Virtual Animal Shelter

Adopt a homeless pet on the Internet using‘s easy search tool. is the internet’s largest virtual animal shelter, representing 32,000 animals in more than 1,800 shelters and rescue groups around the country. The site helps facilitate over half a million adoptions a year.

The easy search tool on can show you within seconds all the pets meeting your specifications in your local area or around the country. All you need to do is specify the kind of animal you are looking for (cat, dog, horse, etc.), the breed (you can put in mix), the age, size, gender, your zip code and the range within which you are willing to look (national or regional).

It is worth taking a trial run on The search should bring up at least half a dozen matches in your area, enough to give you a great starting point. The only danger is falling in love with all the pets you see in the pictures, and having a pit in your stomach that you can’t adopt them all.


Pamela W.
Pamela W4 years ago

Fellow Care2 members - if you're an animal lover, read this article too .....

Teresa W started a petition on April 25 2013, to ask Care2 to make this a Butterfly Credits item. The link is below, please check it out, SIGN and tell your friends !!!!!!!

This is a great idea - a cause where we could actually SEE our credits working - ask Care2 to give us the POSSIBILITY to support this cause with our Butterfly Credits !!!!

Come on all you members who have been stockpiling your credits - SIGN Teresa's petition and get this project moving - then you'll have something really special to support !!!

The petition reached the first 1,000 signatures in this first week but we need MANY MANY more signatures if this is going to be taken seriously ....... so please spread the word !!!!!

Apologies for posting "off subject" but I really feel this merits it - Thank you !!!

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Please support such an easy way to help

Carole D.
Carole D4 years ago

Please start working on positive programs everywhere, so animals can live and be healthy. All types of animals. It's the only way to save them. People are always destroying things. This should be for plants and food as well.

Carole D.
Carole D4 years ago

There should be animal Sanctuaries in every state. Every animal species must be saved in order for species not to go extinct. Animal shelters are fine, if they are no-kill. Use Spay and neuter programs and stop over breeding animals. They could come out sickly. Feed animals only the best foods.

Karen R.
Karen R4 years ago

nice site, thanks for sharing

Dawn Eastham
Dawn Eastham5 years ago

I filled out an application on Petfinder and never heard back from them. I went to the Humane Society where the kitten was housed (it was better to adopt a kitten, as we have 2 older cats), filled out the paperwork, and he's been our loving little guy ever since. All of our kitties mean the world to me. When it came time to adopt another cat, we viewed cats on this website, then went directly to the shelter to adopt. We discussed everything with the adoption representative, and everything was a go with our new young man. It took a little while for everyone to find their places in the hierarchy again, but he's a perfect fit, both with the other kitties and with us. Recommendation: search for local animals on Petfinder, then adopt directly from the shelters =).

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank you for posting!

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

I found my Fee Marie ginger tabby little girl on Petfinders. She was at a local shelter and we have been together for 5 years now. I can't imagine my life without her. She really needed a healthy, loving and forever home and she found it with me. I'm not too sure if my other cat Jessica Faith would have agreed in the beginning but I think she would today. Support your local rescue organizations and shelters. they need your help.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Suzanne L.
Suzanne L5 years ago

Petfinder is the way to go. Never use other online sites for animals. Never use Craigslist as some of the animals on there have been stolen.