wild.

Adopt a Pet

Adopt a Pet is sponsored by PetCo and also offers a pet rescue locator as well as a search engine for finding a specific type of pet to adopt.

The Humane Society

The Human Society is a large charitable organization that provided animal protection, education, and supports local animal shelters. They have a pet rescue locator called The Shelter Pet Project  That allows you to search for a specific type of pet or just find a local shelter.


The Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has two locator services on their website: one to find local shelters, and one to find a specific pet.

Find animal rescue locations near you.

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Animal Shelter Location Shouldn’t Determine Your Pet Search

Bringing a new family member is an exciting but stressful event, and it’s understandable that prospective pet parents may want to keep the trip to pick up their new pet home as short and sweet as possible. There’s not much more panic-inducing than a long car ride with a frightened cat crouched on the rear floorboards, sending up bursts of cat hair from terror. Or a dog who hasn’t quite learned the rules, deciding to get to know you better by crawling into your lap while you’re barreling down I-75 at 70 mph.

But don’t let distance be the deciding factor when adopting a new pet. Along with pet rescue locators, you can also find rescue networks that will help out with transport. Animal lovers throughout the U.S. sign up to donate their time and gas to help abandoned companion animals get to their new homes safe and sound. Some of the organizations that provide rescue pet transport are:

The animal shelter location shouldn't stop you from adopting a pet.

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Online pet rescue locators can make the search for a new companion animal a breeze. In addition, most offer information and other resources to make the process simpler for prospective pet parents. You’ll find that bringing a new rescue pet into your home is one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

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