10 Puppy Finding Services To Find Your Next Best Friend

Aaron Couch 16-05-2013

puppy findSo you’re on a mission to get a new best friend – a puppy. What an exciting time! I’m personally a dog person and feel they’re the best kind of pet you could have – pets set a standard that virtual pets can’t come close to meeting, and then you can take amazing photos with your pets. In fact, Max, my Labradoodle, is laying by my feet as I write this.


But where do you go to find your next best friend? There are a lot of places locally, but some are difficult to discover. Also, if you do not have an idea of what kind you want, it may be difficult to find that perfect dog. That’s where websites come in handy. They help you sift through the Internet looking for the perfect puppy and where you can get it. In this article we will cover ten different puppy find websites, and I’ll also offer some advice that you should follow when looking for a new puppy. (International)

puppy find is one of the more popular places to go to find a dog and is one of the first to show up in the search results. The interface and ease of navigation around the site is decent, although not great – in other words, it could use an upgrade. Upon visiting the website, you have the option to search by clicking the Find a Puppy tab, or using the PuppySearch panel on the left side. The Find a Puppy page alphabetizes the breeds and provides rankings on size, grooming, exercise requirements, watchdog ability, and how good they are with other dogs.

CAUTION: There have been some complaints and mention that has a lot of dogs from what are called puppy mills. I’ll touch upon this more in the Advice and Precautions section of this article.

You might be wondering how Puppy Find works. Like many of the websites in this article, Puppy Find simply helps you narrow down by breed and location, and provides the contact information for the breeder of the dog you’re looking for. It plays no role in any purchase. Despite the chance of a few bad breeders on the website (there will always be some of those), it’s a reputable website. They even offer tips for puppy buyers and provide a contact link if you come across a scam.

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find a puppy is an excellent website, backed by well-known companies like Purina and Bayer. We’ve actually mentioned it before on Joel’s article about some of the best animal rescue sites you can use to find your next pet (which has a couple of other great recommendations not included in this article).

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Adopt-a-Pet is actually not just for dogs either – you can search for cats and other animals like birds, herps, and even horses.  The interface is clean and easy to use. In addition to searching for puppies, you can also look for a local shelter if you prefer to see all that is on offer instead of looking for a specific breed.


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American Kennel Club (AKC) (United States)

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The AKC is an organization that’ has been around since the late 1800’s, so you know it’s reputable. Also, they play a major role in registered breeds. The adoption 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 might be an option for you to consider.

Keep in mind that the results won’t likely be as plentiful as other sites – and for good reason. Only breeders who are AKC-licensed, or member clubs who have AKC-registered puppies available will be shown. These aren’t going to be average breeders, and especially not people who’s dog had an unplanned litter of pups. In addition, you’re going to be paying a lot more for a dog who’s registered by the AKC. With them, you’re looking for a dog who can compete in shows and trials.


NextDayPets (International)

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Looking at the interface alone makes me have a bias for NextDayPets above other websites – perhaps that’s the tech guy in me. That said, interface and ease of use is crucial, and NextDayPets certainly provides a nice way to navigate through their website. Upon clicking the big, blue Find a puppy button, you can search by breed.

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You are then able to refine your results by gender, location, price range and other factors using the panel to the left of the results. Each result displays breed, age, nearest region, price and icons for the following breeder verifications: identity, PayPal, Facebook and phone number (shown below).


NextDayPets - Search Results Pet Profile

Also, kudos to NextDayPets for having the cutest logo.

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Petfinder (United States & Canada)


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 website directly within Petfinder. On the main page you have the ability to easily search for the type of puppy (or any animal for that matter) that you want. You must enter your postal code. There are other options such as age, breed and gender.

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Once you get the results, you can then refine them even further by distance, size, or other variables such as housetrained, special needs, and whether they’re good around cats, dogs and young children. You can search by pet name. And if you want to search for pet-adoption groups by name or location, you have that option as well.

eBay Classifieds – Dogs & Puppies (United States)

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eBay Classifieds certainly aren’t only for finding pets, but if you live in a major city in the U.S., they can be a helpful way to find your soon-to-be best friend. You might notice the option to search by breed, like you see in the photo above. However, if you scroll down to the bottom you can browse by city as well.

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Still not satisfied? Perhaps your city isn’t listed? Have no fear. By going back to the home page, type the appropriate keywords in the search boxes to find them this way.

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It’s unfortunate that this search function is not on every page, but that’s the way it is at this point.

ASPCA (United States)

10 Puppy Finding Services To Find Your Next Best Friend ASPCA

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, otherwise known as the ASPCA, is another very reputable source for finding nearby animal shelters. The functions are straightforward – search and then sift through the results. You can click on the results to get more information about the dog and see the contact information.

10 Puppy Finding Services To Find Your Next Best Friend ASPCA results

RescueMe.Org (International)

Rescue Me! is an animal rehabilitation center that offers adoption services through their website. Their website isn’t the nicest in comparison to others, but it’s fairly easy to navigate through.


