This is a question we get asked a lot, and there are several reasons why we haven't added the ability to 'search by breed' to our website.
One of the greatest reasons to adopt a rescue pet is having an individual pet matched to your lifestyle, family and circumstances. The majority of pets listed on PetRescue are being cared for in foster homes, so the carers are able to give an accurate as possible description of a pet’s personality and suitability.
Breed on the other hand should only ever be used as a guideline. Many breeders love to claim that ‘their breed’ is the perfect pet, but believing that all pets of a certain breed have the same behaviour traits is a bit like claiming that all Australians love to surf or all kids from the same family have identical personalities.
It’s okay to favour a certain type of dog or cat, but through searching by breed you may be excluding the very pet that would be your perfect match. The search filters on our site encourage interested adopters to look beyond sometimes broad generalisations about breed, and focus more on the pet’s personality; how they suit you, your lifestyle and your family. It’s all about that relationship you build with an animal, and how they make you feel on the inside that counts.