Ready to find your fur-ever? Petfinder makes it easy to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, or find other furry or scaly friends. Search dogs, cats, puppies and kittens for adoption from thousands of shelters and rescue groups. Filter based on location, breed, age, size and gender. And find the perfect pet for you.

Petfinder is home to hundreds of thousands of adoption and foster organizations across the country, including cat and dog rescue groups focused on specific breeds like Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Beagles, just to name a few.

New! Find a pet from photos. Our new visual search feature allows you to upload a photo of a pet and search for similar-looking dogs or cats across the country.

Includes resources that no other app has to help find the best pet for you. Learn more about hypoallergenic dogs, small dog breeds, hairless dogs, and the best dogs for kids. View the most common cat breeds and find articles about hairless cats, hypoallergenic cats, cutest cat breeds, and the best cat breeds for families.

- Browse one of the largest sources for adoptable cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, horses, fish and more
- Filter based on pet characteristics and lifestyle preferences to find the right pet for you
- View photos and videos of adoptable dogs and cats
- Share adoptable pet profiles with friends or poll your family on which pet to adopt
- See details on how you might match up with a pet
- Contact shelters quickly and easily to start the adoption process

What’s New

Version 2.28

The latest version of the Petfinder App includes a redesigned breed section, check it out!

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

Beasters712 ,

App crashes

But for the app crashing with no warning, this app is pretty well designed. I am hoping the crash problem will be remedied with the newest update.

A couple of suggestions:

I would like to see some indication of which pets must be adopted in pairs. It isn’t immediately obvious in some cases, and I would like to wasted less time finding the perfect pet only to dig through information and be disappointed that adopting just a single pet isn’t an option.

Another thing that would really help is to expand the profile options beyond just the three currently available. As stated above, having an option for “single” and “doubled/bonded pair)” etc. would weed out pets that aren’t relative to the search

Lastly, it would be nice to be able to choose what adopters are not looking for. For example, if I don’t want a black cat, find a way to not show those. I realize I can go in and check all the colors except black, but it seems inefficient.

I hope these are helpful. Overall, I think the site is great. I like how regularly new pets are updated, the map feature, breed and color selection.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are always looking for ways to improve and appreciate hearing from our users! We hope you will continue to use the app and tell us how we are doing.

jk62007 ,

Needs an option to refine search by location

We are searching for a puppy and I have used the website for awhile. There’s lots of information about animals, breeds and more and I appreciate that the site is tied to shelters and not breeders but I do have to log in every time and sometimes multiple times during the same search. Last week I decided to see if there was an app that would make our search easier. While the app provides all the same information as the website I was disappointed when my favorites from the website did not transfer to my favorites on the app despite using the same log in information. I was able to search for the pup by name and add them that way but it’s time consuming. I was also not able to refine my search by location and unlike the website the app doesn’t appear to sort by distance. The farthest search you can do is 100 miles and the next option is anywhere. We are willing to drive up to 300 miles but not necessarily across the country. When you search “anywhere” you have to open each profile to see where the animal is located and since there are so many dogs it’s too hard to find one that’s near us. For now I am searching on the website and keeping my favorites in the app. I do like the app and find it useful but I think it could be even better!

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for this feedback. We are currently working on several updates that will address many of the pain points you outlined. We hope you will continue to use the app to find the perfect pet and continue to let us know how we are doing!

Babycats1017 ,

Keeps Crashing

App keeps crashing! Every time I find a Kitten Rescue I like, with several beautiful cats & kittens, I will scroll through the various profiles to see which fuzzy face speaks to me. Once I see that face, I click on “view profile” (there’s a brief pause) & right then is when the whole app shuts down.

In order to get back to that specific profile, I must redo my last search, find a cat that I’ve previously favorited (from the same rescue,) go to their profile & then click on “see shelter details” in order to get the full list of pets & re-find the kitten I was looking for. This has happened several times in the last 24 hours, making the search for my new pet EXTREMELY frustrating.

I have to agree with another reviewer too, that there should be a general Pet Finder application for all users. If you’re interested in three different pets from 3 different rescues - you’ll have 3 different applications to download, fill out & email. Not to mention there is no link in PF. you must copy the url into your browser in order to get to each application. I’m sure that I’ve missed out on cats because I couldn’t get the application finished soon enough.

Please listen to everyone’s reviews & improve this app. It’s a life-saving service for animals & in many ways, for people too. It would be a shame for someone to give up on their commitment to adopt, because the app is just too frustrating to use.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for this detailed feedback. We are currently looking into the crash you are experiencing and we quickly resolve. Thank you for your suggestion to implement a universal application, we agree this could be very valuable. We currently work with thousand of organization that all have their own individual policies. Thank you for your patience and we continue to improve the experience. We are happy to have users as passionate as we are about getting pets in homes!

App Privacy

The developer, Nestlé, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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