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Compassionate people have come together worldwide to assist a special class of friends unable to speak for themselves — our pets and companion animals. These people have formed animal adoption and rescue agencies and humane societies of local, regional, national and even international scope. Most pet rescue agencies and humane societies are not-for-profit organizations, relying upon donations, grants and volunteer assistance. The focus and goals of each agency vary, but as a group they serve to perform and promote the following important functions:
  • Protection, rescue and placement (through adoption or return to owner) of lost, endangered and abused domestic animals;
  • Education of pet owners and prospective pet owners regarding the health, safety and proper care of pets;
  • Operation of clinics to insure that even low-income pet owners can have their animals innoculated against common diseases;
  • Sponsorship of humane programs to limit or reduce populations of domestic animals that have, through abandonment and subsequent overbreeding, become feral (wild); such programs typically include sterilization (neutering) and redomestication;
  • Introduction and sponsorship of legislation regarding protection of animals.
If you would like to become a pet owner and believe you can do so responsibly (See our Pet Health & Safety Tips.), please consider pet adoption from an animal shelter, S.P.C.A., humane society, pet adoption or animal rescue agency. Adopting a pet places an animal that requires love and care but might otherwise never find a home. Hundreds of thousands of abandoned or lost pets are euthanized annually because no one comes to their aid and the cost to maintain them in animal shelters is simply too high. Cats and dogs are, of course, the preferred pets of Americans; sadly, this makes them the most abundant and hence, as a group, the most neglected.

View the sitemap below for our complete listing of animal shelters, animal adoption agencies, humane societies, pet rescue and pet adoption agencies and our Pets & Companion Animals SiteMap for the entire listing of pet-related topics on our site, including such items as pet health care, pet health care products, and pet supplies.


Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 21 May 2003, updated 7 June 2005.




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