Humane Society, local shelter, pound, rescue group?
Question by : Humane Society, local shelter, pound, rescue group?
Can someone explain the difference between all of these types of places. I hear people say “the dog at the pound” or people who go to the Humane Society to find adoptable pets. What are the differences in these types of places? I am interested in rescuing and would like to know about all these places. Thanks!
Answer by joanne
Generally in my area a dog pound will only keep the animal for three days and if not picked up by the owner the animals is euthanized. However, this year the new dog pound was built next door to the humane society-so those dogs and cats (and other animals) now have a better chance as those that are adoptable are now transfered over to the humane society and given a longer chance at finding a home. Rescue groups are usually not publically funded and do their own fund raising but take in animals until they are adopted. Many of these are no kill resucues-meaning the animal(s)stay where it is until it is adopted or foster families take in the animal until it finds a home.
Just an add on- if the animal picked up by the pound has a micro chip they will notify the owner that they have the animal. They do check all animals for micro chips. Another important reason to have your pet micro chipped. In my area not all shelters are “kill shelters”. Just the city run pound.
Just caught this on the news this morning!! The pound checked a microchip on a cat that was turned in and notified the owners….it was their cat that disappeared 11years ago!!
Obviously it found a good home somewhere as it was in great health….and yes the original owners took it back.
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