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.