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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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    Parrot Outreach Society
    Po Box 381221, Murdock, FL 33938
    We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit parrot rescue organization. We take in the parrot you can no longer keep for whatever reason. Adoption application & home visit are required to adopt. Also an adoption contract & follow-up visits are required after adoption.
    (941) 815-0879
    Pet Placement Inc
    5406 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
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    (941) 927-8832
    User Review: "Always nice friendly people and very good animals , good location" - ruth (FL)
    4127 Via Piedra Cir, Sarasota, FL 34233
    Save and rescue abandoned animals with our animal shelters and animal rescue services at PEOPLE-4-PAWS. For more information regarding our services, contact us at (877) 301-8057 in Sarasota, FL.
    (877) 301-8057
    Animal Welfare League Inc
    3519 Drance St, Punta Gorda, FL 33980
    (941) 625-6720
    Wildlife Center of Venice The
    3252 Border Rd, Venice, FL 34292
    (941) 484-9657
    MM Pet Rescue
    1779 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293
    (941) 412-4383
    Humane Society Suncoast
    6781 San Casa Dr, Englewood, FL 34224
    (941) 474-7884
    Ears Animal Rescue
    145 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223
    (941) 475-0636
    Canine Castaways
    5293 Ne Masters Ave, Arcadia, FL 34266
    (863) 491-6888
    Desoto-County of
    2048 Ne Mckay St, Arcadia, FL 34266
    (863) 993-4855
    Salvation Army
    1701 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239
    (941) 388-7317
    Humane Society of Sarasota County Incorporated
    2331 15th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 955-4131
    Animal Shelter of
    2331 15th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 955-3715
    Save Our Seabirds
    1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 388-3010
    Cat Depot
    2542 17th St, Sarasota, FL 34234
    (941) 366-2404

    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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