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Adopting a pet is a big decision. Dogs and cats require lots of time, money, and commitment—over 15 years' worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.

Things to Consider

The fact that you're thinking about adopting from an animal shelter means you're a responsible and caring person. But before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think over these questions:

         Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.

         Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.

         Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.

         Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.

         Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.

         Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.

         Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research. That way, you'll ensure you choose an animal who will fit into your lifestyle and your living arrangements.

         Do you know who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation? You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.

         Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.

         Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

*National Humane Society  


Town Lake Animal Center is the largest animal shelter in Central Texas, providing shelter to more than 23,000 animals each year and animal control services to all of Austin and Travis County. A division of the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, the shelter is an open-intake facility - no animal will be turned away.




Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
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*Note from Mem*
We got our cat Cooney here and we are delighted with him.  One of the nicest Animal Shelters I have visited.

Pet Of The Week
"Ruth Buzzie"


Ruth Buzzi is great.....she is about 3 yrs old, quiet and gets along with other dogs.....she needs a great home!



A to Z Rescue, Phoenix
AZ Animal & Wildlife League of the White Mountains, Show Low 
Rescue & Adoption, Huntsville
Saving Animals from Euthanasia
Scottish Terrier Rescue of North America, Decatur
The Ark, Inc., Toney
West Alabama Animal Rescue,


Alaska Humane Society, Anchorage 


Animals Benefit Club of Arizona  Phoenix
Arizona Animal Welfare League Phoenix
Arizona Animal & Wildlife League of the White Mts
, Show Low
Arizona Cat Assistance Team, Phoeniz
Arizona Feline Network     
Arizona Homeless Animals Rescue Team
A to Z Rescue, Phoenix
Citizens for North Phoenix Strays   
Citizens for Scottsdale Strays, Scottsdale 
FAIR: Foundation for Animals In Risk
Foothills Animal Rescue, Cave Creek
Friends of Alley Cats of Tucson 
Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary, Gilbert
Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter, Tucson    

Noahs Animal Rescue, Phoenix
R.E.S.C.U.E. Phoenix


Floppy Dog House Basset Rescue
For the Sake of the Animals, Mena
Humane Society of Clark County, Arkadelphia
Humane Society of Pulaski County, Little Rock



Alpha Canine Sanctuary, Bakersfield      

Angel Puss & Pooch Rescue, West Hills
Animal Abuse Prevention Agency, Huntington Beach
Animal Assistance League of Orange County, Midway City
Animal Rescue of Fresno, Fresno     
Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), Santa Barbara
Animals at Risk Care Sanctuary, Modesto
Asians for Humans, Animals and Nature
Beagles and Buddies, El Monte 
Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee (B.A.R.C.)

California Cont.

Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, Berkeley
Blue Bell Foundation Laguna Beach
California Feline Foundation, Fresno  
C.A.R.E. Campbell   
Catalina Island Cats  
Cats About Town Society, Orangevale
Cats In Need of Humane Care, Pomona 
Delta Humane Society Stockton
FAIRE, Santa Rosa
Feral Cat Coalition, San Diego     
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa  
Foundation for Care of Indigent Animals, Spring Vly
The Friends of Animals Foundation, West LA
Friends of the Fairmont Animal Shelter San Leandro
Greyhound Friends for Life
Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Cambria
Hayward Animal Shelter
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, Sacramento
Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Santa Fe
Homeless Cat Network, San Carlos
Humane Society of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

California Cont.

Humane Society of the Desert / Orphan Pet Oasis
Kitten Rescue Los Angeles
Lifeline for Pets, Pasadena/San Fernando Valley
California Cont.

Second Chance at Love Humane Society, Temperton

Shelter Dog Rescue Project at US Davis 
Town & Country Humane Society, Orland
Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, Pleasanton
Tony LaRussa Animal Rescue Foundation, Walnut Creek
Valley Humane Society, Pleasanton
Yolo County S.P.C.A., Davis
Milo Foundation, Willits
New Leash On Life Animal Rescue LA
Noah's Bark Pet Rescue Los Angeles
North Bay Canine Rescue & Placement Petaluma
North County Humane Society, Atascadero    
Not So Purrrfect Angels Cat Sanctuary/Retirement Home

California Cont.

