As a dog owner, you are a part of the “Shelter Alliance” which maintains information about many dog shelters. This is an international association of animal welfare groups, shelters and rescue organizations. It has members from all over the world and has been providing information to help owners and others in need since its inception.
This National Organization provides assistance and information about local shelters, animal welfare groups, rescue organizations, and adoption centers. Information includes state and regional listings. It also lists volunteer and social service agencies, as well as pet emergency assistance, which can provide advice on the services available, how to become a member, and which local services are closest to your location. Contact numbers for many agencies are also listed.
There are many types of shelters. Some of them are domestic, farm, rescue, specialty shelters, zoos, animal hospitals, humane societies, and breeders. There are thousands of these locations and you can find the right one for your dog or cat by getting some basic information about the shelters.
Shelter needs are different for each type of shelter. The four major types of shelters are: domestic, farm, rescue, and specialty shelters. Each type has its own unique needs and goals for animals.
Domestic shelters have their own list of requirements and goals. They may have a strict no-kill policy. They accept only those dogs or cats that are friendly, healthy, and adoptable. They also evaluate the adopter and his/her lifestyle and commitment to adopt. These requirements differ depending on the shelter.
Farm shelters take in only dogs and cats that were brought in from outside the country or are not kept within the same area. The people that make up this type of shelter will often need assistance to feed and care for the animals. Rescueshelters are usually an out-of-town organization that takes in animals and gets them to a place where they can be put to good use. Many of these animal rescue organizations are simply in need of volunteers to help feed, walk, and take care of the animals.
Specialty shelters are a special kind of shelter. They allow dogs and cats that do not have one of these other two types of shelters, they can be placed with. Specialty shelters also have a list of requirements that must be met for adopting an animal.
Some specialty shelters will even allow adoptions from any place, not just locally. These animals include exotic pets and dogs that are surrendered to shelters by owners who no longer want them. Breeders also are accepted at specialty shelters and must meet strict standards of health, temperament, and behavior.
Because there are so many types of shelters, you may be overwhelmed by all the choices. You can search for one that meets your specific needs by looking at the listings of the shelters in your area. Often, many shelters are listed in the Yellow Pages. You may also contact the local Humane Society or visit their website to find a list of available shelters.
When you have found a dog shelter, it is important to know what you are allowed to do before adopting. A shelter may allow you to come in and see the animals before you take them home. There are also shelters that allow you to bring your own animals in, but you will need to bring along your own furniture and supplies.
Emergency animal care services are offered by most shelters, although some have special arrangements for “emergency” situations. It is important to ask about the arrangements for emergency services when you are meeting with a shelter manager. Make sure you understand the arrangements and that the shelter is ready for emergency situations.
If you know you are going to be gone for a time, it is important to plan ahead for your animal shelter visit. You can arrange an appointment to meet with the shelter staff before you leave for your trip. For example, if you have specific needs that cannot wait until you arrive, you may want to bring along your emergency veterinarian’s prescription kit and medications.