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Where to Find Dogs & Puppies for Sale Near You: 10 Ethical Sites

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So, you are on a mission to find your new best friend, where should you start? Many of us don't have the patience or resources to drive all around looking for puppies for sale near us.

Thanks to the ease of modern technology, we no longer have to wait to find dogs for sale. The internet is an amazing resource for getting in touch with animal adoptions in your area. Whether you're looking to adopt from a shelter or connect with a breeder or rescue group, there is somewhere on the web for you to search.

Finding trustworthy sites to help you on your journey is important if you want to find posts you can rely on and that will get you one step closer to bringing your furry friend home. Here are ten trustworthy sites you can use.

1. is an excellent website to find where to buy a dog, backed by well-known companies like Purina and Bayer. And the site is not just for dogs, either. You can search for cats, rabbits, horses, birds, and other types of pets. You can also look for local shelters and rescue services.

The interface is clean and easy to use. Enter your location and the age and breed you're looking for. Hit Search, and you're on your way to finding Fido! You can browse through the search results, see photos, or narrow your search further. You'll see details for the dogs that interest you, like age, color, and weight, and you can then follow the adoption process.

Adopt-a-Pet also offers handy pet alert options, where you can receive emails when new pets match your search criteria.

2. American Kennel Club (AKC)

The AKC is an organization that has been around since the late 1800s, so you know it's reputable. They play a major role in registering breeds, making them an excellent resource for finding dog breeders near you.

The puppies for sale page on their site is only a very small part of their focus, but if you're interested in learning about an organization you know you can trust, it's an option for you to consider.

You'll only find dogs from breeders who are AKC-licensed or club members who have AKC-registered puppies. These aren't going to be average breeders, and especially not people whose dogs had an unplanned litter of pups.

In addition, you're going to be paying a lot more for a dog that's registered with the AKC. Breeders sell kennel club puppies to show them and compete in the competition. Unless you need a competition puppy, there are tons of other websites to buy dogs from.

3. NextDayPets

On NextDayPets, the interface provides a nice way to navigate through their website and allows you to find puppies for sale from trustworthy dog breeders near you. Enter a breed into the search box and click the blue Find a puppy button.

You are then able to refine your results by gender, location, price range, and other factors. Each result displays the breed, age, and location. If you select a pup to learn more, you'll see additional photos and full details about the dog, including if they are microchipped and AKC-registered.

You can contact the seller or breeder directly through the NextDayPets website, or hit the Reserve Me button to move forward through the adoption process.

4. Petfinder

Petfinder is another very well-known source for finding puppies, as well as many other pets. In fact, its search results are used by many other websites, and it also allows breeders and rescue organizations to host their own websites directly within Petfinder.

On the main page, enter your location and start your search for the type of puppy that you want. You can then narrow down your results by age, breed, size, gender, behavior, or other options. Once you click the Find Pets button, it'll show you all the puppies or dogs for sale near you.

Select a puppy that interests you for additional photos, a description, whether the dog is good with children, and other helpful details. If you want to contact the current owner or shelter, you can do so easily with the form on the website.


The ASPCA, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is another very reliable place to find animal shelters in your area.

Click the Adopt button at the top and then check out the pets available for adoption, from dogs to cats to horses. You can also select the Local Shelters tab to find a shelter in your area or view dogs available at a local shelter.

Enter your zip code, optionally add breed and gender, and mark options for sizes, ages, and behavior. Selecting a pet will provide you with full details, their location, and contact information.

6. Rescue Me

Rescue Me is an animal rehabilitation center that offers adoption services through its website. Click the View Animals for Adoption button at the top, pick the type of pet, and then browse through the adorable photos covering any breed imaginable.

You'll then move on to choosing your location and will see results for the breed you select in your area. When you see a pooch you like, check out details about their compatibility, personality, health, and more. No doubt, it's a great resource for those considering rehoming small or large dogs.

What's really awesome about Rescue Me is that they have structured dog rescue sites and link directories for not only all of the United States, but an impressive number of countries around the world too.

7. The Shelter Pet Project

The Shelter Pet Project is a public service ad campaign focused on encouraging potential pet owners to consider rescuing a pet from a shelter as their first option. They are backed by The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie's Fund.

To begin looking for your new best friend, just enter your postal code, select either the cat or dog, and click the Search button. The results are magnificent and easy to scan through.

Moreover, if you want to narrow down your search, you can click the More Filters button and choose a breed, gender, size, and age. Tired of putting "puppies for sale near me" into Google? Thankfully, The Shelter Pet Project lets you search for nearby shelters too.

8. Petco Foundation

Petco is one of the popular online pet shops for buying pet supplies. The Petco Foundation focuses on animal welfare and making a difference. So, you'll definitely want to head to their website to find your new pal.

To help you in your puppy search, you can enter your location and any information about the type of dog you're looking for, such as breed and size. The site also lets you find cats, reptiles, birds, and other types of pets.

When you receive your search results, you can browse through the photos and then pick a pet that interests you. You'll see details about the dog, like age, gender, color, and size, along with its current location. You can then call or email if you'd like to move forward with the adoption process.

9. PetSmart Charities

Like Petco, PetSmart is a terrific place to purchase pet supplies. As another leader in animal welfare, PetSmart Charities have helped millions of needy pets across the country.

And if you've ever visited a PetSmart near you, you may have joined in on their pet adoption events. They let you know when the local pet store near you has puppies for adoption. These events are often the best places to find puppies.

On their website, you can find adoptable dogs and cats near you. Enter your zip code and then browse all available dogs or narrow down your options by age, breed, size, or gender. Pick a pup and check out the full details along with the pet's story. Click to send an email if you're interested in adopting the dog you find, or get the contact information.

10. PuppySpot

PuppySpot is a popular place to go to find a cute puppy. The interface and ease of navigation around the site are decent. To get started, you can either select a breed from the search box or click View All Puppies to check out all the puppies that are available for sale.

The best part is that each puppy comes with a PuppySpot-provided AKC registration package. You also get access to all AKC events, like dog shows, trials, and field activities, for the rest of your life.

Another thing that adds value is that PuppySpot gives your puppy a thorough nose-to-tail checkup and a 10-year health guarantee before delivering it to you.

Above all, if you are still uncertain about which puppy to adopt, you should check out PuppySpot's Breed Match quiz page. The questionnaire consists of only eight general questions and assists you in identifying the ideal dog breed for your lifestyle.

Beware of Puppy Mills

One of the biggest things you should be aware of is puppy mills. In layman's terms, puppy mills are high-volume dog breeding operations that breed puppies for profit while disregarding the needs of the puppies and their moms.

In other words, they put profit and capital over the well-being of the animals. You can read more about Puppy Mills on Wikipedia to get a better insight into the cruel aspect of some commercial dog-breeding facilities.

Unfortunately, some websites can't catch every single one, so they rely on users to help. You can always contact a vet for more help in this department if one of your potential new friends seems to look a little unhealthy (you can even talk to vets online now).

Finding Your Next Best Pal

Keep in mind that the ASPCA emphasizes that it's best to see the puppy in person and to support your local shelters whenever possible. So, hopefully, one of these top pet websites can help you locate, contact, and visit a dog that turns out to be the right fit for you and your family.


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