Rescue Organization vs. Animal Shelter


Rescue Organizations vs. Animal Shelters – Is there a difference?

While people use the terms “rescue” and “shelter” interchangeably, there are many differences when it comes to the terms. Both “rescue” and “shelter” are used for any organization that provides temporary housing and a safe place for cats, dogs, and other animals to care for while they find their new home. There are both pros and cons of adopting from either place in this article.

Animal Shelters

Shelters are typically funded at the town, city, or state level. People may refer to them as animal control or the pound. Workers at the shelter may be paid. If not, there will be volunteers who provide their time in caring for these animals. Depending on the location, they may, unfortunately, euthanize these animals if the population at the shelter goes beyond the normal capacity. The adopter will initially need medical treatment and care for the animals, which can pose a great challenge without knowing the animal’s health and medical history.

Rescue Organizations

Most rescue organizations in the United States are non-profit 501(c)(3) and run by private individuals or by a small group. Rescue organizations don’t typically have paid positions and are funded solely by the person or the organization’s money or any public donations. Most rescues do not have over-populated facilities and can care for each animal personally. Like FuRRR, this also means all health and any medically related problems are addressed and treated before they go home to their new loving home. You’ll also find more knowledgeable volunteers at shelters who take the time to get to know each animal and recommend specific types to any potential adopter. Rescue organizations are also very strict about who the animals go home to, so the process may take longer than if you were to stop by an animal shelter. In that sense, many rescue organizations also do not have a public location but only by appointment after the adopter(s) is approved for adoption.

While the adoption cost may seem higher than going to an animal shelter, the expense of running these shelters primarily goes to medical care. In that sense, most of the money that gets paid by the adopter goes to the next cat or cats that may need medical care, which includes emergency surgeries that aren’t uncommon. As mentioned earlier, unlike shelters that may process the animals and wait for their home, rescue organizations like us ensure they are 100% clear to go home and are pampered by all the volunteers before they go to their “FuRRRever home”.

You also have the advantage of being able to consult rescue organizations during and after the adoption. Our adopters often keep in touch with new photos and anything they want to ensure we love!

So talk to us and ask questions! We don’t just exist to adopt our cats but to connect with new families and find their PuRRRfect home for all cats.

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