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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.
    National Animal Control Association
    Olathe, KS 66061
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    American Society for Humane Treatment of Animals (
    3565 Thomas St, Mephas, TN 38127
    you support animal rights, help us send food to animal shelters in need. Contact our nonprofit organization at (901) 646-2285 in Memphis, TN, to donate today and become a member.
    (901) 646-2285
    Memphis City Animal Shelter
    2350 Appling City Cv, Memphis, TN 38133
    (901) 372-5995
    Bartlett City Public Works
    5220 Shelter Run Ln, Memphis, TN 38135
    (901) 385-6484
    City of Germantown Public Services
    1930 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138
    (901) 757-7350
    Town of Collierville Finance Department
    609 E South St, Collierville, TN 38017
    (901) 457-2670
    Have A Heart Animal Control
    4001 Fern Valley Dr, Memphis, TN 38125
    (901) 757-0756
    City of Southaven Animal Control
    5813 Pepper Chase Dr Bldg C, Southaven, MS 38671
    (662) 796-2491
    Southaven Animal Shelter
    5813 Pepper Chase Dr Bldg C, Southaven, MS 38671
    (662) 796-2490
    14 Military Rd, Marion, AR 72364
    (870) 739-6041
    Desoto County
    1251 Humane Way, Nesbit, MS 38651
    (662) 469-8004
    Dark Horse Rescue Inc
    1055 W Oak Grove Rd, Hernando, MS 38632
    (662) 469-9139
    Animal Control
    401 W Keiser Ave, Osceola, AR 72370
    (870) 563-4597
    Haywood County Health Department
    217 S Russell St, Brownsville, TN 38012
    (731) 772-2908
    Hardeman County of
    300 E Jackson St, Bolivar, TN 38008
    (731) 659-2093
    1062 Po Box, Blytheville, AR 72316
    (870) 532-6669

    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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