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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
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    Santa Maria Valley Humane Society
    751 Black Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93458
    Adoption facility for owner relinquished dogs and cats. We also have a spay and neuter clinic. Hours of operation are convenient, or call for appointment. Visit our animal shelter today to see how you can help.
    (805) 349-3435
    St. Francis Animals Center
    11734 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Contact St. Francis Animals Center in Los Angeles, CA, at (424) 371-9598 for an animal welfare organization that specializes in animal rescue.
    (424) 371-9598
    Redondo Beach Turtle Rescue Foundation
    2618 Robinson St, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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    (310) 422-6133
    User Review: "Beautiful ponds, & grounds, with many happy turtles roaming freely in a safe and natural environment.A non-profit..." - shannon (CA)
    Transition House
    434 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 730-3848
    Santa Barbara City Animal Control
    415 E Sola St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 963-1514
    Transition House
    421 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 730-3328
    Marine Mammal Center
    389 N Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 687-3255
    Animal Shelter Assistance Program
    5473 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 683-3368
    Animal Services
    5473 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 681-5285
    Humane Society of Ventura County
    402 Bryant St, Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-6505
    Santa Paula Animal Pescue Center Inc
    705 E Santa Barbara St, Santa Paula, CA 93060
    (805) 525-8609
    Ventura County of
    600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
    (805) 388-4341
    West Coast Shelter Mom's Place
    30 La Patera Ct, Camarillo, CA 93010
    (805) 383-6855
    Santa Barbara County Health Department
    1501 W Central Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
    (805) 737-7755
    Good Samaritan Shelter
    110 S L St, Lompoc, CA 93436
    (805) 742-0414

    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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