Pet Adoption

Adding a furry new member to the family? Learn everything you need to know about pet adoption.

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Adopting from an Animal Shelter

See why animal shelters are your best source for pet adoptions.

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Here are some things to consider before bringing a furry friend home.

Everything in Pet Adoption Bringing Pets Home
  • Bringing Your New Cat Home

    If you recently adopted a cat, or are planning to do so, follow these guidelines to increase the chances of making it a smooth transiti...

  • Bringing Your New Dog Home

    If you recently adopted a dog, or are planning to add a canine companion to your home soon, follow these guidelines to increase the cha...

  • Introducing Your Pet and New Baby

    The arrival of a new baby is an exciting and hectic time for everyone -- including your family pet.

  • Your Pet & Your Partner

    You've fallen in love...again. But will your first love -- your pet -- and your newest love -- your partner -- see eye-to-eye?

  • Choose the Right Pet for Your Family

    The decision to adopt a pet should be made thoughtfully, particularly when you have children. Then you'll need to teach your kids how t...

  • How to Find a Good Dog Breeder

    Planning to get a puppy from a professional breeder? Our guidelines will help you make sure that the breeder you're working with is a r...

  • Looking for Local Pet Information? Dial Pets 911.

    The HSUS has partnered with Pets 911 to help people across the country quickly and easily find the local pet-related information they n...

  • Giving Pets as Gifts

    Adding a pet to the family is a long-term commitment. It's a decision that needs input from everyone who would care for the animal. Tha...

  • Adopting from a Purebred Rescue Group

    If you have your heart set on a specific breed of dog or cat, consider adopting from a purebred rescue group.

  • Adopting from an Animal Shelter

    Animal shelters are your best source for pet adoptions. They not only ensure healthy animals, but they can help find the best match bet...

  • All Grown Up: The Unique Joys of Mature Pets

    Sure, puppies and kittens are cute, but they eventually all grow up. Adult animals can be every bit as adorable, with more of the quali...

  • Buying a Puppy

    Are you thinking about welcoming a dog into your life? Be sure to get the facts on where you are most likely to find a happy and health...

  • Choosing the Right Cat

    Cats make wonderful companions, and every feline is a true individual. If you decide to adopt a cat, it is important to take the time t...

  • Choosing the Right Dog

    You will find many dogs at your local animal shelter that would make a great companion. The trick is to find a pet who is a good match ...

  • Pure or Mixed Breed?

    Dogs and cats fall into two categories: purebreds or mixed breeds. We can help you decide which type of pet is right for you.

  • What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

    Sharing your life with an animal companion is a wonderful experience, but think before you adopt a pet. Here are some things to conside...