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Rescuers, and Humane Society & Animal Shelter Volunteers: The Unsung Heroes of Dog Rescue and Cat Rescue!By Adopt-a-Pet.com's Pia SalkThank goodness for the humane society, SPCA, rescue organizations and hardworking, dedicated animal shelter volunteers! Without them, millions of pet dogs, cats, and even rabbits and horses would not find homes each year. Dog rescuers and cat rescuers scan animal shelters looking for puppies and kittens of all ages whose time at the animal shelter has almost run out due to overcrowding, and then they give these great pets a second chance before they are killed. Rescue groups rely on volunteers and donations to keep their efforts going. Many rescues use a network of foster families, who keep pets for adoption in their own homes while they assess the pets' personalities, and often provide any necessary training. Rescues are very careful to make sure their adoptable dogs and cats go to the right homes. Each organization has its own application and screening process for potential adopters. In addition to protecting the pets, this process is designed to make sure you end up with the right pet for your family. Since pet rescues really get to know their dogs and cats for adoption, they are able to match you up with the perfect companion for you and your lifestyle. Volunteers also often follow up with you after the adoption to make sure everything's going well. They can help you get through any rough spots by offering training tips and other advice. Adopting from a pet rescue group has another benefit: if, for some reason, things don't work out with your new friend, most rescues will take the pet back, saving you a lot of heartache and headache.Rescue groups come in all shapes and sizes. Like a humane society or SPCA, some rescue groups have a physical animal shelter facility, where adoptable dogs and cats are kept until they are get homes. Other pet rescue organizations use a network of dedicated foster families, volunteers who care for the dogs and cats in their own homes. Some rescue groups only take dogs and cats from public animal shelters; others take in strays and accept pets relinquished by their owners. There are even groups that specialize in senior or disabled dogs and cats. Some specialize in small dogs, some rescue only giant breeds. There are many breed rescue groups devoted to a particular breed of dog or cat, too! At the heart of the rescue world, however, are the all-breed pet rescues. These are rescues that take in all kinds of pets of various breeds and ages, and concentrate on saving as many lives as possible.All rescue groups have a few things in common. They are made up of extremely caring, passionate volunteers who work tirelessly to save pets' lives. Unfortunately, they often spend time days cleaning up the messes of irresponsible dog and cat owners, and trying to prevent new messes by educating the public about the responsibility of dog and cat ownership and the importance of spay and neuter. Even purebred dogs and cats end up in animal shelters because they were purchased at a pet store or from a dog breeder, and then the owner could no longer care for them. Perhaps an owner moved or died, or the pet grew too large. There are many reasons a pet ends up in need of a home, and most often, it has nothing to do with a problem with the pet at all. All rescue groups, SPCAs and humane societies deserve our most sincere gratitude for making this world a better place for dogs and cats!Pet Adoption is the loving option!So, you want to adopt a pet, huh? Great idea! Here are a few reasons why pet adoption is the loving option:Saving Lives. Whether you adopt a pet from a local animal shelter or a rescue organization, humane society or SPCA, you're saving a life. In fact, if you adopt from an animal shelter, you're making room for another dog or cat to be rescued by allowing other dogs or cats at the shelter to be kept for a longer period of time, giving them a better shot at being adopted. If you adopt from a humane society, an SPCA or a rescue organization, you're allowing that organization to rescue another dog or cat for adoption at a public shelter, which, of course, saves the life of that little guy/gal plus the lives of others at that shelter by creating space so new pets can be kept longer. As you can see, adoption is truly a continuous cycle of saving lives and it's the right thing to do!When you adopt a pet from a humane society or rescue group, you know what you're getting (especially if you adopt an adult). There are a lot of things to consider when you're deciding what kind of personality your new family member should have. A mature pet's personality is already developed, and you'll be able to spot the characteristics you're looking for much more easily than with a puppy or kitten. Pet rescue organizations, as well as many animal shelter SPCAs and humane societies provide animal adoption counseling, and are able to assess the personality of each dog or cat for adoption and carefully match you up with the right one for your lifestyle. With a puppy or kitten, there is a lot more guesswork involved. Sure, you can train your puppy or kitten on certain behaviors, but other traits (like activity level) seem to be inherent in each individual. Just as you can know more when you meet a grown child who you can talk to than when you meet an infant, you know more about a grown pet you meet than about a puppy or kitten. Each pet has his/her own personality and you never really know how they will act with you, with children, and with other pets until they are a bit grown up. If you want a dog or cat who will instantly fit in with your family, then adopt a young adult, adult or even senior dog or cat from a humane society or SPCA, or from a rescue organization or animal shelter!Pet adoption means an instant friend for life. Ask anybody who has adopted a pet, and they'll swear their bond with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and your home to a pet who needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their life! Dogs or cats who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers, whom they regard as heroes. Pups and kitties who find themselves in the shelter or at a rescue because of an owner's death or other tragedy in their former human family usually go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however, they want nothing more than to please their new hero--YOU! No matter what circumstances brought them to the rescue, most cats and dogs for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive, and make extremely loyal companions.Training and Socialization. Many rescue organizations use foster homes, where puppies and kittens for adoption are socialized with children and other dogs and cats, and given basic obedience training before they go to their new homes. Many dogs and cats in animal shelters and humane societies are already housebroken, trained and ready to go! As an added bonus, many organizations offer post-adoption workshops and training classes. When you adopt from these animal shelters, you'll have their continued support to help you through any rough spots you face during your dog or and cat's transition.A smarter option than buying a puppy or kitten from a disreputable dog breeder or pet store: There are pet stores that get their puppies and kittens from one of two sources: 1) a disreputable cat or dog breeder, or 2) a puppy mill. Some purebred dogs and cats are the product of irresponsible disreputable kitten and puppy breeders, who are not in it for the love of the breed, but rather to make money at the expense of the health of the animals. These are people who make some easy cash by breeding their purebred dogs and cats without care for the genetic heath of the pet, or whether the person buying the pet from them can really provide a safe and loving home. Remember if you buy a dog or buy a cat in this way, the pet may not have been bred for favorable health and temperament qualities, and many of these puppies and kittens are weaned from their mothers way too soon.What are puppy mills? A puppy mill is a purebred puppy factory farm where the puppies are just churned out as fast as they can and then sold to pet stores. The dogs are kept in small cages and forced to breed at unhealthy rates. Female dogs in puppy mills are made to have several litters per year, which is dangerous and cruel. Each purebred puppy mill produces several different breeds for pet stores, and pays little attention to the specific health and genetic diseases due to inbreeding. Genetic health testing is almost unheard of and mass-producing pets for profit is the bottom line. In the worst puppy mills, pets are kept in dirty conditions and given little or no socialization. If you are about to buy a dog or buy a cat, please consider that adoption is the most humane option! You can start your search to adopt a pet online, find a shelter pet with Adopt-a-Pet.com, and then go and adopt the pet. Thanks for saving a life! 
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