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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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    Kent Animal Shelter
    2259 River Rd, Calverton, NY 11933
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    (631) 727-7797
    User Review: "The staff was kind and friendly. Just wish they were open sooner" - annmarie (NY)
    Animal Welfare Associates Inc
    Stamford, CT 06901
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    (203) 322-8283
    User Review: "This is a very dedicated and hardworking group. I would trust them with my own cats. I have known them to take in badly..." - isa (CT)
    Mansfield Town of
    4 S Eagleville Rd, Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268
    (860) 742-4064
    Cornerstone Foundations Inc
    1 Prospect St, Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
    (860) 875-6343
    Vernon Town Administrative Departments
    100 Windsorville Rd, Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
    (860) 870-3558
    Town of Dudley
    40 Schofield Ave, Dudley, MA 01571
    (508) 949-8010
    Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
    171 Union St, Springfield, MA 01105
    (413) 781-4000
    Second Chance Animal
    111 Young Rd, East Brookfield, MA 01515
    (508) 867-5525
    Thomas J O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center
    627 Cottage St, Springfield, MA 01104
    (413) 781-1484
    LIA'S All Natural Pet Line
    Ware, MA 01082
    (855) 377-3188
    Second Chance Wellness and Education Center
    372 N Main St, North Brookfield, MA 01535
    (508) 637-1333
    Community Cat Connection Inc
    289 Main St, Webster, MA 01570
    (508) 949-0779
    Protectors of Animals
    144 Main St Ste N, East Hartford, CT 06118
    (860) 569-0722
    Town of Leicester
    15 Water St, Leicester, MA 01524
    (508) 892-7018
    Town of Lebanon Administrative Departments
    27 Goshen Hill Rd, Lebanon, CT 06249
    (860) 642-6379

    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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