For any dog owner, their beloved pup will always win the “Best in Show” award.
Still, many people are looking to add a four-legged friend or, perhaps, another dog to brighten up their home.
Luckily, in South Florida, many organizations — ranging from nonprofits to county-run operations — are working to connect would-be pet owners with their new furry best friend. Considering the groups listed below, note that most offer rotating or varying adoption events, rescue services, and/or wellness offerings. It’s best to research an organization’s website for current puppy lists and community events.
Here’s where to find Fido in South Florida – and remember: adopt, don’t shop.
100+ Abandoned Dogs From The Florida Everglades
345 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The rescue organization focuses on Florida City, Homestead, Redland, and Southeast Florida, with nonprofit services focused on the improvement, promotion, and adoption of stray dogs.
Abandoned Animal Rescue Inc.
1137 NE Ninth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
The non-profit rescue specializes in rescuing, sheltering, and ultimately finding new homes for abandoned and/or abused animals in South Florida.
Adopt a stray dog
11950 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
The non-profit organization focuses on stray overpopulation with adoptions, animal rescues and caring for feral cats.
South Florida Animal Rescue
A non-profit organization with regular volunteers who specialize in fostering, adoption and welfare services, including spaying and neutering, vaccinations and microchipping.
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center
2400 SW 42nd St., Fort Lauderdale
A county-run program with adoptions, lost and found services, foster families, abandonment services, shelters, branding/vaccination services, and more.
South Florida Dachshund Rescue
A non-profit organization that specializes in rescuing, promoting, and adopting dachshunds in South Florida.
Dog Rules Rescue Group
A volunteer-run non-profit organization primarily focused on rescuing dogs at risk of euthanasia, with adoption and fostering options.
Florida Humane Society
3870 N. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach
A nonprofit adoption facility focused on owner rescues and surrenders, with programming focused on education, neutering, and disaster preparedness.
Good Karma Pet Rescue
3100 NW 19th Ter., Pompano Beach
Based in Fort Lauderdale with an adoption center in Pompano Beach, this nonprofit organization offers fostering, adoption, and volunteer opportunities.
Broward County Humane Society
2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale
A non-profit organization with a 33,000 square foot Fort Lauderdale shelter offering animal adoptions, animal handover coordination, and pet health services.
Milos dog rescue
Non-profit rescue of all breeds with various adoption and community placement opportunities.
Paws 2 Care Coalition Inc.
6219 Johnson Street, Hollywood
Focused on rescues, medical care and adoption, this non-profit organization has an adoption center and regular community events.
South Florida distressed animals
Run by volunteers since 1994, the Davie-based nonprofit rescues abused/abandoned pets in South Florida and works to find them new homes.
Save Sage Animal Rescue Foundation
2875 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
A non-profit organization with foster and adoption programs as well as animal-centered educational initiatives for local youth, police departments, and more.
United Dog Rescue
331 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park
Rescuing approximately 90% of its dogs from public shelters, this non-profit organization offers volunteer and adoption programs.
United for animal rescue
366 S. State Road 7, Margate
A no-kill, non-profit shelter offering rescues, an adoption center and pet health remedies.
Miami Dade County
Big hearts for big dogs
12051 SW 131st Avenue, Miami
A private non-profit organization specializing in the adoption of large dogs in South Florida.
Born Free Animal Shelter
A no-kill non-profit shelter and rescue with adoption and advocacy events throughout South Florida.
Compassionate pug rescue
A Miami-based nonprofit with pug-centric events throughout the region. In addition to pugs for adoption, Compassionate Pug Rescue offers surrender-related services.
Humane Society of Greater Miami
16101 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach
A non-profit animal shelter, preventative clinic and pet therapy service provider.
A national organization focused on educating pet owners in disaster preparedness, fostering and adoptions.
Miami Animal Rescue
13313 SW 124th St., Miami
A local non-profit organization that rescues animals at risk of euthanasia with foster and adoption services.
Miami-Dade Animal Services
3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral
A county-run facility with adoption services, clinical offerings, lost and found abilities, licensing, and vaccinations.
Pawsitive Beings Rescue Inc.
A Miami-based, volunteer-run nonprofit with an intimate selection of dogs for adoption.
paws 4 save you
8717 SW 134th St., Miami
A non-profit organization with an adoption home and various events throughout South Florida, as well as boarding, foster, and medical care services.
Rescue Paws 4 furry hearts
Founded in 2015, it has focused on rescues, adoptions and helping recovering senior dogs.