The best places to adopt a cat or dog in Shanghai

Your new BFF is waiting for you... here's where to find her/him

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Whether you've been thinking for a while about finding yourself a new forever flatmate, or your kids have started asking about a new furry family member, there are literally 1,000s of cats and dogs in Shanghai on the lookout for a new home. And with a wealth of resources – from shelters to adoption days to services advertising rescued animals – it's easier than ever to find the perfect fit for you and your family.

Of course, while there's no denying that bringing an animal into your home can be a lot of work and comes with a lot of questions (especially if you're not staying in Shanghai for life), if you have the space, time and are willing to commit longterm, you can expect unconditional love in return.

Recommendations: courtesy Alejandra Vasquez, PPAR.

Second Chance Animal Aid (SCAA)

Around since 2005, non-profit organisation SCAA has taken over 1,000 cats and dogs off the streets in Shanghai. Operating entirely off donations, SCAA and its volunteer foster families house around 40 animals at any one time. As well as adoption, SCAA educates on and advocates for animal welfare and offers medical care.

How to adopt SCAA hosts monthly adoption days and has a register of animals looking for new homes on its website. Visit or search ‘SCAAShanghai’ on WeChat for more information. 

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Paw Pals Animal Rescue (PPAR)

A non-profit cat shelter set up by a group of Shanghai-based animal rescuers in 2007, PPAR has so far rescued over 600 cats and kittens and is currently a temporary home for 70 kitties in need of a new family. 

How to adopt PPAR holds adoption days every month and will open its shelter in Minhang at weekends upon requests. Visit or follow ‘PPAR_sh’ on WeChat for more information. 

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Best Friends China (BFC)

BFC is a resource that supports Shanghai’s rescuers and rescue groups by acting as a one-stop platform that helps rehome animals via its online channels and hosting adoption days.

How to adopt BFC’s WeChat Mini Program is currently advertising around 1,500 rescued animals in need of adoption. To find out more, search ‘BFC_520’ on WeChat or visit

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107 Shelter

This Hongkou shelter has so far rehomed over 100 animals and is currently acting as a temporary home for around 50 dogs and 30 cats.

How to adopt Add WeChat IDs ‘ScoopOfficer’ or ‘Jings_ruan’ or email for more information.

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People for Pets (P4P)

Temporarily housing rescued animals in its network of foster homes, P4P was set up in 2015 and has since been dedicated to rehoming animals born on the streets or abandoned. All the animals in P4P’s care are treated by vets before moving in with foster families. 

How to adopt: To inquire about animals currently up for adoption, add WeChat ID ‘people4pets’.

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Okay, while this one isn't about cats or dogs, it's well deserving of a shout out on this animal adoption list. Care4Bunnies works towards finding happy homes for domestic rabbits in Shanghai. 

How to adopt: For more information or to inquire about adopting a rabbit, follow WeChat ID ‘tutuaixinzhijia’ or email

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