Here Are the Top 15 Places in the U.S. to Adopt a Pet, According to Yelp

published Oct 8, 2021
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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which makes this month the perfect opportunity to add a new furry friend to your home if you’ve been thinking about becoming a pet parent or adding to your brood.

After the pandemic-induced pet adoption frenzy that saw people across the country clearing shelters and adding to their four-legged families, Yelp data found consumer interest in animal shelters dropped 41 percent from March 2020 to March 2021, which means plenty of pets are still out there looking for their forever homes.

As a way to help highlight some of the many rescues in the U.S. doing incredible work every day to protect and nurture adoptable animals, the digital business review platform shared with Apartment Therapy their list of the top 15 places to adopt a dog — although, of course, if you’re more of a cat lover, you’re sure to find the feline of your dreams at these rescues, too.

Yelp narrowed down the list by identifying businesses that are active as of late September 2021 in the animal shelters category, then ranking those spots using a number of factors including the total number of reviews and subsequently high ratings from reviewers. They prioritized geographic diversity by only including one or two businesses per state, but the list makes for a great jumping off point to find a shelter in your area doing great work every day for animals who need a permanent home.

The Top 15 Places in the U.S. to Adopt a Dog, according to Yelp

  1. Ken-Mar Rescue – Los Angeles, CA
  2. One Tail at a Time – Chicago, IL
  3. Felines & Canines  – Chicago, IL
  4. Muttville Senior Dog Rescue – San Francisco, CA
  5. Best Friends Animal Society – Kanab, UT
  6. Muddy Paws Rescue – New York, NY
  7. ASPCA Adoption Center – New York, NY
  8. Villalobos Rescue Center – New Orleans, LA
  9. Maryland SPCA – Baltimore, MD
  10. Animal Welfare League Of Alexandria – Alexandria, VA
  11. Charleston Animal Society – North Charleston, SC
  12. PAWS Downtown Adoption Center – Philadelphia, PA
  13. Next Chance Rescue – Jersey City, NJ
  14. PAWS Atlanta – Decatur, GA
  15. Home Fur Good – Phoenix, AZ

As a bonus, the pros at Yelp also sent along their list of the top 15 pet hotels in the country, so you can find the perfect place to pamper your new pet as you head out on your travels or simply want to show them some extra love.

The Top 15 Pet Hotels in the U.S. according to Yelp

  1. Pet Service Solutions & Pet Hotel – Pomona, CA
  2. High Tail Hotel – San Francisco, CA
  3. Luxe Pet Hotels – Las Vegas, NV
  4. Dog. Hotel & Daycare – Chicago, IL
  5. VIP’S Pet Hotels – Chicago, IL
  6. Philadelphia Pet Hotel & Villas – Philadelphia, PA
  7. Posh Pet Hotel – West Palm Beach, FL
  8. The Pets Inn Hotel Boutique for Dogs & Cats – San Antonio, TX
  9. D Pet Hotels Austin – Austin, TX
  10. The Urban Hound – Boston, MA
  11. Z Pet Hotels – Las Vegas, NV
  12. Hotel Bark Ave – New York, NY
  13. Oh My Dog Boutique Hotel – Scottsdale, AZ
  14. New York Dog Spa & Hotel – New York, NY
  15. The Noble Dog Hotel – Greenville, SC

Whether you’re looking to adopt this month or want to support these rescues or ones closer to home by way of fostering, donating time or funds, or showing love on social media, Yelp has got you covered.