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If you are looking for a pet, skip the pet store and head over to an animal shelter. If you need more information about animal adoption you can log onto the Humane Society website or head down to a local animal rescue in your city or county and speak to a volunteer. Before looking for your new dog or cat there are some animal shelter terms that you should become familiar with.

  • Animal Rescue or Shelter - An animal protection foundation that fights against pet cruelty. There are no-kill animal shelters which find homes for animals and do not put unwanted ones to sleep.
  • Adopt - To take care of an animal as one's own. Animal shelters allow people to adopt puppies and kittens for little to no cost.
  • Stray - A pet that roams or wanders without a definite home. Dogs and cats become strays after being abandoned by their original owners.
  • Pound - A facility where stray animals can wind up after being found on the street, rescued or given up by their owners. Foster homes are needed for these animals so that they do not have to be put to sleep.
  • Breeding - Reproducing offspring. People should have their pets fixed to avoid accidental breeding and unwanted offspring.
  • Abuse - Pet rescuers save dogs and cats from abusive situations and owners. They will often rescue them when an owner has been abusive, hurtful and neglectful to an animal. Animal abuse is prevalent at puppy mills and it is imperative that these puppies and kittens be rescued and sent to a loving home.
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    National Animal Control Association
    Olathe, KS 66061
    Do something to help your community and animals in need by adopting your next pet from our animal shelters. Find one near you through our nationwide association and help an animal in need.
     
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    520 Cr 5351, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
    Offering obedience training, nail trimming, pet sitting, in-home care of the elderly, house sitting, teeth cleaning, bathing, grooming, dog walking, come see the pets in our animal shelter, save a stray, or adopt a dog or cat today from your local humane society.
    (573) 686-7551
    City of Perryville
    215 N West St, Perryville, MO 63775
    (573) 547-2594
    Sherriff Office Animal Control
    5 Basler Dr, Sainte Genevieve, MO 63670
    (573) 883-5899
    Humane Society of Monroe County
    4172 State Route 3, Red Bud, IL 62278
    (618) 282-7387
    Critter Sitters
    107 N East St, Smithton, IL 62285
    (618) 233-7386
    Washington County Animal Control
    245 N Kaskaskia St, Nashville, IL 62263
    (618) 327-8021
    City of Jackson
    525 S Hope St, Jackson, MO 63755
    (573) 243-3151
    Pets Inns & Outs
    540 S Virginia Ave, Belleville, IL 62220
    (618) 233-0555
    Hillcrest Kennels
    5867 Kennel Dr, Belleville, IL 62220
    (618) 233-3406
    Belle City Kennel Club Inc
    2448 Eastview Dr, Belleville, IL 62221
    (618) 233-9622
    Mon-Clair Animal Hospital
    520 E Washington St, Millstadt, IL 62260
    (618) 476-3786
    4 Life
    300 Gettysburg Rd Apt C, Belleville, IL 62226
    (618) 239-9191
    Family Crisis Center Homeless Shelter
    Herrin, IL 62948
    (618) 988-8020
    Humane Society of Semo
    2536 Boutin Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    (573) 334-5837
    City of Cape Girardeau
    40 S Sprigg St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
    (573) 335-6621


    Animal shelters deal with the problem of unwanted pets and sometimes large animals and livestock. They may take in anything or specialize in a specific species such as dogs or horses. Many counties in the United States have a humane society. Animal control may also operate a 'pound' where homeless animals are held until they can be adopted. Unfortunately, many shelters eventually run out of space and may euthanize animals to make room. Adult animals are generally harder to place than puppies and kittens. An animal control facility also holds lost and stray animals until their owners can be found. Rescues may operate in the same way as shelters, or as networks that employ foster homes to take care of the animals. Most rescues are species specific and many focus on a specific breed, especially cat and dog rescues. Rescues are generally set up as charitable foundations and may have a board of directors. A county or city facility, on the other hand, may be arranged as part of the local government or through the local humane society. Rescues and shelters may also deal with cases of cruelty and abuse. Abusers are often expected to surrender their animals to a shelter or animal control center. Many animals that end up in shelters are abandoned, others are given up by their owners for financial or personal reasons. Some rescues may also help owners place animals without actually taking physical custody. Animal shelters are something of a sad necessity. In cases of deliberate neglect or abuse, animals may have to be held as evidence and their recovery photographically documented.
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