Dogs of all sizes can be found through an ASPCA-participating shelter or through an unaffiliated shelter, either operated privately or by the county in which it is located. Resources exist to make available pets searchable by breed, size and even color.
In addition to local shelters, searchable databases of adoptable pets allow people to locate the types of dogs and puppies they want without having to visit each shelter individually. Many of these databases host information from pet adoption agencies all around the country and allow the user to filter results by region and distance, or even by individual shelters. While the ASPCA itself hosts information for many available pets, not all adoption agencies in a given area utilize this service. As a result, using an unaffiliated database can help in locating pets offered for adoption from these unaffiliated agencies and shelters. Local newspapers also have sections in their classified ads that offer either pets free to a good home or puppies for sale from litters that have been bred in individual homes. Using all of these resources can make locating a dog that suits a particular home much easier and provide a wealth of results instead of just one or two animals.