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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
    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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    Liberty Hall Livestock Rescue
    258 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
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    (571) 839-1143
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    Animal Welfare Society of Howard County
    8556 Davis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045
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    (410) 465-4350
    User Review: "I was not getting help from anywhere regarding the ferral cats that I was taking care of on my front porch. Shelly and..." - Karen (MD)
    7100 Rutherford Road, Baltimore, MD 21244
    The woof driver project is doing to live by his motive “Live clean and run wild!” and support to all new and old puppies to live happier life. You can watch the live fun activities for dogs of your do
    (860) 233-4074
    Alley Cat Rescue
    3904 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722
    (301) 277-5595
    The Washington Humane Society
    1201 New York Ave Ne, Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 529-0481
    Celtic Acres Farm Siberian Huskies
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (301) 642-7472
    Amazon Cares
    888 16th St Nw, Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 349-0845
    Maxon IP
    888 16th St Nw, Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 621-1802
    Alley Cat Allies
    1801 Belmont Rd Nw, Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 667-3630
    The Washington Animal Rescue League
    71 Oglethorpe St Nw, Washington, DC 20011
    (202) 726-2556
    Prince and Princess Home Care Corporation
    6230 3rd St Nw, Washington, DC 20011
    (202) 758-0779
    The Humane Society of The United States
    2100 L St Nw Ste 500, Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 452-1100
    Animal Welfare
    2650 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA 22206
    (703) 931-9241
    City of Greenbelt Animal Control Big
    550 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770
    (301) 474-0014
    Homeward Trails
    822 N Daniel St, Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 766-2647

    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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