Great question! Adopt a Pet is a life-saving website and service that connects good people (like you) with great pets in need of loving homes across the U.S. and Canada.
Adopt a Pet does not house and care for the adorable pets you see on our site (even though we wish we could!); they are housed, cared for, and available for adoption through one of the following entities:
1. Animal Welfare Organizations:
At Adopt a Pet we're fortunate to list pets from over 15,000 animal welfare organizations and help support their biggest life-saving initiative—their adoption program!
Fun Fact: Animal welfare organizations include city and county animal care & control agencies and shelters, private nonprofit shelters such as Humane Societies and SPCAs, and nonprofit foster-based rescues.
2. Families who need to rehome their pet (private owner listings):
Thoughtful families, who are unfortunately in a difficult situation and need to find another loving home for their pet, use our Rehome by Adopt a Pet service to transition their pet as seamlessly as possible directly from their home to their pet's new home.
By proactively rehoming (along with your help!), they spare their pet the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty of being in a shelter setting, and help reduce the number of animals entering the sheltering system.
Fun Fact: This is not only better for the pets, but also for animal welfare organizations, as many overburdened and underfunded shelters are unable to take in every pet that needs them, and/or provide a positive outcome for all the pets in their care.
Adopt a Pet is a huge resource for shelters/rescues, and private families as our site, and the services we provide, help to expedite millions of adoptions (thanks to you)! This, in turn, reduces the number of animals entering the sheltering system, and decreases the amount of time others stay in a shelter setting...all good things. :)
From all of us at Adopt a Pet, thank you for adopting! No matter if you adopt a pet from a shelter/rescue or a private family, you are saving a life! Be sure to check out our other FAQs and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have. We're here to help you navigate every step of this beautiful journey!
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