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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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    Cause for Paws
    1390 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
    Contact our animal shelter at (304) 820-0599 in Harpers Ferry, WV, that also acts as an animal hospice care facility for abused or terminally ill cats and dogs.
    (304) 820-0599
    Khumbula Thina Trust
    N/A, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
    Call us: 3049477309; Great Cacapon; WV We are a non for profit sanctuary for all wildlife and endangered species in Africa, based out of West Virgina
    (304) 947-7309
    Liberty Hall Livestock Rescue
    258 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
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    (571) 839-1143
    User Review: "The folks are amazing! if you ever have an animal emergency call liberty hall rescue! I could not even get my vet to..."
    Humane Society of Warren Co
    1245 Progress Dr, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 635-4734
    115 Featherbed Ln, Winchester, VA 22601
    (540) 662-8616
    Clarke County
    225 Ramsburg Ln, Berryville, VA 22611
    (540) 955-5104
    Page County of
    108 S Court St, Luray, VA 22835
    (540) 743-6571
    Evelyn Alexander Home for Animals
    35815 Snake Hill Rd, Middleburg, VA 20117
    (540) 687-6007
    Shenandoah County Animal Shelter
    268 Landfill Rd, Edinburg, VA 22824
    (540) 984-8955
    Frnds-Animal Shelter
    39703 Goodpuppy Ln, Aldie, VA 20105
    (703) 957-4085
    Culpeper County Animal Shelter
    10144 James Monroe Hwy, Culpeper, VA 22701
    (540) 547-4477
    Animal Control Solutions
    418 1st St, Shenandoah, VA 22849
    (540) 652-2001
    Poop Rescues, LLC
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    (703) 880-5214
    Siamese Cat Rescue Center
    366 Meander Run Rd, Locust Dale, VA 22948
    (540) 672-6373
    City of Manassas Animal Shelter
    10039 Dean Dr, Manassas, VA 20110
    (703) 257-2420

    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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