Local shelters and rescues can help you find the ideal four-legged friend. 

By April McFadden

More than 2.5 million cats and dogs are adopted every year, giving plenty
of animals a new lease on life. Turn to local shelters and rescues to help you find a match that’s just right for your family—and give a pet a forever home.


Shelters: Typically run by municipal or governmental agencies or private nonprofits.

Rescues: Nonprofit organizations supported by donations and staffed by volunteers