Living Free, Mountain Center

Pet Pride, Los Angeles                   
Pet Rescue Of Unwanted Dogs, Kingsbury
Pets In Need, Redwood City
California Cont.

 PAL Rescue & Adoption, Gardena
People & Cats Together Los Angeles
Pet Adoption Fund, Canoga Park,
Pet Friends, Hollister
Pet Network, Saratoga
Pet Orphans Fund, Los Angeles
Pets Lifeline, Sonoma
Project Purr, Santa Cruz
Redlands Humane Society, Redlands
Riverside Humane Society
San Francisco S.P.C.A. , San Francisco
Seal Beach Animal Care Center, Seal Beach
Second Chance Animal Rescue, San Juan Bautista


Animal Orphanage, Denver
Animal Rescue & Adoption Society, Denver   

Cat Care Society, Lakewood     
Colorado Greyhound Adoptions
Doghouse Animal Sanctuary, Durango
Dreampower Animal Rescue Foundation Colorado Springs
Friends of Park County Animals
Lifeline Puppy Rescue, Henderson
Maxfund Animal Adoption Center, Denver


Animal Friends of Connecticut
Catales, Inc. Middletown
Connecticut Cat Rescue Web, New Haven  
Forgotten Felines   
Greater New Haven Cat Project New Haven 
I'm Homeward Bound, Colchester 
Meow Meow, Inc., Litchfield   
New Leash on Life Fairfield/New Haven


Delaware Humane Association, Wilmington

Paws For Life, Middletown

District of Columbia


Abandoned Pet Rescue, Fort Lauderdale
Adopt-A-Pet, Miami
Alliance for Animals
Animal Rescue Movement Jacksonville
Cat Network, Miami   

Englewood Animal Rescue Santuary, Englewood
Florida Dog Adoption Center 
Humane Society of North Pinellas / S.P.C.A. of Clearwater
Leesburg Humane Society Leesburg

Levy County Humane Society, Willison
Miami-Dade Police Department Animal Services Unit, Miami

Pensacola Humane Society
Pet Action League, Debary
Pet Rescue by Judy, Orlando
Pet Rescue, Miami
Pet Welfare Elgin AFB
Save Our Cats & Kittens (SOCKS)

South Lake Animal League , Clermont
St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice, Venice  
St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, Tampa Bay
Volunteer Service for Animals, Naples


Animal Welfare and Rescue Effort of Savannah
Athens Alliance of Allbreed Canine Rescue & Referral
Atlanta Rescue List

DogPak Rescue Rome
Ellabellzoo Savannah & Statesboro
Good Mews Animal Foundation, Marietta  

Homeless Animal Rescue and Placement Services, Inc
Lake Park Area Animal Rescue
C.S.R.A. Humane Society of Augusta, Augusta
Paulding Volunteer Animal Rescue, Powder Springs
Pet Orphans, Atlanta
Pets Are Worth Saving Effingham County
RescueCats, Inc., Fayetteville 
Society of Humane Friends


East Maui Animal Refuge, Haiku

Hawaii Cat Foundation



Just Strays Animal Foundation, Boise




ADOPT Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment, Naperville

Animal Adoption Associates, Chicago
Animal Care League (ACL) Oak Park
Animal Protective Association, Chicago   
Assisi Animal Foundation Crystal Lake
Association for the Protection of Animals, Granite City
Bark Bringing Aid to Rescue Animals, Skokie
Cat Guardians, Inc. Lombard
Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue, Bloomington
Community Animal Rescue Effort Evanston

Illinois Cont.

