How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization

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How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization

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Anjellicle Cats Rescue (ACR) is an all-volunteer registered 501c3 cat rescue committed to helping make New York a no-kill city. As one of the most active cat rescues in the 5 boroughs, ACR is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out homeless and abandoned cats, with a focus on shelter and community animals. Many of these felines are sick, injured or dismissed as unadoptable. Through a coalition of volunteers and caregivers, each rescued cat is welcomed with kindness and medical care into a foster home to prepare it for adoption into a permanent, loving home. Anjellicle Cats Rescue believes that no animal should be ill-treated and strives toward a day when awareness, education and compassion have replaced euthanasia as a solution to companion animal overpopulation.

Our goal is to help make New York City a no kill city.


We always enjoy meeting new volunteers and people who share our mission — to compassionately rescue, care for and place New York City's homeless cats and kittens.

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Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue animal. Over 6 million unwanted animals are put to death each year in the US and Help Save Pets (HSP) is proud of our efforts in saving, healing and finding homes for the ones that we are able to rescue. You can prepare for your visit to us in advance by reviewing the information on this page. If you do not find the right pet on your first visit to HSP, check our website for the new pets added daily.

Our Pets

The majority of our animals come from kill shelters in rural areas with an overabundance of animals that need homes and have limited space to house them. Efforts to find their owners or new homes have been exhausted, and they are about to be put to death. Volunteers intervene to rescue and arrange transport of the adoptable dogs/cats to us. These animals come to us typically with no history on health, parentage or previous owners. We attempt to identify breeds and potential sizes of animals, but it’s a guess that we can’t guarantee.

Adoption Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age or older to adopt a cat, 23 years of age or older to adopt a dog.
  • Must provide a copy of your lease agreement or association by laws if you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse
  • Must provide documents/receipts that specify your cat or dog’s immunizations/required tests are current. Click here for a list of those requirements. If you don’t have the documents, we can call your veterinarian to get this information. If you know they are not current, bring the animals with you and can have them updated by the animal hospital that houses HSP.
  • All adults in the household must be present and co sign the adoption agreement.
  • All your currently owned dogs/cats must be spayed or neutered. This is a non-negotiable requirement.

Adoption Donations

Adoption donations for adult dogs range from $59 to $399 and puppies from $159 to $599.
Adoption donations for adult cats range from $29 to $99 and kittens from $59 to $399.

We are a private pet rescue and are not affiliated with any government or national organization, and as such our adoption donations are set to cover as much of the cost for the spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, tests and medical care of our animals that is realistic. We lose money on every animal we take in as our adoption donations are less than what caring for the animals actually costs us. We ask more for puppies, kittens and purebred adults to help cover the expenses of the older mixed breed animals for which we receive minimal donations and incur significant debt. However, even at our highest prices, puppies and kittens are still half the price of pet store animals AND our animals are already altered and up to date on vaccinations at the time of adoption.

  • Heartworm prevention must also be purchased at the time of adoption and prices vary depending on the size of the animal being adopted.
  • Puppies under 6 months old are required to sign up for a puppy obedience class. ($89 deposit required, refundable upon completion)

Each Adoption Includes:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Vaccines current to the date of adoption*:
    • Rabies
    • Bordatella (Dogs)
    • Canine Influenza (Dogs)
    • Canine combination vaccine for Distemper, Adenovirus type 1 & 2, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus (DHLPPC – Dogs)
    • Feline combination vaccine for Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Chlamydia (DRCC-Cats)

    * Boosters required for puppies and kittens (depending on age) POST adoption are the responsibility of the pet owner.

    Post Adoption Care

    If you choose to give one of our deserving homeless animals a second chance at a good life, a New Pet Health Assurance Program provided by our partner veterinary clinics is available. This will cover the cost of treating shelter related illnesses should one occur, for 60 days after your adoption date up to $500. If you do not purchase this coverage, you would assume total financial responsibility for any needed medical treatment immediately after you adopt.

    Application Process

    Once you have decided on an animal, you will be provided with an Adoption Questionnaire which requires name, address, phone numbers and asks some questions about your household, why you want a pet and how you plan to care for it. The Adoption Questionnaire needs to be approved by an authorized humane society volunteer. If an authorized volunteer is on site, that occurs quickly and if you’ve provided all required information on applicable lease agreements/association by laws and current immunizations/tests for any existing pets, you may be able to take your new friend home immediately. If an authorized volunteer is not on site, you’ll receive a phone call or email when the status is determined.

