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Where To Adopt a Dog Near Me

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog

Finding a local dog rescue that is reputable is such an important part of adopting a dog. It can be the difference between adopting a dog with unknown health issues to adopting your perfect healthy dog.

It can take some detective work to find a reputable dog rescue or shelter. It’s unfortunate, but there are many people taking advantage of our big hearts and selling dogs simply for profit.

When we were ready to start fostering dogs, I researched four different local rescues before deciding upon Fetch WI Rescue. I wanted to make sure the values of the rescue matched ours as a family.I’ve learned a lot since being involved in the behind-the-scenes of dog rescue.

Best Local Dog Rescues Near You

We all have seen sad stories about puppy mills, and laws are being created to try and help stop the sale of puppy mill dogs. But the puppy mills are getting tricky and hiding behind a rescue name.

My point is, do your research, ask friends, family, search Google for reviews. We feel sorry for the dogs when we see sad stories about their living conditions. But are you prepared to adopt a dog with health and/or behavior issues?

What Makes a Dog Rescue Reputable?

If you haven’t noticed, I keep repeating the word REPUTABLE! Why? Because can make or break your adoption experience. A reputable dog rescue will make sure their dogs are healthy before getting adopted.

A sketchy dog rescue may adopt dogs that have illnesses unknown to you until you bring the dog home. Then you realize it’s going to cost you $1,000’s in vet bills and medication. I’ve heard the horror stories, believe me they aren’t pretty. Some dog rescues just don’t care about the dog, they just want the cold hard cash. You can be bringing home a dog with severe behavior issues and end up paying big money for dog behaviorist trainers.

So again, it bears repeating… reputable, research, questions and more research. This is your life, your family. Do you want a dog with health and behavior issues? Are you prepared to pay $1,000’s on vets and trainers?

Make sure to visit our dog adoption page to get all the information you need to find and adopt your perfect dog! And download our adoption questionnaire below:

Dog Adoption Questions

Adopt Your Perfect Dog!

Asking all the right questions can be the difference between adopting a dog with unknown health or behavior issues and adopting your perfect and healthy dog. This adoption interview PDF makes it easy to remember to ask those questions! 

53 questions you MUST ask before adopting a dog...

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Where Can I Adopt a Dog Near Me?

Below are links to a list of reputable local dog rescues in every state of the United States. This is not just copy and paste from Petfinder. I researched each Dog Rescue’s website, Facebook page and reviews, and local Google reviews. I also asked others in the Rescue Dogs 101 Community for their recommendations.

Click on your state below to start your search for a reputable dog rescues near you:

Note we are currently building this list. If your state does not have an active link, that means we are still researching that state. Please leave a comment below with the location you are interested in and I will move it to the top of my list. 

**(recommended by a Rescue Dogs 101 community member)

Alabama

Best Reputable Local Dog Rescues and Shelters in Alabama

Make sure to visit our dog adoption page to get all the information you need to find and adopt your perfect dog!

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
www.MetroAnimalShelter.org

Two by Two Rescue
Helena, AL 35080
www.TwoByTwoRescue.com
www.facebook.com/twobytworescue

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Alaska

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Alaska

Alaska Mindful Paws Homer Animal Shelter
Homer, AK/99603
www.alaskamindfulpaws.org
www.facebook.com/akmindfulpaws

Bethel Friends of Canines
Bethel, AK 99559
www.bethelfriendsofcanines.com
www.facebook.com/BethelFriendsofCanines

The Humane Society of Kodiak (HSK)
Kodiak, AK 99615
www.kodiakanimalshelter.org
www.facebook.com/kodiakanimalshelter

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Arizona

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Arizona

AZK9 Rescue
Phoenix, Arizona 85381
www.azk9.org
www.facebook.com/pg/AZK9Rescue

Lucky Dog Rescue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
www.luckydogrescue.org
www.facebook.com/LuckyDogRescueAZ

One Love Pit Bull Foundation
Mesa, Arizona 85277
www.oneloveaz.org
www.facebook.com/onelovearizona

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Arkansas

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Arkansas

ArkanPaws Animal Rescue
Conway AR 72033
www.arkanpaws.org
www.facebook.com/ArkanPawsAnimalRescue

Paws and Claws Pet Shelter
Huntsville, AR 72740
www.thepetshelter.org
www.facebook.com/PCPSHELTER

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

California

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in California

Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierras**
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
www.foothilldogrescue.org
Foster-based dog rescue that pulls dogs from high-population shelters as well as takes owner surrenders and provides behavioral support to fosters and adopters. For a small-town rescue, exceptional support provided.

All Animal Rescue & Friends
San Martin, CA 95046
www.facebook.com/AARFLOVE

Coppers Dream Animal Rescue
San Francisco Bay Area
www.coppersdream.org
www.facebook.com/CoppersDream

Furry Friends Rescue
Fremont, CA 94537
www.furryfriendsrescue.org
www.facebook.com/FFRescue

Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue
San Martin, CA 95046
www.jakeswishrescue.org
www.facebook.com/JakesWishRescue

Love and Second Chances
San Ramon, CA 94582
www.lovesecondchances.org
www.facebook.com/LoveSecondChances

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
www.peaceofminddogrescue.org
www.facebook.com/POMDR

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Colorado

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Colorado

All Paws Matter Rescue
Englewood, CO 80110
www.apmrescue.com/
www.facebook.com/AllpawsmatterCO

Colorado Canine Rescue
Englewood, Colorado 80113
www.coloradocaninerescue.org
www.facebook.com/coloradocaninerescue

Doggy Dog World Rescue
Littleton, Colorado 80127
www.doggydogworldrescue.com
www.facebook.com/Doggy-Dog-World-Rescue-139689712736481

