When looking for a new dog or cat, lots of people are great supporters of rescuing a pet from a shelter or rescue organization. However, what if you have your heart set on a specific breed? The great news is that you can still find the pet of your dreams and also help rescue a dog or cat in need. There are many purebred rescue organizations across the country, and there are breed-specific rescues representing almost every breed of dog or cat. In addition to rescuing a purebred dog or cat in need of a loving home, you can enjoy owning a pet of a specific breed for far less than it would cost to purchase from a breeder.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has a comprehensive list of Breed Rescue Groups, and many have multiple contacts by state. If you are looking to adopt a cat, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue also maintains a listing of breed-specific cat rescue groups.
Surprisingly, according to a study by the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (NCPPSP), approximately 25% of the dogs entering a shelter are actually purebred, so you should check with your local shelter first. You can also search for a dog or cat looking for a forever home through Petfinder. This website has a pet-search tool with a field where you can specify the breed you are looking for.