DeKalb County Humane Society, Genoa

Felines, Inc., Chicago  

The Furry Friends Foundation, Chicago
Harmony House for Cats, Chicago   

Help, St Charles
Humane Society of Rock Island County, Milan
Illinois Alaskan malmute Rescue Assoc
Kindness, Inc., Elgin
Lake Shore Animal Shelter, Chicago
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, Rockford
Pet Outreach, Peoria

Illinois Cont

Pet Rescue, Bloomingdale
Pets in Need, Ringwood
Project Hope Human Society, Metropolis
Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan
Recycling Animals In Need (R.A.I.N), Hinckley
Save-a-Pet, Inc., Grayslake
Second Chance Pet Adoption Organization
Strays Halfway House, Schaumberg
Tazewell Animal Protective Society, Pekin
Tree House Animal Foundation, Chicago  
(Waggin Tales) Animal Protective League, Springfield
West Suburban Humane Society, Downers Grove
Will County Humane Society, Shorewood


Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County
Cats Haven Indianapolis 
Fried's Cat Shelter, Michigan City   
Harmony Haven Animal Sanctuary Terre Haute
Independent Cat Society, Inc., Westville   

NOAH, Hammond
Pet Refuge, Inc , South Bend
Second Chance, Boone County


Animal Lifeline of Iowa, Carlisle
Noah's Ark Animal Foundation


The Cat Association of Topeka


Animal Refuge Center, Vine Grove
Ark Project, The
Boone's Farm Home at Last Animal Rescue
Home At Last Animal Sanctuary, Salvisa
The Shamrock Foundation, Louisville

Trixie Foundation, The , Grayson


Arklatex Dog/Cat Adopt and Friends
Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe

Lafayette Animal Aid
St. John Humane Society, LaPlace


Ark Animal Shelter, Cherryfield
Humane Society of Knox County, Thomason
Marlee Animan Rescue Shelter


Alley Cat Allies, Mount Rainier  

Animal Rescue, Baltimore
Cat & Kitten Rescue Of Baltimore

Defenders of Animal Rights, Phoenix
Heavens Gate Animal Rescue Baltimore
Lucky Ones
Montgomery County SPCA, Gaithersburg
Patuxent Animal Welfare Society (Calvert County
Potomac Stray Cat Rescue, Inc.



Alliance for Animals, Boston   
Animal Shelter, Inc, Sterling
Animal Umbrella, Inc., Lynn     
Bosler Humane Society, Templeton
Buddy Dog Humane Society, Sudbury
Ce-Ce & Friends Humane Society, Quincy
Champs Mini Shelter, Wareham
Commonwealth Cares Humane Society, Cohasette
Eleanor Sonsini Municipal Animal Shelter, Pittsfield
Greyhound Rescue of N.E. Inc

Kitty Angels, Tyngsboro  
Melrose Humane Society Melrose
Merrimack River Feline Rescue, Newburyport 
Milford Humane Society, Milford   

North Attleboro Animal Shelter
North Shore Feline Rescue
Northeast Animal Shelter, Salam
Pat Brody Shelter for Cats 

Paw Safe Animal Rescue, Medford   
PoundHounds, Wales
Purrfect Cat Shelter, Medway  
Strays in Need, Danvers
Yankee Golder Retriever Rescue, Hudson


ADOPT-A-PET - Western Michigan
Adopt-A-Pet, Inc, Fenton
All Paws Animal Rescue, Ann Arbor
Animals Deserve Adequate Protection Today & Tomorrow
Animal Placement Bureau in Lansing, MI
Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan
Betsy's Haven Rescue
Cat Connection, Berkeley
Companion Cat Adoption Agency, Grand Blanc 
GreyHeart Greyhound Rescue/Adoption of Michigan
Jethro's Place Animal Sanctuary, Memphis
Kalamazoo Animal Rescue, Kalamazoo
K-9 Stray Rescue League, Oxford
Mason County Humane Society,
Michigan Animal Adoption Network
Michigan Animal Rescue League, Inc., Pontiac
P.A.W.S., Sault Ste Marie
Volunteers For Animals in Utica, Michigan



Animal Ark, Twin Cities
Contented Critters, Makinen
Feline Rescue, Inc, St Paul
Gemini Rottweiler & K-9 Sanctuary, Madison

Last Hope, Inc
Mower County Humane Society
Pet Haven, Inc. of Minnesota




C.A.R.E. Castaway Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.), SW Missouri
Cat Network, Inc., St. Louis  
Feline Connection Chesterfield
H.E.L.P. Inc (Home for endangered and lost pets)
Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary
Open Door Animal Sanctuary, St Louis
Second Chance, Columbia


