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Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you. In fact, why not help build momentum and spread the word by adding your name to our pledge to make your next pet a rescue or shelter animal and “like” us on Facebook and Twitter.

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When you arrive at our shelter, we suggest you visit our Dog & Cat Adoption Rooms. Once you see a pet you might be interested in adopting, remember that pet's name and come to the main lobby in the Grace Pavilion. We can help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle.

You can make a difference by adopting a pet … and saving a life.

Or visit the Pet Adoption and Protection Center at:  3599 NW 79 AvenueDoral, Florida 33122 Dr. Pia Salk, author and spokeswoman for the non-profit pet adoption website , warns against taking home a pet on a whim or because you feel it's "love at first sight."

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"Do your research and carefully consider all aspects and implications of owning a pet before you make a decision," Salks advised. "When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life."

How does it work to adopt a pet?

All donations will be used for caring for and rehabilitating our rescued dogs and cats. Adopt-A-Pet is a non-profit, tax-deductible community service organization. Please provide a current email so that we may send you a thank you.Just bring your driver’s license or another valid form of ID, as well as a collar and leash or carrier (or purchase one on site), and your new best friend can go home with you today. There is also a $20 pet license for dogs that applies to adopters living in the city of Los Angeles.The Shelter Pet Project, launched in 2009, is a public service ad campaign focused on spreading the word that pets in shelters are wonderful and lovable, and encouraging potential adopters to consider the shelter as the first place to look when acquiring a “new best friend.”Adopting a pet from the Pet Adoption and Protection Center is a low cost, personally satisfying alternative to purchasing a pet from a pet store. Our dogs and cats make good pets and reward their rescuers with lifelong loyalty and affection. Find your furry friend, today!For dog licensing information, which would need to happen after you adopt, . For other information available through Washoe County Regional Animal Services, including field services and other pet-related questions, .Looking for a way to help but cannot bring a new pet into your home at this time? Consider sponsoring the care of a dog at our shelter! Starting as low as $10 a month, sponsorships allow Adopt-A-Dog to continue to provide a high level of care to our homeless pets awaiting their forever homes.