Columbus Puppies and Dogs Available

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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Columbus


Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Columbus

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in Columbus? Gresso’s welcomes your dog with open arms at “Pups on the Patio” on Tuesday nights, from 5:00 pm to close. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Dog Shelter, so you can eat knowing you are giving back. You can also enjoy the fresh air on the patio at Brown Bag Deli in the historic German Village. Fresh salads, specialty sandwiches, and daily specials are available at lunchtime.

There are many dog-friendly trails throughout Columbus. The Greenway, a rails- to-trails initiative, has several options for walking. A favorite is Olentangy Trail which picks up near the north end of Scioto Trail and heads 13 miles north through parks and Ohio State University. Fido will enjoy meandering around the river, which nicely drowns out the noise of the city.

Let your pup have some off-leash fun at one of the Columbus area dog parks. Head to Wheeler Dog Park to meet other pet parents and their fur babies or head out to Delaware to the popular Alum Creek Dog Park where Fido can run through the park or play in the creek. After a day of fun, pamper your new best friend with a new toy or chew from Posh Pets Boutique on High Street. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in Columbus, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Columbus on

Columbus Dog Rescues & Shelters

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Columbus

  1. Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in Columbus, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
    1. Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
    2. Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
    3. Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
    4. Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in Columbus, and right here on
  3. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  4. Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in Columbus paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  5. Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in Columbus. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

Some Columbus Dog and Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Columbus focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Columbus focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your rescue or shelter account. Thank you!