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8 Pet and Animal Rescues In Columbus For When You’re Looking For A New Furry Friend

If you’re looking for a new pet and companion, you should definitely adopt from one of these awesome shelters and rescues.

With autumn creeping up on us (all be it way too slowly), it’s only a matter of time before those temperatures drop and we all start craving something warm and cuddly to snuggle up with. A furry friend to get us through the cold months and give us some much-needed companionship in the years to come.

Central Ohio has no shortage of moewmers and doggos, just looking for a nice home and a steady meal. These love bugs can be an infinite source of affection if anyone were to give them some tender love and care. If you’re in the market for your new best friend and sidekick, here are some awesome places where you can browse and adopt, but be careful, you’re almost gauranteed to fall head over heels with one these little ones.

Franklin County Dog Shelter

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Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center is dedicated to educating the public on responsible pet ownership as well as enforcing dog laws. They have a ton of dogs for you to adopt and you can even search their website for pets based on personality, age, and breed.
Where: 4340 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, OH 43229

Columbus Humane

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Formerly the Capital Area Humane Society, this organization has been helping pets and owners find each other since 1883. They specialize in all sorts of animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, and even a guinea pig or two. They’re dedicated to fighting animal cruelty, with a lot of their pets coming to them through their Cruelty Investigations Program.
Where: 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court Hilliard, OH 43026

Black & Orange Cat Foundation

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Located just a little bit away in Plain City, Black & Orange is definitely worth mentioning for a few reasons. Not only is the shelter dedicated to finding homes for needy kitties, but they’re also a trap, neuter, and release organization. They give barn and feral cats in the area much-needed immunization shots and neuter them to curb their already vast populations. Though they mainly focus on house cat adoptions, they’re willing to work with anyone willing to take in a barn or outside feral cat companion.
Where:  Black and Orange Cat Foundation PO Box 126 Plain City OH 43064

Pets Without Parents


This no-kill shelter has been serving the Central Ohio community since 2001. They strive to find homes for all of their adoptable friends, giving them high-quality medical care and affection until they’re paired with a human friend. Their website shows all of the potential pets waiting for you to snuggle with, including this adorable little guy named Whiskey.
Where: 629 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus, OH 43214

House Rabbit Rescue

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Looking for something a bit different than a cat or dog but just as cute? House Rabbit Rescue has a ton of bunnies for you to adopt. From floppy ears to cute little nose wrinklers, they have a variety of looks and breeds that you won’t be able to resist snuggling.
Where: 5485 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214


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Come down to your local PetCo and you’ll get to meet some pretty neat kitties just lounging around looking for a friend. The cats come from local area rescues who could use help finding a home for the little guys. Come in and talk to a store representative, you might just meet your new bestie and pick out some fun toys for them in the same convenient place.
Where: Check their website for their nearest location.

Eat Purr Love

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First off, how awesome is that name? This cafe doesn’t just serve coffee and pastries, but they also offer an adorable escape into a world of cats and fun. Come meet all the wonderful felines while you relax with a beverage. And if you make a connection with one of the little guys you’re more than welcome to make an adoption. It’s pretty much a win-win.
Where:  3041 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

Coffee Cat Corner

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Not to be outdone, Coffee Cat Corner is yet another cat cafe to open recently this year, a trend we hope will only continue to increase in popularity. Coffee Cat Corner works through Pet Promise, helping kitties find homes while also providing an awesome cat and coffee experience for casual kitty lovers. Check them out at their Gahanna location and fall in love with a little meow box to call your own.
Where:  959 E Johnstown Rd Gahanna, Ohio