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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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    Animal Protective League
    1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702
    Contact The ANIMAL PROTECTIVE LEAGUE at 217-544-7387 for an organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured, and abused homeless animals and coordinating the adoption of those animals to responsible
    (217) 544-7387
    Lane's Animal Control Services
    Springfield, IL 62701
    (217) 624-2137
    A All Animal Control
    Springfield, IL 62701
    (217) 741-6305
    Illinois Humane
    512 Po Box, Springfield, IL 62705
    (217) 698-3804
    House of The Rainbow
    1003 N 10th St, Springfield, IL 62702
    (217) 528-3350
    House of The Rainbow
    933 N 10th St, Springfield, IL 62702
    (217) 528-3244
    Spring Veteran Renaissance
    209 W Scarritt St, Springfield, IL 62704
    (217) 528-0800
    House of The Rainbow
    923 N 10th St, Springfield, IL 62702
    (217) 528-2990
    Sangamon County Health Department
    2100 Shale St, Springfield, IL 62703
    (217) 535-3065
    City of Taylorville
    115 N Main St Ste 3, Taylorville, IL 62568
    (217) 824-8713
    Shadow Home
    118 W Franklin St, Taylorville, IL 62568
    (217) 824-2001
    County Government Taylorville
    300 S Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568
    (217) 824-5433
    Logan County Animal Control
    1517 N Kickapoo St, Lincoln, IL 62656
    (217) 735-3232
    County Government Lincoln
    1515 N Kickapoo St, Lincoln, IL 62656
    (217) 735-3232
    God's Shelter of Love
    929 N Union St, Decatur, IL 62522
    (217) 422-2790

    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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