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When people want to buy a dog or buy a puppy from a breeder or pet store, more and more people are first searching their local animal shelter or purebred rescue group to see if there might be a purebred dog or puppy they might like to adopt. In most cases this is a cheaper way to buy a puppy. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue also saves a life, so if you are looking to find a breeder or visit a pet store, please consider as an option adopting a dog from your animal shelter or rescue organization near you.
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Where to buy a dogSome people want to get a purebred puppy and think their only option is to go to a local pet store or dog breeder near them. That's certainly one way to get a purebred dog or puppy, but many people don’t realize that sometimes purebred dogs and puppies end up in shelters and need homes as well.Any dog of any age can end up in a shelter. Someone may breed their purebred dog to sell the puppies but then not find homes for all the purebred puppies. Or someone might buy a puppy from a breeder or a pet store, and then be unable to keep the puppy. Perhaps they cannot afford the care, or there is a crisis in the family that requires them to find a new home for their dog. They may not be able to return the puppy to the dog breeder or pet store, and so the purebred puppy might be taken to a shelter to find a new home.Adopting vs BuyingWhen people want to buy a dog or buy a puppy from a breeder or pet store, more and more people are first searching their local animal shelter or purebred rescue group to see if there might be a purebred dog or puppy they might like to adopt. In most cases this is a cheaper way to buy a puppy. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue also saves a life, so if you are looking to find a breeder or visit a pet store, please consider as an option adopting a dog from your animal shelter or rescue organization near you. Animal Shelters by location, find the animal shelter nearest you. We show thousands of pets everyday from animal adoption centers across the country.
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All volunteer opportunities are in New York City. Individuals unable to volunteer in New York City should contact their local animal welfare organization. To find a shelter near you, please visit and click on the Shelters & Rescues tab.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the hundreds of animal rescues and shelters which so generously participated in our surveys and interviews to help bring this guide to life. You may recognize some of the rescues and shelters here from our articles and we’ve tried to include direct quotes from them throughout the series. Take a look below and see which one is located near you!Best Friends Animal Society's No More Homeless Pets Network includes more than 1,800 rescue organizations and municipal shelters throughout the country, making it easy to adopt a pet in your community. The Network focuses on building relationships and working with local organizations to end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters. near you and discover your new best friend.