    What We Are
    Feline Network of the Central Coast is a San Luis Obispo based non-profit humane organization dedicated to the spaying and neutering, care, rescue and adoption of kittens and cats. We strive to communicate the importance of responsible pet care and ownership and to educate the public on the necessity of spaying and neutering. Our volunteers carry out our work in the City of San Luis Obispo and South San Luis Obispo County, with limited work in the Coastal Communities. We regret we do not currently have the resources to provide help in North County.

    Who We Are
    Feline Network members are all volunteers — we have no paid staff. We work with veterinarians who generously donate their time to provide medical services at discounted fees. We are a tax exempt non-profit humane organization, 501C3 tax ID# 03-0467307.

    Why We Are
    We rescue cats and kittens who are lost or who have been abandoned by their owners. They have no one else to care for them unless we intervene. Often, they are sickly or malnourished. They are placed in our foster home program, where their physical and medical needs are met in a secure and loving environment. We then adopt them into caring homes — no matter how long it takes.

    Feral Cat Program
    Feral cats are the offspring of unaltered house cats who are lost or who have been abandoned by their owners. Because their kittens are not handled by humans, they grow up to be wary and fearful of people. We advocate a Trap-Neuter-Return program (TNR). This greatly reduces the birth rate, and it allows the cats to live out their lives in healthy, managed colonies. This world-wide TNR program has proven to be a success wherever it has been instituted. For those dealing with feral cats, we offer advice, we loan out traps, and we provide hands-on trapping assistance when needed.

    Leave A Legacy of Love
    Consider including the Feline Network of the Central Coast in your estate plans or your life insurance policy. When you give to a charity, your estate is entitled to a charitable deduction for the full value of the gift. To make a bequest in your will, contact a financial planner, an attorney, or the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo.

    Your Donation Means Everything To Us
    How to adopt a cat through a rescue organizationFeline Network does not have a formal facility or shelter. All of the funds needed to maintain our network come from your donations. We average 50 kittens and cats in our foster home program at any given time. As you can imagine, they require lots of time, effort, and endless supplies. It is an ongoing challenge to provide even their basic needs of food, cat litter, and medical attention. Your tax deductible donations are always needed to help pay for food, medical supplies, and spay and neutering costs.

    How You Can Help
    We rely solely on donations and volunteer action from the Central Coast and San Luis Obispo community. Please contact the Feline Network to help — however you can.

    How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization

    There are lots of good reasons to adopt rather than buy a pet. Here are a few of them:

    • Buying a pet can easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Adoption costs range from $50 to $200, depending on whether the pet comes from the city shelter or a rescue group that has spent money on boarding, vets and grooming.
    • You’re getting more for your money if you get a mixed breed. Based on the well-established principle of “hybrid vigor,” a mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.
    • A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own. Most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal. The rescue group will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.
    • When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill-health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding. Click here for more information on puppy mills.
    • If you adopt, you get your choice of any age. Though puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, they can also be a handful. An adult or older pet may be a better fit for you. For example, adopting an adult dog who’s already house-trained and knows basic cues is often much easier than adopting a puppy, who must be taught these things.
    • You get just as much love (if not more). An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as a purchased pet, even if you get an adult or older animal.

    For all of these reasons, adopting rather than buying is pretty much a no-brainer. As Homer Simpson would say, “Doh! I’ll take the adoption … and a donut, please.”

    Whether your new cat is coming from a shelter, a home, an urban street, or a country barn, the first twenty-four hours in your home are special and critical. Before you bring a new cat into your life, it helps to understand a little bit about how cats relate to their world.

    You can avoid pitfalls with your new critter and help them adapt more easily by following these new kitten tips:

    Before You Bring Your Cat Home:

