If you are looking for a particular breed of cat or dog go to Petfinder.com, put in your zip code and how far you are willing to travel. There are kill shelters in your area - trust me...they're everywhere. It's kitten season right now and most are bursting at the seams. Adopting from a non-kill shelter pet saves lives too. It frees up space for other cats and dogs that would otherwise be turned away :(
There are SO many adult animals that are wonderful and need a home. You can find lots of beautiful full breed adults in this economy with people losing their homes and jobs and YES kittens and puppies get adopted 100 times faster!
Many people wonder if they can see how their current pet(s) will get along with the one they want to adopt. You can usually bring them together first to see how they get along. Our local shelter let's people bring their current pets in to see how they socialize with the pet they want to adopt before making a final decision.
If you have questions about how to use Petfinder, please let me know. Also PLEASE know that it is a myth that all shelter pets are sick! Most of them have had their vaccines and have been spayed or neutered which saves a lot of $$$. If you adopt them when they are too young for these things, the shelter generally provides you with a voucher to have those things done. Petfinder also lists animals other than cats and dogs as well :)
The above cat is Kris. She is a Scottish Fold Maine Coon cat currently up for adoption at my local shelter. She has a great disposition and gets along really well with other animals and people. This type of cat is rare and usually quite expensive. Unfortunately, my photo doesn't do her justice.
Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!