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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 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)
    North Shore Animal League America
    25 Davis Ave, Port Washington, NY 11050
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    (516) 883-7575
    User Review: "The manager michael at the store was very nasty to me and to my husband .We were willing to adopt a dog,and we changed our..." - cassandra (NY)
    Nelson Ave Family Residence
    1605 Nelson Ave, Bronx, NY 10453
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    (718) 299-5550
    User Review: "If you work and make a decent amount of money they do not help you. They resent that you make more money then them. The..." - minerva (NY)
    Cat Assistance
    31 Woods End Rd, Hartsdale, NY 10530
    (914) 937-7877
    Greenburgh Town of
    188 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY 10607
    (914) 682-5319
    Harrison Shore Humane Soc Inc
    7 Harrison Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
    (914) 835-3332
    Cat Assistance
    459 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573
    (914) 667-7877
    141 Halstead Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
    (914) 630-0199
    Animal Welfare Trust
    141 Halstead Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
    (914) 381-6177
    Adopt-A-Dog Inc
    849 Lake Ave, Greenwich, CT 06831
    (203) 629-9494
    Paws by The River
    10 Roundhouse Rd, Piermont, NY 10968
    (845) 680-6147
    Town of Greenwich Animal Control
    393 North St, Greenwich, CT 06830
    (203) 622-8299
    Adopt-A-Dog Inc
    23 Cox Ave, Armonk, NY 10504
    (914) 273-1674
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    590 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
    (914) 941-7797
    Shelter Rock Reality
    17 Van Buren St, Yonkers, NY 10701
    (914) 751-2160

    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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