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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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    Doggie Port
    16068 Via Cordoba, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
    Contact us at (855) 415-2206 in San Lorenzo, CA, for pet services while you are away from your home. Contact us at (855) 415-2206 in San Lorenzo, CA, for pet services while you are away from your home
    (510) 467-4328
    Golden State Greyhound Adoption
    2866 Deerpark Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    Our non-profit animal rescue seeks to find foster homes and pet parents for retired racing dogs. Contact us now to learn more about how you can help these abused animals by providing them a loving home through adoption.
    (925) 946-0426
    Regal Felines Cat Rescue
    Po Box 292, Concord, CA 94522
    Regal Felines Cat Rescue is a non profit, no kill, all volunteer organization who is dedicated to the rescuing, rehabilitating and rooming of displaced cats.
    (808) 349-4021
    Peninsula Humane Society
    12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94401
    (650) 340-7022
    San Mateo County Offices
    225 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
    (650) 573-3900
    Pets In Need
    873 5th Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
    (650) 367-1405
    Pets In Need
    871 5th Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
    (650) 367-1405
    East Bay Spca Oakland
    8323 Baldwin St, Oakland, CA 94621
    (510) 569-2591
    East Oakland Community Project
    7515 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621
    (510) 532-3211
    Wildlife Rescue Inc.
    4000 Middlefield Rd Ste V1, Palo Alto, CA 94303
    (650) 494-7283
    Friends of The Alameda Animal Shelter
    1590 Fortman Way, Alameda, CA 94501
    (510) 337-8565
    Shelter Network
    2800 Illinois St, Palo Alto, CA 94303
    (650) 752-6314
    Maddie's Fund
    2223 Santa Clara Ave Ste B, Alameda, CA 94501
    (510) 337-8989
    San Francisco Spca
    2500 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
    (415) 554-3000
    County Government Animal Care & Control
    1200 15th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
    (415) 554-6364

    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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