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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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    Humane Society of Huron Valley
    3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Humane Society of Huron Valley is animal welfare organization in Ann Arbor, MI to stop animal cruelty and provide animal rescue. HSHV is a full service veterinary clinic, offering pet adoption.
    (734) 662-5585
    Healthypets Aliverescue
    17166 Norborne, Redford, MI 48240
    HPARA is a non-profit, “no-kill” rescue. This means that we do not euthanize an animal unless a veterinarian deems it necessary for medical reasons. We take in dogs primarily from over full “kill” shelters and individual owners who can no longer care for them.
    (313) 541-5183
    Williams County Humane Society
    9464 County Road 13, Bryan, OH 43506
    (419) 636-2200
    Lovejoy's Halfway House Wildlife Rehabilitation Ce
    5111 County Rd S, Montpelier, OH 43543
    (419) 459-4640
    Dekalb Animal Shelter
    5221 Us Highway 6, Butler, IN 46721
    (260) 868-2409
    Shelter Ministries Inc
    315 E 7th St, Auburn, IN 46706
    (260) 925-9200
    Greater Hillsdale Humane Society
    3881 Tripp Rd, Osseo, MI 49266
    (517) 523-2308
    Angels for Animal Rescue League
    211 S Greenlawn Ave, Lima, OH 45807
    (419) 339-9408
    Charis House Extension
    1001 E Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
    (260) 423-3335
    Hillsdale County Senior Services Center
    320 W Bacon St, Hillsdale, MI 49242
    (517) 437-2422
    Hillsdale County Offices
    165 W Fayette St, Hillsdale, MI 49242
    (517) 437-7384
    Hillsdale County Offices
    61 Mccollum St, Hillsdale, MI 49242
    (517) 437-2828
    It's Meow of Never Animal Rescue
    4835 Jean Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    (260) 755-6839
    Humane Society Inc of Steuben County
    1700 N 200 W, Angola, IN 46703
    (260) 833-2877
    Spca Pet Shelter & Adoption Center
    4914 Hanna St, Fort Wayne, IN 46806
    (260) 744-0454


    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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