Adopt a companion animal. Every year, animal shelters destroy millions of dogs - including purebreds and puppies - and cats. PLEASE adopt a companion animal from your local shelter, humane society, rescue organization (some specialize in a particular breed) or veterinarian. In addition, many pet supply stores, such as Petsmart or Petco, sponsor adoption days.
You can also find animals to adopt at these websites:
- Where to Adopt in New York City (pdf)
- Where to Adopt in Chicago (pdf)
- Illinois Purebred Rescues (pdf)
Follow this link: Google: Animal Adoption
In the results you'll see one called a Cattery. There are those for boarding and those for breeding. Avoid commercial breeding catteries! Ask smart questions. Don't support commercial breeding facilities, puppy mills or catteries.
Not convinced about the horrors of puppy mills? Please read: