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Save a Life... Adopt a Rescued Pet

Why adopt rather than buy a pet? Because there isn’t enough room for all of the pets that crowd our nation’s shelters. Because every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in America. Puppies and kittens that have no place to go. Because as long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the pets brought into our world. And because, as a result, the ASPCA estimates that between six and nine million pets will be put to death in shelters this year. Each year in Davidson County alone, more than 10,000 pets are put to death.

When you adopt a pet, you not only save that pet's life, but you open up a space for another pet so that he too may have a second chance at life!

Animal Shelters

Animal shelters run by humane societies and animal control typically keep pets on site in cages and/or kennels. They offer on-site adoption. Some shelters are no-kill or low-kill while some, such as most animal controls, must euthanize if a pet does not become adopted in a specific timeframe.  There simply is not room to hold all of the pets that are unwanted, abandoned and neglected. For a list of local animal shelters, please click here.

Rescue Groups

Unlike shelters, most rescue groups do not have a physical shelter building. Most of these groups are operated by a small group of volunteers and rely on a network of foster homes to care for pets who are awaiting adoption. They may hold on-site adoptions at area pet stores, but most often conduct home visits and applications prior to adoption.  For a list of local rescue groups that adopt cats, dogs and other animals, please click here.

Online Pet Adoption Listings

Did you know that most shelters and rescue groups list their adoptable pets online, making it easy to browse and to find your purrfect match? Check out the links below to get started!

Online Pet Adoption Resources & Information

ASPCA Pet Adoption Page

HSUS Pet Adoption Page