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Great Tips for Searching for a Puppy in California

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Puppy for Sale in California.

  1. Finding the Best Match - It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal puppy. It’s all about the right match!

  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of 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 puppy 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 California shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.

  3. Do You Have the Time for a Puppy? Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages over first looking at California puppies for sale from a breeder. 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 puppy adopted in California 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 puppy for sale at a California pet store, or even a California puppy breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued 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 puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

California Rescues & Shelters by County Posting Pets on Adopt-a-Pet.com.

Below you'll find links to a list of  California focused rescue organizations posting pets on Adopt-a-Pet.com by county. This may not be a complete list! If you are a California focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!