How to find your new dog!
Make adoption your first choice! There a millions of puppies (yes, there are puppies in rescue!) and dogs of all ages (young, adult, senior) and specific breeds in shelters or rescue organizations across the country. These dogs are not damaged, and deserve a chance at a happy life with a forever family. Check out your local shelter or animal control for available dogs.
You can search available dogs by breed, age, size, and gender at these websites:
Be aware that many websites that are advertising or brokers for commercial breeding kennels will use the word ADOPT on their website.
A reputable rescue will have dogs of all ages available for adoption! If the rescue or website you are visiting only has puppies available, be cautious that you may not be supporting an actual rescue. A rescue will be as interested in you as you are in the dog. Rescues will have you fill out an application, check personal and/or veterinary references, and perhaps make a home visit. The volunteers from this organizations will ask questions about previous pets or what qualities or personality you are looking for in your new best friend.