I want a purebred dog/cat! Don't I have to buy it in a pet store or from a breeder? 

That is a common misconception. If you believe this is true, you are among the majority of Americans. The truth is, however, that you can find a purebred dog through animal shelters or rescue groups! The Humane Society of the United States estimates that approximately 25% of the dogs in U.S. animal shelters are purebred! There are rescue groups all over the country as well that specialize in specific breeds of dogs! If you go to www.petfinder.com or www.adoptapet.com, you can do a search for breed-specific cats or dogs.