Help us spread the word about the life-changing 
experience of adoption.

Over 6.5 million animals enter U.S. shelters every year.
Only about half get adopted.

As providers of food and affection for pets, PEDIGREE® is committed to helping every animal find a loving family. That’s why we’ve already donated $850,000 to shelters in 2019. You can help more dogs find their forever homes by donating to the PEDIGREE® Foundation, or adopting a new best friend.


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Katherine Schwarzenegger and dog

Katherine Schwarzenegger knows how different her life would’ve been if she hadn’t rescued her dog Maverick. Listen as she interviews her friends and reveals the heart-warming stories of the dogs that stole their hearts, brought out the best in them and changed their worlds forever.

Katherine is a New York Times best-selling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist and pet adoption advocate.

Mandy Moore

Actress and singer Mandy Moore joins Katherine to talk about the challenges of owning a puppy, the adorable personalities of all of her animals, and how her pets have gotten her through tough moments in her life.

Bryce Dallas Howard

In this episode, actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard joins Katherine to discuss her love for animals – starting from childhood, the lessons her dogs have taught her and the heroic effort from one of her dogs that saved her little brother.

Dan Lasko

United States Marine Corps veteran featured in a previous PEDIGREE® brand commercial, Dan Lasko, talks with Katherine about how a service dog helped him re-adjust when coming home and how he’s paying it back with a house full of adopted pups.

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Katherine Schwarzenegger

Haylie Duff

Actress, singer and television host Haylie Duff talks with Katherine about her love for rescuing dogs, funny moments when introducing her pups to her baby and how her daughter is learning about pet adoption.

Minka Kelly

Actress Minka Kelly discusses with Katherine the passing of her beloved dog, finding a new pup to join her life and the compassion that dogs provide every day.

Julianne Hough

Dancer, actress and singer, Julianne Hough joins Katherine to talk about her house full of dogs and how adopting dogs at different stages in her life has impacted her relationships with them.

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Deb Fair

Executive Director of PEDIGREE® Foundation, Deb Fair talks with Katherine about raising her three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, dressing them up for holidays and tips for bringing a new dog home.

LeAnn Rimes

Singer, actress and author, LeAnn Rimes talks to Katherine about her love for adopting dogs (once owning seven dogs at one time!), the relationships of her pets and the recent adoption of her family’s new dog, Fleetwood.

Judy Fridono

Judy Fridono, Owner of Ricochet – the surfing therapy dog and star of the new IMAX® film, Superpower Dogs – talks with Katherine about therapy and service dogs, Ricochet’s remarkable journey and the amazing abilities of all dogs.

The Program

When in-person adoption visits started to decline due to COVID-19, the PEDIGREE® brand partnered with shelters around the country to find a solution. We called it Dogs on Zoom. By setting up video chat meetings between shelters and potential pet parents, we helped make more adoptions possible.

Download our Dogs on Zoom Toolkit to learn how to create a video adoption session of your own.

Your Ultimate Guide to Dog Adoption

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Thinking about adopting a dog? Learn how to prepare for your new furry friend with an adoption guide from PEDIGREE®.

So you’re thinking about adopting a dog — that’s wonderful! You’re about to embark on a journey of rescuing, caring for and providing a loving home to a pup in need. In return, you’ll get unconditional love, unlimited snuggles and all the kisses and tail wags you could ask for!

Use our complete dog adoption guide to prepare for your journey. The links below will help you navigate.

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How Should You Prepare for Adopting a Dog?

Before you head to the shelter, it’s a good idea to prep your home for your furry friend’s arrival. In addition, you should purchase items they’ll need to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Steps to Prepare for Adopting a Dog

  1. Decide how to divide the petcare responsibilities in your household. Who will take your new dog outside for potty breaks, and how often? Who will feed the dog or take them on walks?

  2. Discuss and establish some house rules. Where will your new dog sleep? Are they allowed on the couch or the bed? If you have young children in your household, make sure their play sessions with the dog are always supervised.

