By adopting an animal from a shelter, rescue organization or animal control facility you are helping to save a life. There are many wonderful animals waiting for a person and place to call home. If you are looking for a purebred animal, there are many rescue groups that focus on a specific breed of dog or cat. Also, studies have shown that over 25% of pets available for adoption at shelters are purebred. Visit one of the MSPCA's Adoption Centers or find a breed rescue or adoption center near you at http://www.petfinder.com/. Learn to be puppy-source savvy at Pupquest.
Finding a Responsible Breeder
If you can't find the animal you are looking for at a shelter, a responsible breeder may be the best option. Click here for tips on how to make sure you are getting a puppy from a responsible breeder.