    • A cat’s territory is of paramount importance. They view their territory the way most of us view our clothes; without them, we feel naked and vulnerable. Place us naked in a room filled with strangers and most of us would try to hide! It is common for cats, regardless of whether they come from homes or streets, to hide in a new territory. Very sensitive or under-socialized cats often hide for a week or more! Do them a favor and provide a small area to call their own for the first few days or weeks. A bathroom or laundry room works well.
    • Fill a litter box with one or two inches of litter and place it in their room where they can use it undisturbed. After all, everyone deserves a modicum of privacy when pottying, and giving them that will help forestall litter box aversion. Not sure which litter to choose? Check out How to Choose A Cat Litter.
    • Set up a feeding station with food and water bowls. Locate it away from the litter box. For more cat feeding and nutrition tips, visit our Pet Nutrition section.
    • Cats love to get away from it all in small places, and you can provide one for your new cat as their own little safe haven. If they came home in a cat carrier, that might be a good choice. You can also make one by cutting a doorway for them in the end of a box. If you prefer, you can buy a covered cat bed at a pet supply store. In either case, make sure the space is big enough for the cat to stand up and turn around. Cat “feng shui” probably requires that he or she be able to see the door to the room from their hidey-hole, so they won’t be startled.
    • A cat’s claws need to be worn down, and they do this by scratching things. Since you prefer that it not be your chairs and sofa, provide your cat with a socially acceptable scratching place. Some types are made of corrugated cardboard and lie on the floor; others are posts that have to be tall enough so that the cat can extend himself upward to scratch. You can encourage your cat (once they have arrived) to use the post by sprinkling it with catnip or dangling a toy at the top. They’ll get the idea. You’ll probably want a scratching post in each room where there is soft furniture, perhaps blocking access to it. You can also install sticky tape (available at pet supply stores) to corners of upholstered furniture to dissuade scratching. Don’t miss these tips on how to cut down on kitty’s scratching, how to choose a scratching post and facts about declawing cats.
    • Look at your house with a curious cat’s eye view for its climbing and exploring potential. When your cat is acclimated to your home, you may be surprised to find them on top of the upper kitchen cabinets, so make sure there’s nothing on display there or on other high shelves that can be damaged or knocked off.
    • Look for holes or registers that leave ductwork accessible and cover them up. A kitten can easily slither into one of these. You won’t want firemen in the house, jackhammering the concrete floor to extract your cat.
    • If possible, buy a cat tree for your new family member. Cats like to survey their territory, so a high perch is often a favored resting place.
    • If there are other human family members, go over the ground rules about your new pet. Remind them not to startle them and to keep the door to their room shut.
    • Bone up on how to introduce your cat to other pets. Keep their door closed and don’t let your other pet race in unexpectedly. See also: New Cat Introductions and Living with Cats and Dogs.

    First Day:

    Now, you are ready for your cat’s homecoming. Preferably, bring them home in a cat carrier. It will feel safer for them. They have seen a lot of excitement, so take them directly to their new room. (Make sure the toilet lid is down if they are to acclimate in your bathroom.) Close the bathroom door before opening the carrier. Do not pull the cat out. Allow him or her to come out on their own and begin to explore their new home. Now, leave the room. Yes, leave…remember you are giving them time to acclimate. Go and prepare a small amount of premium quality cat food. Quietly place it next to the water bowl. Ideally, you would restrict their exposure to the whole family, but naturally, everyone is going to want to see them. Remind everyone of the ground rules you’ve set up.

    • Sit on the floor and let the cat come to you. Don’t force them. Just let them get acquainted on their own time. If the cat doesn’t approach, leave them alone and try again later. Some cats are particularly frightened, and they may retreat to their hidey-hole and not come out when you’re around at all. They may only come out at night when the house is quiet. Give them time.
    • Your newly adopted cat may not eat much or at all at first. It is common for re-homed cats to show no interest in eating, often for several days. If the cat is openly soliciting affection, eating, and not hiding, you can open the door and give them one more room. Do this slowly until you have introduced the cat to all the rooms in their new home. Be sure to change their water frequently and make sure that they are drinking.

    Following Weeks:

    It may take your cat a week or two to adjust. Be patient.

    • Within a week of being adopted, take your newly adopted cat for its first wellness visit with a veterinarian. If you have a record of immunizations from the shelter, take it with you. Don’t have a vet? Check out these tips for finding the right vet for you and your cat.
    • As your cat adjusts, they’ll show signs that they want to explore outside their safe haven. Make sure other pets or family members won’t startle them while they gradually expand their territory. They may be ready to play, so you can furnish some toys. Many cats like feather wands from the pet supply store, but homemade toys are often favored. A wad of tissue paper to bat around or a paper bag to hide in can be fun. For more ideas on how to keep your cat entertained see Keeping Your Cat from Getting Bored.

    Congratulations! If you follow these tips for new cat owners, you’ll be on your way to having a well-adjusted feline family member.

    Our application process is designed to match each of our cats with the most compatible family. We interview potential adopters and ask many questions about your home, family, current pets and day-to-day activities. Please be assured that we only ask these questions because we’ve found that they are the best way to ensure that our adoptions are successful.

    Falling in love with a pet is easy, however, adopting a pet is a big decision. Your new pet will require lots of time and money, and is a commitment for the next 10-20 years. Before adopting a cat, please think it over carefully, ask questions, and discuss it with all family members.

