To adopt a Maltese puppy, look through the American Kennel Club directory for a Maltese breeder, visit a Maltese rescue organization such as the American Maltese Rescue Group, or visit a local animal shelter. Sites such as Petfinder.com make it easy to search for Maltese puppies at shelters.
Each breeder, rescue group and animal shelter has its own rules regarding pet adoption, such as adoption fees and home requirements. Many rescue groups and breeders also want to know about the kind of personality that the prospective dog owner is hoping to find in a puppy. This makes it possible to match each owner with an appropriate puppy. The American Maltese Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that rescues Maltese dogs and puppies.