How to Adopt a Dog

Adopting a pet is a big step. There are a lot of things to consider, from choosing the right one for your lifestyle to deciding where to adopt from. Let us help you find the perfect canine companion.  

Purina has tools and resources to not only help you choose the right breed, but we are partnered with the Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA) to also help you find adoptable dogs near you. Plus, our experts have a wealth of tips and advice to keep your new four-legged friend as healthy and happy as possible.  

Choosing the Right Dog for You

To find the right dog or cat for you, you’ll have to do some research. By exploring various breeds, their energy levels, grooming needs and more, you can ensure the pet you bring into your home fits seamlessly into your life. You can also explore different breeds on our site, sorting by size and other factors to find the right breed for you.  

Where to Adopt Your Dog

Once you understand the type of dog you’re looking for, it’s time to start your search. There are plenty of options when it comes to adopting a dog, which we’ve outlined below.  

·       BreederYou may want to visit a breeder if you’re looking for a specific breed and have questions about personality, health conditions and other considerations. Keep in mind, this is probably the most expensive route, but by going through a reputable breeder, you know exactly where your pet came from and may even have the opportunity to meet his litter mates, mother and father.  

·       Shelters: If you want a purebred dog or cat but prefer not to go through a breeder, shelters are another great option. They often have a surprising number of purebreds and many other types of dogs. These facilities house animals for many different reasons and are operated by organizations dedicated to animal welfare, like a humane society, or by a municipal or county government. They usually have a wide variety of dogs and cats including puppies and kittens in need of loving homes, and some may have already acquired basic house training and cooperative skills.  

·       Rescue Organizations: Like shelters, rescue organizations are dedicated to animal welfare, but they may not have a dedicated facility to house and care for their adoptable pets. Rescues care for a much smaller number of animals through a network of private foster homes rather than in a shelter. Volunteers or staff members often foster one or more animals at a time to provide temporary, in-home care. As foster parents care for pets in their home, they learn a lot about the dog or cat’s personality and behavior. In most cases, you can contact the rescue group and request to visit adoptable pets in foster homes to determine if they’re a good fit.   

Start Your Search Today

If you’re anxious to start the search for your new four-legged friend, visit to explore adoptable dogs and cats near you. Wherever you choose to get your dog or cat, we hope we’ve helped you in your search to find a companion to enrich your life with a lot of love and adventure. Before you bring your new furry family member home, stock up onfood and treats to keep him happy and healthy.

Discover more about Purina's partnership with the Animal Welfare League Australia.  


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