You only want a purebred? You can STILL adopt!


I know, I know. Many of us have a soft spot in our hearts for all of the unloved and forgotten dogs (and cats, horses, etc.), BUT we really love specific breeds. Let’s face it, there are certain qualities, temperaments and “looks” we each like about specific breeds. The good news is that you can STILL get all of the qualities you want in the breed of your choice AND adopt a loving animal needing a new situation.

It isn’t uncommon for people to give away purebred animals due personal and financial situations.  Social media has been a great outlet to locate these animals often coming from very good situations.  People get “funny” about adoption because they don’t want to rehab or “fix” an animal that may have been beaten, or abused.  However, in situations like divorce, the pure-bred animals are often well-cared for and had no inhumane treatment, so all that is needed is for them to find another great home.

If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for on social media searching, did you know that essentially all breeds of dogs, horses, cats, and virtually ALL species have adoption sites on the wonderful internet?  In this blog, I’ll give you a few different “species examples” and shed some light on other amazing sites where you can research, locate and adopt your own pure-bred.


This is an outstanding place to start looking for the specific species and breed you want to adopt. Brought to you by Nestle/Purina, Bayer, Petco and the Petco Foundation, this site enables you to search by breed, location, sex, size, color and age.  This is a truly wonderful, non-profit adoption website that I can’t say enough about for helping to get animals adopted.


Like the beautiful Siamese cat? This is a national Siamese cat rescue and it has over twenty years’ experience getting this beautiful breed adopted.  According to the website, almost 12,000 Siamese cats have been rescued over the years.  This link also contains other links to several other Siamese Cat rescue groups. There is some very good information on the Siamese breed, as well as cat education and great tips for supporting rescues. PERSIAN AND HIMALAYAN CAT RESCUE

This site is out of California and, while they will not ship cats because they promote local adoption, this is a wonderful site for information about adopting these specific breeds.  There are many links to other adoption sites on this website.


One of my favorite breeds, the Rottweiler, has this rescue group which serves fourteen states in the southern regions.  This site has tremendous information about adoption, surrender, senior adoption, fostering, etc.  It also provides information on adoption of Rottweilers outside of these states, so you can find much information if you are looking to adopt this breed here. GSP RESCUE NEW ENGLAND

What if you live farther north?  Like the German Shorthaired Pointer as much as I do?  Find your forever friend here!  Another wonderful site to locate exactly the right dog in all of the New England states for you and your family, or just to help foster, volunteer, etc.  As the other sites do, information is given on a variety of subjects regarding adoption, surrender and the breed, in general.


How about adopting my favorite horse breed, the Thoroughbred?  This site is just one of MANY adoption and rehoming sites featuring the wonderful and useful Thoroughbred.  Honestly, I could spend (and probably will at some point) an entire blog just on Thoroughbred adoptions, but this site is a great place start.  You can also be sure to find TB adoption sites in almost every state, so local adoption is generally no trouble at all! RE-RIDE QUARTER HORSE ADOPTION

This is a site specific to the Quarter Horse breed. Located in Ohio, this site also has a Facebook page: According to the site, Quarter Horse Adoption Program provides homes for unwanted or displace registered Quarter Horses. The horses in our program have become displaced for a variety of reasons, some are abused, neglected or unwanted while others are former show horses with owners taking the responsibility to place the horses that have been their show partners in a program where they can once again guide another to their first championship.  Our program focuses on giving back to the horses that we love as well as the community and features such programs as the Riding Thru It Program for patients undergoing treatment for cancer. GENTLE GIANTS DRAFT HORSE RESCUE

Who doesn’t love a great big draft horse? Or how about a smaller, mixed draft breed? One of my favorite cross-bred types is a TB/draft cross. They make the BEST fox hunting horses and are as comfortable as a couch to ride!  This site has many cross and full-bred drafts available for light riding. Also on Facebook, they are a great place to go looking for your “gentle giant” best friend.

Certainly not an exhaustive list by any means, this blog is merely the tip of a LARGE iceberg of sites dedicated to giving many wonderful and loving animals the needed respect and love that they deserve.  So, if you are thinking about getting ANY purebred animal for your home, PLEASE consider adopting that purebred. You can find puppies, young adults and seniors that will fit perfectly into your lifestyle AND be exactly the breed you want, too!  Take a look and let me know of any other great information out there to try and help our furry and feathery friends!


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