Humane Society of Gallatin Valley, Bozeman
Last Chance Cat Sanctuary, Billings


Companion Animal Rescue Effort Society, SE NE
Hearts United for Animals, Auburn
Merlins Refuge, Omaha

Midwest Animal Shelter



Betty Honn's Animal Adoption Ltd.
Media Partners for Pets
Pet Network, Incline Village
ShelterDog Rescue, Las Vegas
Unicorn Point Animal Sanctuary, Winnemucca

New Hampshire

Kitty Angels, Tyngsboro       
Lancaster Humane Society Lancaster
Notch Humane Society, Littleton

New Jersey

Amer Society for the Welfare of Cats, Bellmawr 
Animal Adoption Center, Lindenwood
Burlington County Animal Alliance, Mt Holly
Humane Society of Ocean City, Ocean City
Jersey Animal Coalition, Inc
Little Egg Harbor Animal Rescue Tuckerton
New Jersey Rescue, Transport and Foster
Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Oakland
Salem County Humane Society, Carneys Point


New Mexico

Albuquerque Cat Action Team (A.C.A.T.)
Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary, Santa Fe
People's Anti-Cruelty Assoc/Albuquerque Animal Rescue

New York

Elmsford Animal Shelter
Animal Haven, Flushing
Animal Lovers Albany
Bide-A-Wee Home Association New York City
Fulton County SPCA, Broadalbin
Furever Animals, Inc., Montgomery

Animal Lovers League Shelter
Greece Residence Assisting Stray Pets, Greece
Grateful Paw Cat Shelter, Huntington
Kings Highway Cat Rescue, Brooklyn  
League for Animal Protection, Inc.
Little Shelter, Huntington
New Yorkers for Companion Animals, NYC
SPCA of Upstate New York, Queensbury
North Shore Animal League, Port Washington
Pet Pride of New York, Honeoye Falls   
Pets Alive, Inc, Middletown
Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions
SPCA of Allegany County
SPCA of Cattaraugaus County, Olean
Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, Rochester
Tri-State Animal Rescue Services, Inc

Westside Animal Rescue, NY
Whiskers Animal Benevolent League Albany  

North Carolina

2nd Chance Pet Adoptions, Cary
Animal Compassion Network
Animal Inn, Wilmington
Animal Rescue and Foster Program, Greensboro
Burke County Friends for Animals
CATMAN2 Inc., Cashiers
Eutha-Not Animal Shelter, Inc Forest City
Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc., Staley

Haven, The, Raeford
Humane Society of Charlotte, Charlotte
Humane Society of Jackson County, Sylva
Humane Society of Randolph County
Independent Animal Rescue, Hillsborough
Let's Go home Now, Wake Forest

Project HALO (Helping Animals Live On), Charlotte
S.A.F.E. Haven for Cats, Raleigh 
Snowflake Animal Rescue Raleigh
Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue, Southport

North Dakota

Central Dakota Humane Society, Bismark


Angel Animal Rescue, Middletown
Angels for Animals,

Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue, Mayfield
Cat Welfare Association, Columbus 

Cats Are People Too, Warren
CARES, Rogers
Forgotten 4-Paws
Friends For Life Animal Haven
Geauga Humane Society, Chardon
Gread Dane Rescue of Ohio
Lawrence County Humane Society Abuse and Adoption Center
League for Animal Welfare, Batavia
Lend-A-Paw Feline Shelter, Toledo  
Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet, Toledo
OASIS (Oberlin Aid to Strays in distres) Dog Shelter
Oberlin Stray Rescue
Parma Animal Shelter
Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Middletown
Scratching Post, Cincinnati
Tri-County Animal Protective League, Akron
Wood County Humane Society, Bowling Green


Almost Home Animal Rescue, Shawnee
Animal Rescue Foundation, Tulsa
Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville, OK
Free To Live, Edmond
Hope of Texoma
Pets and People Humane Society, Yukon
Ponca Animal Welfare Society, Ponca City
Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Norman


