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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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    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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    18800 Delaware, Suite 1050b, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    site where children can go with their parents and link to sites hat donate money and time to help animals, children, hunger, wetlands, land build homes etc.
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    (949) 306-9053
    User Review: "This business is a good idea. I recommend all teachers and parents to check it out."
    627 Redondo Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90814
    Give your little family members the veterinary services they deserve. Contact us at (562) 429-4228 in Long Beach, CA, to learn more about our animal hospital. Give your little family members the veter
    (562) 666-4836
    Pet Harbor
    328 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248
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    (310) 324-2325
    User Review: "This is not a shelter. they kill all animals that enter their doors."
    Orange County Humane Society
    21632 Newland St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
    (714) 536-8480
    Alzheimer's Family Services
    9451 Indianapolis Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
    (714) 593-9630
    E Z Up Instant Shelters Outlet
    3100 Airway Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 957-0190
    City of Westminster
    8200 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683
    (714) 898-6079
    Huntington Youth Shelter
    7291 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 842-6600
    Boys Hope Girls Hope
    1041 W 18th St Ste A101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 515-8833
    National Cat Protection Society
    6904 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (949) 650-1232
    Four Paws Inn
    20291 Riverside Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (714) 444-4729
    Orange County Area and Service Provided
    561 The City Dr S, Orange, CA 92868
    (714) 935-6848
    Micah's Way
    1913 E 17th St Ste 109, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 667-7110
    Noah's Legacy Inc
    16811 Millikan Ave, Irvine, CA 92606
    (949) 296-2050
    Seal Beach Animal Care Center
    1700 Adolfo Lopez Dr, Seal Beach, CA 90740
    (562) 430-4993

    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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