Want a Purebred Dog Or Cat? Try a Breed-Specific Rescue!

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.

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  • I am the Pombassador for Southern California Pomeranian Rescue (the other hat I wear in addition to being on the 1-800-PetMeds commercial), a breed specific rescue. Did you know that over 40% of the animals that end up in shelters are pure bred? Even Pomeranians find themselves in tight situations when a gate gets left open or an owner dies. Rescues like SCPR will save a dog when its time has run out and no one steps forward for it. Our average adoption fee is $300. Dogs exposed to shelter conditions come out sick, dirty, and depressed. They don’t look anything like the pretty little Poms prancing at Westminster. Some will have been injured before getting picked up or while in a fight with other dogs. Expenses mount quickly with shelter fees, vet checks, spay/neuter, worming, and dental. Rescues pay for a website, crates, exercise pens, supplies for conducting adoption events, provide support for the dogs in foster homes like help with food and medication. The adoption fees don’t cover all the expenses and we rely on donations and fundraisers to supplement the revenue required. And, after all of that, it just makes sense to us that adoption applications and home checks are all part of making sure that the dog you are adopting doesn’t ever have to go through another shelter experience again.

  • Abby PetMeds Pro says:

    Bella, you’re a great Pombassador! Thanks for sharing this important information.

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