One way to adopt a rescue pet is to search for one in your area on AdoptAPet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website, as of 2015. You can also look up your local chapter of the Humane Society or other animal shelters through the Shelter Pet Project website.
Start the process of finding a rescue pet to adopt by visiting the websites of certain organizations dedicated to the care and welfare of animals, such as The Humane Society of the United States. Its site is a good place to begin, as it is the largest and most effective animal protection organization in the country. The Humane Society provides information regarding the adoption and care of rescue pets, as well as links to resources that can help you locate an available pet near you.
One of these resources is the Shelter Pet Project. Going to this website, typing your ZIP code in the appropriate box on the home page and clicking Search provides you with a list of all animal shelters and available pets in your area. The name and contact information for each shelter pops up, as well as links to their individual websites and lists of rescue pets they currently have. After viewing the available animals, you can then contact the shelter directly to take steps towards adopting the one you want.
AdoptAPet.com is similar to the Shelter Pet Project, but its search engine allows you to specify the type of animal you want, as well as your location.