The dog pounds in towns like Norwalk or Stamford are good places to start. There’s also Strays and Others (203-966-6556/straysandothers.petfinder.com) in New Canaan, the no-kill Animals in Distress cat shelter (203-762-2006) next door to Wilton Town Hall on Danbury Road, Pet Animal Welfare Society or PAWS (203-750-9572/pawsct.org) in Norwalk, the Connecticut Humane Society (203-227-4137), Save Our Strays (203-255-0514) in Westport.

Many animal rescue groups also list adoptable animals on petfinder.com.