Animal Shelter or Animal Rescue?

June 30, 2018

Animal Shelter or Animal Rescue

So you’ve decided to adopt your next canine friend. The question you’re now faced with is whether to pick one from an animal shelter or an animal rescue. What’s the difference?

Animal Shelter

A shelter is an organization that rescues homeless pets in the community. Shelters are often run and funded by local governments. Most shelters have a facility you can visit where rescued animals are housed in a kennel type environment. Shelters usually have an “open door” policy that means they do not turn away any animals. They take in all sorts of animals and are almost always full.

Although shelters pay their staff members through government funding and donations from the community, they also rely on the help of volunteers to care for, play and socialize with the animals.

Generally, adopting from an animal shelter takes less time and costs less compared with adopting from an animal shelter. However, keep in mind that given the shelter’s short turnaround time in keeping pets, the staff and volunteers may not know about every animal that comes in enough to tell whether one will be a good fit for you.

Animal Rescue

An animal rescue can be an individual or a non-profit organization that is dedicated to pet adoption. Generally funded by donations and staffed by volunteers, rescues typically have “limited admission” and rely on foster homes and boarding kennels to house animals until a suitable permanent home can be found.

Since rescues are often volunteer-run, adoption fees tend to be a little higher compared with animal shelters. On the upside, since animals spend a lot more time in the rescue living with their foster parents, there is usually a lot more available information about the animal you may be interested in. This also means that what you see and hear is what you will get when you adopt from an animal rescue.

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November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted

March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

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August 30, 2016 5:09 am

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Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Connie RN,

December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one