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VCA City Cats Hospital - Cats Only
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VCA Brookline Animal Hospital
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Metro Cat Hospital - Cats Only
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Highland Animal Hospital
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Cambridge Veterinary Care
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VCA North Main Street Veterinary Clinic
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VCA Northboro Animal Hospital
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VCA South Shore (Quincy) Animal Hospital
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VCA Westboro Animal Hospital
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Common Terms Associated with Animal Shelters

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.
    Lloyd Animal Medical Center
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    Angell Animal Center
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    Heal My Heart
    7 Talbot Ave, Norwood, MA 02062
    Contact us at (781) 725-2867 in Norwood, MA, for an organization dedicated to raising funds for animal rescue and animal rights programs.
    (781) 725-2867
    Pat Brody Shelter for Cats
    479 Northfield Road, Lunenburg, MA 01462
    Contact Pat Brody Shelter for Cats at 978-582-6116 for sheltering and adoption services for cats, as well as providing public education on animal welfare.
    (978) 582-6116
    Wellesley Town Police Department
    485 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482
    (781) 235-1212
    Pet World
    1262 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760
    (508) 653-9221
    Animal Rescue League
    55 Annas Pl, Dedham, MA 02026
    (781) 326-0729
    The Animal Rescue
    276 Pine St, Dedham, MA 02026
    (781) 461-0126
    Pine Ridge Animal Center
    55 Annas Pl, Dedham, MA 02026
    (781) 326-0729
    Home for Little Wanderers
    397 Lincoln Rd, Walpole, MA 02081
    (508) 660-7460
    Town of Framingham
    50 Western Ave, Framingham, MA 01702
    (508) 532-5870
    Boston City
    26 Mahler Rd, Roslindale, MA 02131
    (617) 635-1913
    Millis Town
    161 Village St, Medway, MA 02053
    (508) 533-3251
    Town of Ashland
    101 Main St, Ashland, MA 01721
    (508) 881-0100
    American Humane
    350 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    (617) 522-5055
    Sojourner House Inc
    85 Rockland St, Roxbury, MA 02119
    (617) 442-0590
    Millennium House
    2 Miller Park, Roxbury, MA 02119
    (617) 445-2263


    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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