Front Range German Shepherd Dog Rescue
Larkspur, CO 80118
www.frgsr.rescuegroups.org
www.facebook.com/FRGSR

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Connecticut

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Connecticut

Double Dog Rescue
Unionville, Connecticut 06085
www.doubledogrescue.org
www.facebook.com/DoubleDogRescue

Labs4rescue
Killingworth, CT, 06419
www.labs4rescue.com
www.facebook.com/labs4rescue

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Delaware

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Delaware

It Takes A Village Animal Rescue, Inc.
Middletown, DE 19709
www.itavar.com
www.facebook.com/pg/ITAVAR

Paws for Life
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
www.pawsforlife.org
www.facebook.com/pg/pawsforlifemd

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Florida

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Florida

Abandoned Pet Rescue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.abandonedpetrescue.org
www.facebook.com/AbandonedPetRescue

Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Loxahatchee, FL 33470
www.bdrr.org
www.facebook.com/bigdogranchrescue

Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc.
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
www.dogsandcatsforever.com
www.facebook.com/DogsandCatsForever

Nate’s Place & The Ranch
Bradenton, FL 34211
www.nateshonoranimalrescue.org
www.facebook.com/HonorAnimalRescue

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Georgia

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Georgia

Best Friends in Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
www.bestfriends.org/our-work/regional-programs/best-friends-atlanta
www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsocietyATL

FurKids
Atlanta, Georgia 30340

Mostly Mutts Pet Rescue
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
www.mostlymutts.org
www.facebook.com/MostlyMuttsGA

PAWS Atlanta
Decatur, GA 30035
www.pawsatlanta.org
www.facebook.com/PAWSAtlanta

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Hawaii

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Hawaii

Kauai Humane Society
Lihue, HI 96766
www.kauaihumane.org
/www.facebook.com/kauaihumanesociety

The Hawaiian Humane Society
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
www.hawaiianhumane.org
www.facebook.com/HawaiianHumaneSociety

Hawaii Island Humane Society
Multiple Locations
www./hihs.org
www.facebook.com/HIHSoc

Maui Humane Society
Puunene, Hawaii 96784
www.mauihumanesociety.org
www.facebook.com/MauiHumaneSociety
Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Idaho

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Idaho

Boise Bully Breed Rescue
Boise, ID
www.boisebullybreedrescue.com
www.facebook.com/BoiseBullyBreedRescue

Fuzzy Pawz Rescue
Boise, ID
www.fuzzypawzrescue.com
www.facebook.com/FuzzyPawzRescue

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary
Challis, ID 83226
www.heartofidahoanimalrescue.com
www.facebook.com/heartofidahoanimalsanctuary

Idaho German Shepherd Rescue
Boise, ID 83711
www.idahogsdrescue.org
www.facebook.com/idahogsdrescue

Take Me Home Dog Rescue
Eagle, ID 83616
www.takemehomedogrescue.org
www.facebook.com/takemehomedogrescueinc

Download our easy to use dog adoption interview PDF to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog that will be your perfect dog!

Illinois

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Illinois

Animal Education and Rescue
Libertyville, IL 60048
www.aear.org
www.facebook.com/aear.org

Garrido Stray Rescue**
Chicago, IL 60656
www.facebook.com/pg/GarridoStrayFund

Genesis Animal Rescue
Mattoon, IL 61938
www.genesisanimalrescue.org
www.facebook.com/GenesisAnimalRescue.org

Illinois Valley Animal Rescue
Lasalle, IL 61301
www.illinoisvalleyanimalrescue.net
www.facebook.com/Illinois-Valley-Animal-Rescue-AKA-IVAR-126790335931/

K9s4U Dog Rescue
Island Lake, IL 60042
www.k9s4u.org
www.facebook.com/K9s4uDogRescueInc

Placing Paws of Illinois
Libertyville, IL 60048
www.placingpawsrescue.org
www.facebook.com/placing.pawsrescue

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin Local Dog Rescues

Make sure to visit our dog adoption page to get all the information you need to find and adopt your perfect dog!

Reputable local dog rescues in the Madison Area.

Fetch WI Rescue**
Verona, WI 53593
http://www.fetchwi.org/

Read In the Spotlight: Fetch WI Rescue for more information.

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin**
Madison, WI 53704
https://www.underdogpetrescue.org/

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Wyoming

Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog in Wyoming

Black Dog Animal Rescue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
www.bdar.org
www.facebook.com/BlackDogAnimalRescue

Cheyenne Animal Shelter
Cheyenne, WY 82007
Dog & Cat Shelter, Inc.

Sheridan, WY 82801

www.dogandcatshelter.org
www.facebook.com/dogncatsheridan

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This list will be expanded as we find more dog rescues worthy of being recommended.

[If you have a dog rescue you think we should list, please leave a comment below with your recommendation. I will personally research the rescue and consider adding it to the list.]

Dog Adoption Questions

Adopt Your Perfect Dog!

Asking all the right questions can be the difference between adopting a dog with unknown health or behavior issues and adopting your perfect and healthy dog. This adoption interview PDF makes it easy to remember to ask those questions! 

53 questions you MUST ask before adopting a dog...

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Other great resources to find local rescues are PetFinder.com, Adopt-a-Pet.com, and AKC.com. I talk about the benefits of each of these adoption websites here.

About the Author Debi@RescueDogs101

Debi McKee is a dog mom, volunteer foster dog home, and lifetime dog lover. Debi’s mission is to guide you through every step of your dog journey, from adopting the perfect dog for you and your family, to training your dog and keeping your dog happy and healthy. Sign up for our free resource library of must-have resources, containing valuable downloads to help you in your dog journey.

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