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Where can you look up local animal shelters?

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The Humane Society of the United States lists several websites for finding local animal shelters, including Shelter Pet Project, Adopt-a-Pet, and Petfinder. Each site offers search options using zip code, city name and distance to narrow down locations.

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The focus of these sites is to match potential pet owners with an animal in need of a home. Local animal shelters have pet adoption programs, which is why the sites have search tools for locating shelters in a specific area. A person can easily generate a list of local shelters as well as search by specific animal type, such as dog, cat, or a specific breed.

For example, the homepage of Shelter Pet Project has menu options for finding a shelter or searching for a pet. When a person clicks on the Find a Shelter icon, a new page generates requesting a zip code. Once the zip code is typed in, a list appears displaying shelter names, the general location and links to view more information and pets available at the selected shelter.

In addition to adoption, the sites offer general information about animal advocacy, safety, care and health. Adopt-a-Pet and Petfinder also provide videos about dog parks, pet selection and adoption procedures. Whether a person wants to locate a shelter to adopt a pet or leave a pet, the Humane Society finds the above referenced sites to be the most reliable.

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