Springfield, Missouri has a few good-size local shelters that are likely to have at least a few puppies at any given time. The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, The Springfield Animal Shelter and the Castaway Animal Rescue Effort are all Springfield-based organizations that offer adoption services for puppies. PetFinder is an online tool with access to the adoption lists of hundreds of shelters across the United States, allowing users to search by animal type, size, age, and gender.
The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri offers a searchable list of animals available for adoption online, providing a picture and any available details about an animal's past and/or personality. PetFinder.com offers a similar service, but the database is not restricted to a single shelter; PetFinder draws from hundreds of shelters around the country, so potential adopters can easily search for puppies located in or around Springfield. PetFinder supplies contact details and date of availability for each adoptable animal, but puppies located on PetFinder are not guaranteed to be available immediately.
Castaway Animal Rescue does not offer a list of adoptable puppies, but organizes mobile adoption events in addition to daily open hours at its location. Occasionally owners turn to Craigslist to rehome puppies instead of sending them to a shelter and sometimes are willing to give them away for free.