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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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    The Volunteer Auxiliary for Animal Shelters Inc
    Toms River, NJ 08753
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    (732) 341-9959
     
    User Review: "I have seen the same volunteers for this organization bringing animals out of a tom's river shelter week after week, year..." - doris (NJ)
    Jersey Reptile Rulerz
    15 Adams Dr., Brick, NJ 08724
    We at Jersey Reptile Rulerz are a privately owned reptile rescue shelter taking in reptiles only. If you can no longer keep your reptile or just need some information give us a call.
    (732) 684-5877
    Lancaster C.A.R.E.S.
    237 Centerville Rd Suite 2, Lancaster, PA 17603
    Lancaster C.A.R.E.S. is an organization of not-for-profit animal welfare groups funded by donations from pet lovers like you. These organizations depend on support from the community to rescue, rehab
    (717) 381-2275
    R S Animal Shelter
    81 Almond Rd, Elmer, NJ 08318
    (856) 691-4333
    Gloucester County of
    1200 N Delsea Dr Ste 1, Clayton, NJ 08312
    (856) 881-2828
    Cumberland County Spca
    1244 N Delsea Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360
    (856) 691-1500
    Stand Up for Salenm
    152 W Broadway, Salem, NJ 08079
    (856) 935-8800
    Camden County Animal Shelter
    125 Barnsboro Rd, Blackwood, NJ 08012
    (856) 401-1300
    Banfield Pet Hospital
    2000 Clements Bridge Rd, Woodbury, NJ 08096
    (856) 384-1800
    Animal Adoption Center
    501 Berlin Rd N, Clementon, NJ 08021
    (856) 435-6381
    A Budy for Life
    16 Cornwall Rd, New Castle, DE 19720
    (302) 322-4997
    Animal Welfare Association
    509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043
    (856) 424-2288
    Faithful Friends
    12 Germay Dr, Wilmington, DE 19804
    (302) 427-8514
    A Strickler Animal Control
    4304 N Bent Ln, Chester, PA 19014
    (610) 485-2770
    Morris Animal Refuge
    1242 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
    (215) 735-3256


    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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