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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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    Kick Ass Mayan Fudge
    20604 Nw 250th St, High Springs, FL 32643
    (386) 454-0001
    Retirement Home for Horses Inc
    20307 Nw County Road 235a, Alachua, FL 32615
    (386) 462-1001
    Sea Turtle Survival League
    4424 Nw 13th St Ste A1, Gainesville, FL 32609
    (352) 373-6442
    Suwannee County Animal Shelter
    11150 144th St, Mc Alpin, FL 32062
    (386) 208-0072
    Levy County of
    Bronson, FL 32621
    (352) 486-5209
    Bradford County Animal Control
    606 Edwards Rd, Starke, FL 32091
    (904) 964-9200
    Lake City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center
    1392 Nw Shelter Gln, Lake City, FL 32055
    (386) 752-4702
    E ARS Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary
    2615 E Highway 318, Citra, FL 32113
    (352) 595-2959
    Humane Society of Marion County Inc
    701 Nw 14th Rd, Ocala, FL 34475
    (352) 854-8230
    Safe Animal Shelter of Orange Park Inc
    2913 County Road 220, Middleburg, FL 32068
    (904) 276-7233
    Clay County Departments
    3984 State Road 16 W, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
    (904) 269-6342
    Arnette House Inc
    2310 Ne 24th St, Ocala, FL 34470
    (352) 622-6135
    Mission In Citrus
    2472 N Pennsylvania Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428
    (352) 794-3825
    Wildlife Rescue Coalition
    6853 Seaboard Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32244
    (904) 779-5569
    Path of Citrus County Inc Shelter The
    27 S Melbourne St, Beverly Hills, FL 34465
    (352) 527-6500


    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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