Animal Aid. Portland
Animal Rescue Foundation of Oregon, Fossil
Cat Adoption Team, Sherwood
Columbia Humane Society, St Helens
Evergreen-Doe Humane Society, Mcminnville
Florence Area Humane Society, Florence

Safe Haven Humane Society
The Ark Animal Sanctuary of Tillamook


Animal Friends, Pittsburgh
Animal Protectors of Allegeheny Valley
Animal Rescue Inc, New Freedom
Animals in Distress, Catasauqua
Because You Care Shelter, Inc., McKean
Centre County PAWS, State College
Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, Dillsburg

Hillside SPCA
Hope for the Animals, Morrisville
Lifetime Of Love; No-Kill Shelter For Cats  
Lycoming Animal Protection Society Williamsport
P. A. L. S. Pet Adoption and Lifecare Society, Springfield
PAWS (Preservation of Animal Welfare & Safety)
Pet Connection Avonmore
Philly Rescue, Philadelphia

Rhode Island

Defenders of Animals, Providence
Volunteers for Animals

South Carolina

Animal Protection League of South Carolina

Concerned Citizens for Animals, Simpsonville\
Concerned Citizens for Animals, Spartanburg
Critter Connection, Spartanburg
Feline Refuge, Inc.
Hav-a-Heart 2000, Columbia
Hilton Head Humane Association, Hilton Head Island
Pet Helpers, Charleston
Project Pet, Columbia
PurrFect Kitty Rescue Shelter, Cowpens
Steve's Dog Shelter, Conway

South Dakota


Angle Wings Cat Rescue, Kingston
Northeast Tennessee Animal League, Blountville


Adopt-A-Cat, Houston 
Adopt-A-Pet, Victoria
Alley Cat Rescus, Manor
Animal Adoption Center, Garland
Animal Defense League of Texas San Antonio
Animal Guardians of America, Dallas
Animal Refuge Foundation - Sherman, TX 
Animal Trustees of Austin

Campus Cat Coalition, U of Texas, Austin 
Central Texas SPCA Williamson County, Leander
Church of the Ark, Van Alstyne

Coppell Humane Society Coppell

Texas Cont.

Feral Cat Connection, Houston 
Fund for Animals, Black Beauty Ranch, Murchison
German Shepherd Rescue of Houston
Humane Animal Rescue Team, Irvine
Humane Society of Austin and Travis County, Austin
Operation Kindness Carrollton, Carrollton
Puppy Love Rescue, Austin
Sanctuary for Unwanted Animals and C.A.R.E.

Save Pets Society
Southern Animal Rescue Association - Seguin
Special Pals Animal Shelter, Houston
StrayDog, Inc, Dallas

Texas CARES, Dallas   


No More Homeless Pets Coalition in Utah
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab
Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) Salt Lake 




Animal Rescue Families, Bremerton
Benton-Franklin Humane Society,

Cat Purebred Rescue, Seattle
Dog Patch Humane, Colville
Friends of the Animals Foundation (FAF)
Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals, Westport
Hooterville Pets SafeHaus, Woodinville
Humane Society of Snohomish County, Arlington
Northwest Organization for Animal Help NOAH, Stanwood
Pasado's Safe Haven, Sultan
Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Lynnwood
Purrfect Pals, Arlington
Save Our Critters Society
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Washouga

West Virginia



Adams County Humane Shelter, Friendship
Associated Society/Animal Protection, Monroe County
Chequamegon Animal League Ashland
Hope Safe House, Racine

Tri-County Animal Shelter & Adoption, Ltd., Green Lake


St. Francis Animal Shelter, Inc., Buffalo
The Lander Pet Connection, Lander
The Rock Springs Wyoming Humane Society


Meow-Aid No-Kill Cat Shelter Vancouver,BC 
Ottawa Cat Rescue, Ottawa 
London Humane Society, London

Animal Rescue Foundation, Calgary
Lethbridge District Humane Society, Lethbridge, AL
Animal Rescue Network, Quebec
Street Cat Rescue, Saskatoon 

The Animal Rescue Network of Montreal
Vancouver City Dog Pound, Vancouver
Happy Cat Haven, Gibsons BC 


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