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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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    Heal My Heart
    7 Talbot Ave, Norwood, MA 02062
    Contact us at (781) 725-2867 in Norwood, MA, for an organization dedicated to raising funds for animal rescue and animal rights programs.
    (781) 725-2867
    Pat Brody Shelter for Cats
    479 Northfield Road, Lunenburg, MA 01462
    Contact Pat Brody Shelter for Cats at 978-582-6116 for sheltering and adoption services for cats, as well as providing public education on animal welfare.
    (978) 582-6116
    High Point Treatment Center
    199 N Main St, Fall River, MA 02720
    (508) 679-2109
    Animal Rescue League of Fall River
    474 Durfee St, Fall River, MA 02720
    (508) 676-1061
    Town of Swansea
    68 Stevens Rd, Swansea, MA 02777
    (508) 679-6446
    Forever Paws Animal Shelter
    300 Lynwood St, Fall River, MA 02721
    (508) 677-9154
    Bristol Town Animal Shelter
    10 Minturn Farm Rd, Bristol, RI 02809
    (401) 253-4834
    Animal Rescue League of New Bedford
    31 Ventura Dr, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
    (508) 995-0848
    Rhode Island Spca
    186 Amaral St, Riverside, RI 02915
    (401) 438-8150
    The Humane Society South Coast
    31 Ventura Dr, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
    (508) 995-2275
    Town of Rehoboth Town Ofcs
    148 Peck St, Rehoboth, MA 02769
    (508) 252-6502
    Town of Seekonk
    100 Peck St, Seekonk, MA 02771
    (508) 336-6663
    Office of Community Service
    239 Public St, Providence, RI 02905
    (401) 421-7888
    Market Ministries Homeless Shelter for Men
    60 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740
    (508) 997-3202
    Providence Animal Rescue
    34 Elbow St, Providence, RI 02903
    (401) 421-1399

    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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