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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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    Country Animal Haven
    5668 County Hwy A, Oregon, WI 53575
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    (608) 835-8998
    Fisher Valley Felines
    5644 Cty Rd M, Fitchburg, WI 53575
    We are a 501c3 non-profit , no kill cat and kitten rescue in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Saving one cat at a time.
    (608) 516-3034
    Country Animal Haven
    1755 Williams Dr, Stoughton, WI 53589
    We are a local non profit, no kill, animal shelter and animal rescue. We specialize in the adoption of pets, cats and kittens. Consider us your choice for exceptional professionalism and fantastic customer service.
    (608) 212-8729
    River Haven Shelter
    108 E Pleasant St, Portage, WI 53901
    (608) 742-7687
    River Haven Men's Shelter
    211 W Pleasant St, Portage, WI 53901
    (608) 566-1240
    Remember Me Ranch
    E13158 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913
    (608) 356-3555
    State of Wisconsin Agriculture Trade & Consumer Pr
    W4885 Village Acres Ln, Princeton, WI 54968
    (920) 295-3423
    Road Home Dane County The
    714 Vera Ct Apt 103, Madison, WI 53704
    (608) 244-7444
    Innocent Paws
    1845 Bourbon Rd, Cross Plains, WI 53528
    (608) 224-9600
    Great Pyrenees Rescue of Wi
    W2789 Deerborn Dr, Neshkoro, WI 54960
    (920) 293-8885
    Dane County Humane Society
    5132 Voges Rd, Madison, WI 53718
    (608) 838-0413
    Karem Inc
    5675 Box Elder Rd, Marshall, WI 53559
    (608) 655-4575
    Tri County Animal Shelter & Adoption LTD
    N6217 Busse Rd, Green Lake, WI 54941
    (920) 294-3042
    Advance Pest & Small Animal Control
    E4342 Dietl Rd, Plain, WI 53577
    (608) 588-5390
    Adams County Humane Society
    1982 11th Ave, Friendship, WI 53934
    (608) 339-6700


    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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