    How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization


    To be considered an eligible adopter, we ask that you do the following:

    • Complete an Adoption Application online for The Cat Connection to review. One of our adoption counselors will review your application and contact you for an interview. You must be at least 21 years of age to adopt a cat.
    • Provide verification of home ownership or landlord’s consent. We will accept a tax notice, water bill or mortgage bill as verification of ownership of your own home. If you rent, permission has to be granted in your lease, on your landlord’s letterhead, or by a call from The Cat Connection to your landlord.
    • If applicable, provide contact information for a veterinarian used for current and past pets.
    • Provide or buy a cat carrier for cat and kitten adoptions.
    • Sign an Adoption Contract and pay the adoption fee. We request $100 for each cat over 10 years old, $150 for each cat 5-10 years old, $200 for each cat 1-4 years old, and $225 for each kitten under a year old. These fees fund neutering, vaccinations (rabies and FVRCP), combo testing (feline leukemia and FIV), microchip, and flea treatment for your adopted cat, as well as rescue efforts, shelter and veterinary care. The Cat Connection may, at their discretion, offer discounts to retired and disabled adopters. Please consider that cats need regular medical care throughout their lives.


    Kittens are only adopted in pairs.

    We’ve found that kittens have a higher success rate when they have a companion, and they tend to burn off their youthful energy on each other rather than on your sofa!

    How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization

    Apply to Adopt

    All prospective adopters are carefully screened to ensure that they are ready to take on the responsibilities inherent in caring for a cat. We ask for an adoption fee for each cat adopted. This adoption fee, which is used to feed and care for other cats in our system, allows us to provide a vet exam, sterilization, and initial vaccinations to the adopted cat.

    Our Mission

    The Cat Connection is an almost all-volunteer (one employee) 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is: to rescue stray and abandoned cats and find loving homes for them through our foster and adoption programs, to help decrease the local homeless cat population through our Trap-Neuter-Return-Maintain program, and to provide resources to help people in our community retain and care for their cats.

    Recently, Katherine, a colleague of mine at Discovery Communications was researching French Bulldogs on the Internet. She came across a group calling itself a Frenchie rescue. But something about its website didn’t seem right.

    Katherine did some research and discovered a 2011 report by the Humane Society of the United States charging that the group was run by a Missouri breeder it called one of the state’s worst puppy millers. The report claimed the pets on the “rescue” site are in fact cast-offs from that breeding operation.

    “I was so angry,” Katherine told me. “I will do anything I can do to raise awareness.”

    Unfortunately, her story isn’t unique. “For-profit breeders have increasingly tried to take advantage of the public’s desire to adopt homeless pets by posing as rescue groups, even using the term ‘adopt’ when selling their, all too often, puppy-mill-raised pups” says Kim Saunders, Petfinder’s vice president of shelter outreach. “This makes it even more important that Petfinder remains a space for reputable shelters and rescue groups.”

    All the adoption groups that list their pets on Petfinder have been carefully screened by our shelter outreach staff. But if you’re looking beyond Petfinder for a pet to adopt, there are some red flags to keep an eye out for. No one of these points alone proves a rescue group isn’t legit. But if you find several of these warning signs, you might want to look for your adoptable pet elsewhere:

    After the jump: 5 questions to ask about an organization before you adopt

    1) Does the group list its pets on Petfinder?
    “Petfinder is the best vehicle for adoption,” Saunders says. Petfinder is the world’s largest database of adoptable pets, and breeders are not permitted to list purposely-bred pets. Plus, Petfinder is free for shelters and rescue groups to use. Almost all shelters and rescue groups across North America use Petfinder, so if a group doesn’t, it’s a good idea to ask why.

    2) Does the group list mainly purebred or “designer”-breed puppies?
    Puppies are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups, but usually less often than adult and senior dogs. (Right now there are 22,000 adoptable puppies listed on Petfinder compared to 155,000 young, adult and senior dogs.) Purebred puppies end up in shelters too, but less often. “Shelters and rescue groups usually have a mix of dogs of different ages,” Saunders says. So seeing a pet list with lots of purebred puppies and few or no adults or seniors may be a warning sign.

    3) What services are included within the adoption fee?
    Shelters and rescue groups will be able to tell you about the basic health and some history of the pet you want to adopt. Those following best practices will also only adopt out pets who are up-to-date on vaccinations, have been seen by a vet and are spayed or neutered before going to an adoptive home. “Adopters should be confident that their new family member is healthy and protected from disease,” Saunders says. “Responsible adoption organizations neuter pets as the best way to prevent further pet overpopulation.” While not all adoption groups are able to provide all of these services, it’s a good idea to ask whether the group you’re working with does. If not, it’s okay to ask why.

