There are two major differences between shelters and rescue groups.
Shelters are usually run and funded by local government.
Rescue groups are funded mainly by donations and most of the staff are volunteers.
While some shelters put animals into foster homes, many are housed on site in kennels.
What does it mean when a dog is a rescue?
A rescue dog is a dog that has been placed in a new home after being abused, neglected, or abandoned by its previous owner. Many animal rescue organisations exist to rescue, protect, care and re-home dogs from unnecessary euthanasia.
How long will a shelter keep a dog?
While every animal shelter is different most follow the basic 72 hour guideline. This means that if a stray pet is brought to the shelter they must hold it for a minimum of 72 hours before euthanizing it (putting it to sleep).
Do shelters really kill dogs?
“Limited admission” shelters are often called “no-kill” shelters because they do not euthanize. These shelters cannot accept any and all animals as they would be forced to euthanize because of the sheer number of animals that require housing. Shelters across the country accept 6-8 million cats and dogs each year.
Is rescuing a dog the same as adoption?
This also means that what you see and hear is what you will get when you adopt from an animal rescue. The adoption process from a rescue is generally a lot more involved as compared to adopting from a shelter. Animals from rescues are often very healthy, spayed and neutered, and have a complete round of vaccinations.