Find local puppies for adoption at an animal shelter, a rescue group or a breed-specific rescue group. There are ways to find puppies online, but it is important to make sure the site is a reliable source.
One way to find puppies online is to visit the official websites of shelters and rescue groups or go through sites that list available groups in a specific area. Contact shelters and rescue groups to schedule a time to meet the puppies they have available for adoption or to find out if there are special dates when they promote adoptions. Visit the shelters and rescue groups to talk to the staff and tour the facilities.
Research the shelters or rescue groups to make sure they have a good reputation in the community or are recommended by local veterinarians. An ideal shelter or rescue group is a non-profit organization that has reasonable adoption fees at or under $200 that go toward the expenses of the care of the puppy. Make sure the facilities are clean and the animals are given excellent care.
Beware of puppy mills or any suspicious behavior from the staff of any group. Contact the local police if you observe any abuse or poor care conditions. If you are seeking a purebred dog, find a breed-specific rescue group that uses an experienced breeder before buying from a puppy mill or backyard breeder.