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Adoption and Rescue

Animal shelters are the first place to look when you are thinking of adding a pet to your family. Not only do they have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, but many of them also have kittens, puppies and purebred animals.


Reasons to adopt or rescue a pet

You'll save a life

Sadly, between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt from shelters. Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven't been adopted. But the number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, breed rescue group, or the local animal control agency, you'll help save the lives of two animals -- the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.


You'll save money

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a pet or even getting one free thanks to the services provided by the shelter or rescue group. Because animals from most groups are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed and often bathed and treated for fleas, the adoption fee is a real bargain


You'll feel better

Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.


You'll get a healthy pet

Animal shelters are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.



These are just a few reasons, you may check out the links below for more information on where to find pets that are in need of homes.



Blue Ridge Humane Society

Alcovy Pet Resuce

Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue

American Kennel Club Rescue Network

Anderson County Humane Society

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Boykin Spaniel Rescue

Carolina Poodle Rescue

Colbert Veterinary Rescue

Dachshund Rescue of North Amer.

Dalmatian Rescue of Virginia

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue

Great Dane Rescue

Labrador Rescue of North Carolina

Morningstar Animal Rescue

Palmetto Animal League

Project Halo

Recycled Pets

Richardson Rescue

Saving Southern Kitties

Second Chance Dog Rescue & Referral, Inc

Siamese Rescue

The Bulldog Club of America Rescue

Lovable Paws Rescue  

Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love


 If you know of any others you would like to add please email or use the contact us button above.