Philadelphia Puppies and Dogs Available

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


Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Philadelphia

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Philadelphia area? Get to know the history of your hometown with a free walking tour from Free Tours by Foot. You’ll hear fun trivia, anecdotes, and secrets about the city on the Freedom Rings two-hour tour. From Washington to Jefferson, stories about the important men and women who shaped our nation’s history are featured on the free tour. See sites like Congress Hall, Declaration House, the Liberty Bell, and others.

You may be in the city, but the great outdoors in Philly is full of dog parks. A local favorite is Schuylkill River Park Dog Run which offers pups a shaded, enclosed dog run, and owners a place to relax while their canine companions enjoy respite from city life. This little oasis along the river has a connector bridge where you can look down at the doggies as they play fetch. It even has K9Grass designed just for dogs with durable blades and antimicrobial protection.

If you are looking for some extra exercise for Fido, Wissahickon Valley – Fairmont Park is close to Philadelphia’s Center City. This gem, also called Forbidden Drive, is a dog-friendly 7-mile loop trail from Valley Green. Check out the red covered bridge and small waterfalls along the way. If you visit in the fall, Fido will love the changing of the leaves. Let your four-legged friend chase some geese behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Water Works in Fairmount Park. Take in the scenery as you walk along the Schuylkill River and see Boathouse Row. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Philadelphia area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Philadelphia on

Philadelphia Dog Rescues & Shelters

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

  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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia Dog & Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Philadelphia focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Philadelphia 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!