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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.
    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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    ICAPO - Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative
    2965 Redwood St, San Diego, CA 92104
    Volunteer to help save the Hawksbill sea turtles off the coast of San Diego, CA. We are working hard to research and conserve this endangered species.
    (619) 880-4526
    Barkley's Freedom Mustang Reha
    33820 Mission Trl, Wildomar, CA 92595
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    (951) 674-9180
    User Review: "Horses were in small cages! they looked like they needed to be rescued from the rescue! using money for own personal use!"
    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."
    The Trinity House
    416 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950
    (619) 477-7155
    Interfaith Housing Foundation
    550 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
    (619) 522-0892
    City of Chula Vista Permits and Licenses
    130 Beyer Way, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    (619) 691-5024
    National Cat Protection Society
    9031 Birch St, Spring Valley, CA 91977
    (619) 469-8771
    1-800-Animals Corporate Office
    964 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 544-1443
    Paws San Diego
    6160 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92120
    (619) 297-7297
    4918 Del Monte Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
    (805) 402-2534
    Polinsky Childrens Center
    9400 Ruffin Ct, San Diego, CA 92123
    (858) 522-6398
    Project Wildlife
    4343 Morena Blvd Ste 7, San Diego, CA 92117
    (858) 866-0555
    Turtle & Tortoise Society of S D
    712514 Po Box, Santee, CA 92072
    (619) 593-2123
    Friends of Cats Inc
    15587 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021
    (619) 561-0361
    Conney Nancy & John
    19550 Hidden Glen Rd, Alpine, CA 91901
    (619) 445-6565

    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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