    4) Is the group answering your questions and are you comfortable?
    “Communication with the group is vital,” Saunders says. Even when an adoption group is legitimate, it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable with the group. If problems arise after you adopt, you want to feel sure you’ve adopted from a group that is responsive. Taking the time to ask questions about the group, its policies and the pet you’re interested in can give you a sense of whether it’s the right one for you. It can also help you sense whether it’s aboveboard or not. Here are a few questions you can ask to get the conversation going:

    • Where is the pet currently housed and can I visit him?
    • Can I meet the pet before I adopt him? (This is a must!)
    • What veterinary care has he had so far and what does he need?
    • What kind of household would be best for him?
    • Does he have any behavioral concerns that you’ve seen?
    • Why was he surrendered?

    5) Is the group asking you questions?
    Shelters and rescue groups want to find homes that are going to last the lifetime of
    the pet, so staff or volunteers are probably going to ask you questions. “Helping an adopter find the right pet for them is important to ensure a happy, lifelong match for both the pet and adopter,” Saunders says. Below, we’ve included just a few of the common questions you can expect to be asked. (Some groups ask more questions, some fewer.)

    • Why do you want a pet?
    • Who makes up your family and does everyone want a new pet?
    • What’s your lifestyle like?
    • Do you own or rent your home? If you rent, are pets allowed?
    • What kind of pet are you looking for?
    • How do you want a pet to fit into your life?
    • Are there other pets in your home?

    Finding the right organization to work with isn’t an exact science, so sometimes it’s best to trust your gut. Before a shelter or rescue group can list its pets on Petfinder, our shelter outreach team has an in-depth conversation with the group to learn about who they are and what they do. We also request a veterinarian reference and verify that the group’s operation exists to help find homes for pets, not to make a profit.

    While individual adopters can’t go this far, your personal reaction to the staff or volunteers can be the most important factor in deciding whether or not you trust the group. If you don’t, adopt elsewhere. With more than 13,500 shelters and rescue groups on Petfinder, you can find a reputable organization that you feel comfortable working with.

    Petfinder takes allegations of abusing our service seriously. If you believe a shelter or rescue group on Petfinder is engaging in fraud by claiming to be an adoption agency, please contact us here.

    How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization

    Have you ever seen a soulful pair of puppy dog eyes looking out from your Facebook feed? “This sweet girl needs a home,” the post, a share from a local rescue organization, may read. You begin to daydream about walks at the park, games of fetch, a dog curled up at your feet. So you go on to the rescue’s website and download and complete an adoption application — only to be rejected. What?

    Katie (first name only used at her request), a longtime dog parent in Indiana, wanted to adopt a dog after her family’s passed away. She went to a local rescue specializing in Labs and Golden Retrievers, the breeds her husband had while growing up.

    “The application itself was eight pages long,” she told NBC. “It asked some normal questions, like my background owning a pet. It also asked about any medical conditions we had, whether we were planning on having children, what our jobs were, and what our schedules were like. I thought those were a bit much, but I answered them.”

    Their application was rejected. Why? “The staff member told me it was because I was not ‘a stay-at-home puppy parent,’” Katie said. “If we wanted to adopt a dog from this organization, I had to quit my job. That seems rather impractical, especially if we’re going to be paying for dog food and vet bills.”

    Katie’s is not an isolated incident. Scroll through online reviews of many pet shelters, and stories like this show up. It’s a problem the ASPCA wants to address, the organization’s vice president of Research and Development Dr. Emily Weiss told NBC.

    “I’m a perfect example of why this is so important,” she said. “I was denied adoption.” Living in a rental home and working on her PhD at the time, Weiss wasn’t considered an appropriate dog parent. “I don’t suggest folks do this, but I ended up obtaining my pet by learning how to get around the application process,” she said. The downfall? When she could have used help, “the shelter was no longer a resource for me.”

    The ASPCA encourages shelters to remove black and white policies in favor of a conversation based application, Weiss said. Rather than rejecting applicants because they don’t have a fenced-in yard, for instance, they suggest shelters talk to the family. “That’s a myth we can bust. Chances are, that dog will get a lot more socialization because they’ll be going on walks.”