  3. Dog-proof your home. Go from room to room and look for possible safety hazards or breakable items within reach. Pick up small items your new dog may swallow or choke on. (It helps to get down on all fours and look at each room at “dog level.”) Cover wires and cables, or move them out of sight.

  4. Move potentially toxic items, like potted plants and cleaning products, out of reach.

Items to Buy When Adopting a Dog

Check with the shelter before you purchase dog supplies, as some of these items may be provided when you adopt:

  • Crate or kennel
  • Dog-specific bedding
  • Food and water bowls
  • Quality dog food and dog treats
  • Collar and leash
  • Grooming supplies like brushes, shampoos and nail clippers
  • Housetraining and yard waste supplies like puppy pads and dog waste removal bags
  • Enzymatic cleaners for house-training accidents
  • Dog toys

Other Considerations

  • Start researching vets in your area. Ask your shelter if they have a recommendation.
  • Consider basic obedience training. Teaching your new dog simple commands like “stay,” “come” or “leave it” can help keep your pup safe.



What Dog Should You Adopt?

When you start your dog adoption search, you’ll be greeted with a wealth of choices and options. What breed should you choose? What size dog is right for your home and lifestyle? Do you want an energetic, on-the-go dog or a couch potato companion? Are you up to daily coat maintenance, or are once-a-month baths and nail trims more your style?

Make sure to do some research ahead of visiting a shelter; our Dog Breed Selector is a great place to start.



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What Can You Expect at the Shelter?

Try not to go to the shelter expecting to find “your dog” the first time, because you may not — although it is difficult to leave without a new family member once you’re there! It’s important to find the right dog for you — one that fits your lifestyle, family dynamic and home. Be prepared to visit as many times as it takes. In the long run, it’ll be worth the wait.

Bring a notepad and pen so you can write down pertinent information and important questions you want to ask. And make sure to have your phone handy to take pictures; some shelters may not let you take pics of their dogs, but most will. Consider leaving the shelter with your notes and pictures and giving the decision more thought before coming back to adopt a dog.

It’s very easy to fall in love at first sight, but you should spend time with a dog before adopting them. Look for a dog who’s happy and friendly, and avoid aggressive dogs. Many shelter dogs are energetic because they’ve been confined, so don’t rule out a dog just because they seem hyper.

The Adoption Questionnaire

If you find a dog you think is meant for you, you’ll start the application to adopt process. This involves some paperwork, including the most important document, the Adoption Questionnaire, which typically contains questions such as:

  • What are your reasons for adopting?
  • How many members live in your household?
  • How much time do you spend away from your home daily?
  • Where will your dog be kept at night?
  • Do you rent or own an apartment or house?
  • Do you have any other pets? Are they spayed or neutered? Are they up to date on vaccinations?
  • Have you ever dropped off a pet at a shelter? If so, what were the circumstances?
  • Have you ever had pets? If so, what happened to them?
  • Do you plan to spay or neuter your dog? (Many shelters do this automatically; some don’t.)
  • Will you take them to obedience lessons?

Keep in mind that the purpose of these questions is to place a dog in the best home for them, weed out people who will potentially abuse their dogs (use them for dog fights, etc.), and keep the chances of having the dog returned to the shelter as slim as possible.

After the paperwork is complete, a shelter worker will sit down with you and ask a series of questions based on the information you’ve provided.

Questions You Should Ask the Shelter

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of finding a potential new best friend, but make sure you take the opportunity to ask some questions of your own. To make sure you cover your bases, download our list of questions you should ask the shelter when adopting a dog.

Next Steps

Ultimately, if you’re approved, you'll pay a fee or donation, and may be asked to sign an adoption agreement, which is like a contract.

And then — unless they need to be spayed or neutered first — you can take your new dog home immediately!

Adopting a dog is a serious, years-long commitment, which is why the adoption process is so involved. If you have second thoughts at any point, listen to your instincts. However, if you’re sure the dog you’re considering is the perfect match for you, get ready to enjoy years of long walks and snuggle sessions with your rescue pet at your side.

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