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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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    Humane Society of Lehigh County
    640 Dixon St, Allentown, PA 18103
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    (610) 797-1205
    User Review: "They take very good care of animals. And they are very cute." - jessica (PA)
    Lancaster C.A.R.E.S.
    237 Centerville Rd Suite 2, Lancaster, PA 17603
    Lancaster C.A.R.E.S. is an organization of not-for-profit animal welfare groups funded by donations from pet lovers like you. These organizations depend on support from the community to rescue, rehab
    (717) 381-2275
    170 Marketplace Blvd, Hamilton, NJ 08691
    Rescue animals with Res-Q-Pets, a non-profit organization in Hamilton, NJ. You may also contact us if you want to adopt pets.
    (609) 308-3372
    Sanatoga Animal Hospital
    2814 E High St, Pottstown, PA 19464
    (610) 326-6346
    Animal Rescue League
    58 Kennel Rd, Birdsboro, PA 19508
    (610) 373-6064
    Valley Forge Animal Medical Center
    1260 Valley Forge Rd Ste 105, Phoenixville, PA 19460
    (610) 935-6838
    Pet Valu
    622 Gravel Pike Ste 111, East Greenville, PA 18041
    (215) 541-1749
    Brushwood Stables
    17 Green Ln, Malvern, PA 19355
    (610) 644-2622
    Humane Society of Berks County Inc
    1801 N 11th St, Reading, PA 19604
    (610) 921-2348
    Kitty Cottage Adoption Center Inc
    317 W Johnson Hwy, Norristown, PA 19401
    (610) 731-0101
    Chester County S P C A
    1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380
    (610) 692-6113
    Berks Advocates Against Violence
    351 N 5th St, Reading, PA 19601
    (610) 376-6381
    Country Tyme Sheds
    713 Bethlehem Pike, Colmar, PA 18915
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    (267) 477-1145
    Last Chance Ranch
    9 Beck Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951
    (215) 538-2510
    Montgomery County S P C A
    19 E Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428
    (610) 825-0111

    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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