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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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    Clayton County
    1396 Government Cir, Jonesboro, GA 30236
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    (770) 477-3509
     
    User Review: "They never answer the phones here, I been calling for 2 days now and still no answer"
    Smithgall Woods Animal Shelter
    4823 Helen Hwy, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
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    (706) 865-4135
     
    User Review: "We found our cute collie mix on petfinder, visited the shelter and brought home little cinnamon. On advice of a trainer,..."
    Greenville County
    301 University Rdg, Greenville, SC 29601
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    (864) 467-7595
     
    User Review: "Animal control officers abuse their authority something needs to be done." - leanna (SC)
    Oconee County
    1171 Branch Rd, Bishop, GA 30621
    (706) 769-3956
    Walton County Government
    1407 S Madison Ave, Monroe, GA 30655
    (770) 267-1350
    Athens-Area Humane Society
    1781 Mars Hill Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677
    (706) 769-9155
    Morgan County
    2392 Athens Hwy, Madison, GA 30650
    (706) 752-1195
    City of Madison
    1612 Four Lakes Dr, Madison, GA 30650
    (706) 342-9604
    Barrow County
    610 Barrow Park Dr, Winder, GA 30680
    (770) 307-3012
    Leftover Pets Inc
    610 Barrow Park Dr, Winder, GA 30680
    (770) 307-3499
    Athens Clarke County Georgia Unified Government Go
    125 Buddy Christian Way, Athens, GA 30605
    (706) 613-3540
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    150 Buddy Christian Way, Athens, GA 30605
    (706) 613-3887
    Athens-Clarke County Georgia Unified Government Ce
    45 Beaverdam Road Ext, Athens, GA 30605
    (706) 613-3540
    A Trapper John Rodent & Animal Specialists
    2744 Main St W, Snellville, GA 30078
    (770) 982-0122
    Rockdale County Fire and Rescue
    1496 Rockbridge Rd Nw, Conyers, GA 30012
    (770) 278-8401


    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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