What’s really awesome is they have a whole page of links for not only all of the States, but an impressive amount of countries in the world too. I’m not guaranteeing that you will find as much in other countries as you might within the different States, but it’s worth a try and I did have some success upon looking through some of the country links.

Hearts United for Animals (United States & Canada) [No Longer Available]


Hearts United for Animals (HUA) is a national shelter for animals of all kinds and they provide a way for you to adopt dogs and cats through their website. You can enter specifics such as breed, age, size and gender, or just search all dogs. The HUA does a great job at providing a unique story behind each animal, as well as lots of photos to touch your heart. If you want the adoption info and application, just click the brown button under the pet’s photo.


The Shelter Pet Project (United States)

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 yellow Search button. The results are magnificent and are easy to scan through. If you want to narrow down your search, you can click the Advanced Search button and choose breed, gender, size and age.

The Shelter Pet Project - search results

In addition, you can also search for nearby shelters.

Bonus: Maddie’s Fund (United States) [No Longer Available]

Maddie's Fund

Maddie’s Fund was actually an organization that I hadn’t heard of prior to researching and writing this article. It has become known for Maddie’s Pet Adoptions Days, an annual, nationwide event that offers the opportunity to potential pet owners to adopt for free. This only goes on once a year, in the United States, in a limited amount of cities and only for a couple of days (this year it is June 1st & 2nd).

Maddie's Fund - adoption days

What’s really neat is the man behind it all, David Duffield, is actually a very wealthy business man who specializes in cloud-based management software and has donated thousands upon thousands to help rescue these dogs. You can learn more about Maddie’s Fund in the video below.

Advice And Precautions

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Puppy Mills

One of the biggest things you should be aware of is puppy mills, I’ve already mentioned it briefly and if this Wikipedia link doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will. They are bad. They put profit and capital over the well-being of the animals. Unfortunately, some websites, like, can’t catch every single one, so they rely on users to help. Many of the websites I mentioned in here provide more information about them, including the ASPCA.

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The ASPCA heavily discourages against this. It’s best to see the puppy in person. And to support your local shelters whenever possible.

That’s everything to do with puppy-finding websites. Once you’re united with your new best friend, these free online dog training courses The 5 Best Free Online Dog Training Courses to Teach Your Pup New Tricks You don't need to turn to a professional to train your dog. Teach your dog new tricks with these free online training courses. Read More will also come in handy.

Image Credits: A Little Dog Licking A Boy’s Nose and A Basset Hound With His Ears Flying Away via Shutterstock; NextDayPets Logo via NextDayPets Facebook Page

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  1. Renee
    January 15, 2019 at 1:19 am

    This is srupid it didnt help

  2. LOUIS
    September 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    most of these websites is where you will be able to buy agressive, unhealth and mentally ill dogs from puppy farms, DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST!!!!!!!

  3. Jacky Kuman
    October 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Hey, great I used one of your services for buying my first puppy. I started regarding dog as my best friend after reading Owning a dog can be really stimulating to your life!

  4. Charity
    May 17, 2013 at 12:52 am

    This is a very poorly researched article. In the first place, eBay does not allow the sale or auction of live animals. Furthermore, is the best site to find pets and there is nothing wrong with adopting pets without seeing them in person first. Sometimes that is not possible. With rescues and their foster homes, your application will be screened to get a good idea of the fit. I've fostered and adopted pets like this for years. There have been times I've applied for a certain pet and found they had another that was a better fit and I've NEVER been disappointed. I've traveled cross-country for the right pet. Adopt from rescues for the best fit. They know their foster animals better than anyone and know the best family for that particular pet. Trust their judgment.

    • Tina Sieber
      May 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

      Aaron recommended eBay Classifieds, not eBay. There even is an official section for pets. Aaron also recommended So what exactly do you find poorly researched?

      I think Aaron did a fantastic job listing all the alternatives and describing their pros and cons.

      Thank you for sharing your experience about adopting pets from rescues!

      • Darlene
        October 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm

        Ebay classifieds is now called "Close 5" and no longer allows the sale of live animals.

        • Tina Sieber
          October 23, 2016 at 10:40 am

          Thank you for the update Darlene. Hadn't heard of the name change.

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 16, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Facebook page from where you can adopt puppies too :

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  6. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 16, 2013 at 3:00 am


    I am a bit surprised that you have missed the effort of Eldad Hagar ( [Broken URL Removed] ) and her initiative Hope for Paws . Check their Youtube channel for all the Dog Rescue mission. All the dogs are up for adoption. Sitting in India, I know about it, and being a USA initiative, got missed here. Surprising!!!

  7. Zhong J
    May 16, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I'm sure you can create your own digital dog in your computer, hello programming.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 16, 2013 at 3:01 am

      And what about the emotion and loyalty part? You gonna get that faked too. Sometimes nice to get real. :)

      • Zhong J
        May 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

        I'm sure you can setup some script that display emotions, using some classic emoticon and of course, programmers always do their best to perfect their coding, so loyalty is not even a question.