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Common Terms Associated with Animal Shelters

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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    Cat Nap From The Heart
    1101 Beach Ave, La Grange Park, IL 60526
    CatNap from the Heart is a nonprofit animal shelter located in LaGrange Park IL. We rescue cats, kittens, birds and small mammals from our community through owner give-ups and strays and adopt them.
    (708) 352-3914
    Animal Control Specialists Inc
    2975 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062
    Animal Control Specialists, Inc. is a wildlife damage control company. We specialize in humane solutions to nuisances urban wildlife problems.
    (847) 827-7800
    Arlington Cat Clinic
    841 N Wilke Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    Arlington Cat Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been a full service feline veterinary hospital in the NW suburbs since 1988.
    (847) 398-3355
    Frieds Cat Shelter
    509 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 874-6932
    Abused Women
    414 Kennedy Ct, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-4615
    City of Michigan City
    1801 Kentucky St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 873-1502
    City of Michigan City Planning Dept
    102 W 2nd St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 874-3221
    Laporte County
    2855 W State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350
    (219) 326-1637
    Independent Cat Society
    4061 S County Line Rd, Westville, IN 46391
    (219) 785-4936
    Animal Hospital of Chesterton
    117 N 15th St, Chesterton, IN 46304
    (219) 728-6590
    Government Offices City of Portage
    2693 Irving St, Portage, IN 46368
    (219) 762-3122
    Porter County
    2056 Heavilin Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46385
    (219) 465-3550
    Lakeshore Paws
    450 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46385
    (219) 476-7297
    City of Lake Station
    1969 Central Ave, Lake Station, IN 46405
    (219) 962-8023
    City of Lake Station
    3705 Fairview Ave, Lake Station, IN 46405
    (219) 963-9626


    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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