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Humane Shelter, Animal Adoption Center

These facilities provide a safe and caring environment for homeless, lost or

abandoned animals


Humane shelters

house animals until they are either reclaimed by their owners, adopted into a new home, or placed with another organization. Animal adoption centers place special emphasis on rehoming companion animals.

Shelters for Animals

Primarily serving dogs and cats, the shelters may also provide for other animals including:
  • rabbits,
  • birds,
  • guinea pigs,
  • mice,
  • rats,
  • hamsters,
  • gerbils,
  • chinchillas,
  • ferrets.
At most shelters, animals receive examinations, vaccinations and medical treatments, behavior assessments, microchipping and spaying or neutering for all cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets prior to adoption. A shelter may temperament test animals before they are put up for adoption to determine the best new home for the animal.

No-kill shelters

Because of pet overpopulation, some "shelters" also function as centers of mass extermination of unwanted animals. No-kill shelters reject euthanasia as a means of population control. A no-kill shelter will only euthanize animals if they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted out. No-kill shelters seek to end the killing by increasing the demand for shelter dogs and cats. They will often sponsor pet adoption days at local pet supply stores or their local

animal adoption center


The core belief of these shelters for animals is belief in the intrinsic value of animals. A reciprocal bond exists between animals and humans. People have a responsibility to animals, particularly those we have domesticated. Humane shelters treat animals humanely, with compassion.

Local Animal Shelters

As the economy has forced many pet owners to relinquish their animals, the need for new homes and donations is very great. If you are looking for a pet, please consider visiting an animal adoption center or

animal shelter

. To assist you in finding a companion animal, we have compiled a list shelters with animals waiting for new homes.
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