Mingo Junction, Ohio (PressExposure) October 23, 2009 -- Pet adoption usually refers to the process of taking guardianship of and responsibility for a pet that a previous owner has abandoned or otherwise abdicated responsibility for. Common sources for adoptable pets are - Animal shelters, in the case of dogs also known as dog pounds - Rescue groups - Pets which are found out of captivity without identification, and which remain unclaimed by any owner - Advertisements placed by individuals who are trying to find a new home for their pet - Pets that have been abused or neglected and have been confiscated from the offending owner - A fast growing source is online pet adoptionThese sites have databases of pets, maintained by thousands of animal shelters, and are searchable by the public.
Dogs adopted from shelters are often referred to as shelter dogs or pound puppies; dogs adopted from rescue organizations are often called rescue dogs (not to be confused with search and rescue dogs). Shelters have put together informational websites to help the public choose the right dog for their family.
Animal rescue programs are often wonderful and beneficial organizations that help find loving homes for misplaced, mistreated, stray and unwanted pets. Without local animal rescues, America would be facing many more issues relating to stray cats and dogs than they do today.
The general purpose in animal rescue organizations is primarily to work hard in order to save the lives of pets in need. Sometimes, pets that have been in the shelter for too long are eligible for euthanization, and these organizations desire to see no animal euthanized. Rescue shelters strive to keep these loving pets alive, as they look for new caring families to take a new pet into their home.