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Encyclopedia > Animal shelter
Dog at a no-kill animal shelter in Washington, Iowa
Dog at a no-kill animal shelter in Washington, Iowa

An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. The animal is kept at the shelter until it is either reclaimed by an owner, adopted to a new owner or placed with another organization. In the past, they were more commonly referred to as "dog pounds", a term which had its origins in the pounds of agricultural communities, where stray cattle would be penned up until claimed by their owners. RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap group made up of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2148x1745, 1713 KB) Summary Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2148x1745, 1713 KB) Summary Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ...

Some animal shelters humanely euthanize animals that are not adopted within a set period of time, others have a policy of only putting down animals that are in distress due to age or illness. Put down redirects here. ...


Types of shelters

There are several distinct types of animal shelters.

Emma, at the Seattle Animal Shelter
Emma, at the Seattle Animal Shelter

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Animal control agency

Animal control agencies, also known as municipal shelters (or "dog pounds"), are usually nonprofit organizations that are contracted by cities to enforce animal-related ordinances, and to provide animal related services. In addition to housing animals many animal shelters also provide education services for pet owners/adopters, low-cost spaying and neutering surgeries, vaccinations, veterinary care, behavior training or resources, and "safe havens" for animals of abused spouses. An animal control officer (also, more informally: dog catcher or dog warden or ) is an employee of, or a contractor to, a municipality, charged with catching stray or loose dogs, cats, and sometimes other animals, and bringing them to a compound or animal shelter, where the animals are held for... Spaying and neutering are the respective processes of female and male animal sterilization, in order to keep them from producing offspring. ... Veterinary medicine is the application of medical diagnostic and therapeutic principles to companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife, and production animals. ...

No-kill shelter

Main article: No-kill shelter

Some shelters have taken on a "no-kill" policy, and will support the "healthy" and "adoptable" animals; for the remainder of its life, or until it is adopted. Due to limited funding, the number of animals that can be accepted by these organizations is often quite limited. Many are referred to local humane societies or rescues, if available. Some animals may not be accepted because of behavior or health concerns that make adoption unlikely, or may be euthanized if a sufficiently serious medical condition emerges. Many believe no-kills accept any and all types of pets, but many are refused due to lack of space or their unadoptability status. No-kill Shelters are a type of animal shelter with an anti-euthanasia policy for the animals they house. ...

Animal sanctuary

Animal sanctuaries will look after animals for the rest of their natural life, without necessarily attempting to find them any other home. Many of these establishments will take in animals that are not adoptable, such as Feral animals (unsocialized cats), abused pets requiring special/unique care, or animals with medical/behavioral concerns that make adoption of pet difficult and possibly unrealistic. Farm Sanctuarys shelter in upstate New York provides a home to hundreds of rescued goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other farm animals. ... A feral horse (an American mustang) in Wyoming A feral animal or plant is one that has escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to its wild state. ...

Rescue organization

Animal Rescue Organizations are not animal shelters, but share the same goal as animal shelters in placing homeless pets with adoptive families. Animal shelters are characterized as having a physical location dedicated to housing and caring for many different types of animals, whereas most rescue groups work with one specific breed or type of animal and have volunteers who keep the animals in their homes until adoption, also known as foster care. Rescue groups often obtain animals from local animal shelters, with the larger of these groups often transporting animals from locations that have a high number of homeless animals to locations where animals are more in demand. Rescue groups are often tied to national breed clubs for a given type of animal. A rescue group or rescue organization takes unwanted or abused pets and attempts to find new, caring homes for them. ... Foster care is a system by which a certified, stand-in parent(s) cares for minor children or young people who have been removed from their biological parents or other custodial adults by state authority. ... A breed club, in the hobby of dog fancy, is an organization dedicated to breeding and showing of one single breed of dog as opposed to a diverse mixture of dogs. ...

External links

  Results from FactBites:
HSUS Guidelines for Animal Shelter Policies (1688 words)
An animal shelter has two main jobs—to be a safe haven for all animals in need and to be the nucleus of a community's animal care and control program.
If your shelter is a private facility (or a private facility with a government contract to perform animal care and control functions), all members of the board of directors must have a basic understanding of animal care and control issues.
An animal should have the same record or tag number throughout his or her stay at the shelter, and each animal must be clearly identified with a temporary collar and tag.
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