    “People who end up being fantastic adopters often don’t meet the arduous requirements of a shelter,” Weiss said. Reasons for rejection may include having lost a pet. But, “people don’t always lose pets in ways they expect,” Weiss said. “Things happen. When we say no to that person we’ve stopped a relationship from happening. If we send them home with a pet we have the door open.”

    “We know that folks are going to obtain their pets from someplace else,” Dr. Weiss went on. “If you don’t get a pet from an animal welfare organization, that dog or cat is probably a lot less likely to be vaccinated or spayed or neutered.”

    For prospective adopters, “the first tip I would give is to look for organizations — and there are plenty — that focus on conversation-based applications,” Weiss said. “Shelters that use our “Meet Your Match” program tend to be more open to that approach.”

    “There are millions of animals entering shelters each year and not all are going out alive,” said Weiss. “But more and more animals are finding homes because of people choosing to adopt. There are plenty of organizations that are more than happy to help you find the right match.”

    Or, sometimes fate intervenes. After Katie’s application was rejected, a former neighbor with a Golden Retriever gave them a puppy from an accidental litter. “Our dog is now seven, and doing great,” she said. “He’s loved, spoiled, walked, and we even managed to move closer to my work, so I come home and have lunch with him. We won’t be trying to adopt with that particular rescue organization again.”


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    Rescues Vs Shelters Differences

    Rescue Organizations vs. Shelters vs.
    Human Societies

    aka: SPCA’s
    There Are Big Differences

    How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization

    But before you contact the organization that is holding your next ‘love of your life’….its good to know there are many differences between each Rescue/Shelter organization within the Animal Welfare arena.

    NOTE: Many Rescues may call themselves “Shelters” and many “Shelters” use the name “Rescue” in their title.
    “High Kill” Shelters are Shelters forced to euthanize due to overcrowding. They are contracted [government employees] by the City, County, State.
    “Rescues” do not kill due to overcrowding.

    *If you’re not sure who you are dealing with

    ask them if they have to, by law, take in any Dog or Cat relinquished to them? If they answer ‘Yes’: They are a Shelter. If they answer ‘No’ they are a Rescue who have the right to decide what pets they will take ownership of.
    Good luck! Hope this helps: Read on…below:

    How to adopt a cat through a rescue organization

    #1. Animal Shelters vs. Rescue Organizations

    Your local city shelter, often also called Animal Services, Animal Control or even “the pound” —are contracted/funded by their City, County or State. Many are overwhelmed with the numbers of pets coming in, because they ‘take in’ everything that is dropped off to them. It also means, and they don’t tell you, if they are overcrowded, full up, that many will be euthanized. They likely have an “open door” policy & that means they do not turn away any animals and are forced to put animals to sleep to make room. While that fact is depressing, many modern shelter facilities themselves are bright, clean, and inviting, and the pets are ever optimistic that they’ll be one of the lucky ones — that they’ll be adopted by someone like you!

    Before you adopt from a city animal shelter, understand that most city shelter pets have an unknown history. Bring everyone in your household that will be part of this animal’s new ‘pack’ and spend plenty of time with the pet you want to adopt, outside of their kennel, like in an adoption office play yard, or even just a hallway or lobby.

    Many shelters have volunteers that help the adopting public, but most have little to no formal screening process — it is up to you to select a dog or cat that will be a good match for your home.

    Be prepared for learn as much about your Dog or Cat from whomever before bringing them home. That way you can know what to expect. Also bare in mind this little pet has gone through a lot of emotional stress and it will take a good 3 months before they feel truly safe and can open up and show you all their characteristics.

    Be prepared to possibly need the help of a trainer or adoption-experienced friend to help you through the normal adjustment of your new dog/cat into your lifestyle, especially if you have other pets or children.

    Make time to take your new dog or cat to your vet for a full checkup, and understand you may have to help them get through a common shelter cold, that they often contract, in the first few weeks.

    Shelters are generally government funded and contracted by the City, County, State. Hence by law they have to take in whatever pets are relinquished to them every day, hence the overflow and need to euthanize. Nationwide here in the USA these Shelters are euthanizing 5,500 – 11,000 Dogs & Cats EVERY day.

    Rescues on the other hand, are individuals that ‘startup’ their own Rescue business and are doing their best to rescue Dogs & Cats in their community, or particular breeds they focus on.

    They are generally non-profit, rely on friends to foster and volunteer and do not euthanize unless for medical or temperament problems. They raise and use their own money and the majority of them are ‘mum and pop’ operations using their own money to pay vet bills, feed and all other expenses until a worthy home can be found for their dogs and cats.