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Rescue Centers is dedicated to providing helpful resources for dogs, cats, horses and other animals who have been displaced, are missing, unwanted, in need of a home, temporary shelter or sanctuary. Our site includes links to pet rescue groups located throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Animal/Pet Rescue, Adoption Centers and Sanctuaries

United States

I love dogs

    © Heidi Bosch Romano

Thoughts About Pet Adoption

Our Siamese cat Barney was adopted from our local shelter, which had a 95 percent kill rate at that time*. That meant 95 out of every 100 animals brought in to the shelter would be euthanized within a week or two if no one adopted them.

We brought Barney home only two days away from being "put down," and Barney is the most adorable, smart and affection cat you'll ever meet. He's friendly to everyone, taught both of our "free to good home" dogs to be his friends and playmates, loves to go on hikes, and most of all loves to be held and petted. I can't imagine our life without him.

If you want a pet, think about adopting an adult pet first, especially one from a shelter. Although the intention of animal shelters is to help unwanted pets get placed in homes, due to over-population, most shelters end up being a waiting place for animals to get euthanized (death row through no fault of their own), especially adult animals.

*Note: Thanks to the tireless efforts of a few animal lovers, the local shelter in Eureka, Montana, was taken over by a new group and has now become a "no kill" shelter. They have great success through lots of advertising and attending as many local events as possible in order to get pets adopted, and to educate people about pet rescue and adoption.

Beware of Unethical Rescue Groups

Unfortunately, not all rescue groups are created the same. On rare occasions, a few unscrupulous groups take advantage of animal lovers. Before giving to a rescue center, please search the Consumer Rip Off Center listings.

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