An animal shelter may be the first place that you think of when you hear the phrase "adopt a pet". Animal shelters provide a great service to the local community by not only providing temporary housing for stray or unwanted animals, but also by providing them with a new forever home! When a shelter receives an animal either through animal control picking it up or an owner surrendering it for various reasons, there are immediately processed. This includes being fed, watered, and housed, along with being provided with vaccinations and other medical treatments that are necessary. The animal is also spayed or neutered before it is allowed to leave the facility with a new family. Shelters receive a variety of animals, from dogs and cats to pocket pets (such as hamsters) and reptiles. So, no matter which type of animal you are interested in, it can be found at a shelter near you!
The adoption process and prices of adoption differ from facility to facility as each animal shelter is its own company with its own policies. Generally, when you visit a shelter to look into adoption, you will be able to roam around the facility and see all of the animals that they have available. Some facilities will allow you to walk directly through the kennels while others have windows into the kennels through which you can see all of the pets. Once you find an animal that you wish to meet, you will fill out some paperwork and you'll get some time to play and get to know the pet's personality. At the majority of shelters, you will be able to adopt that day if you should wish. Some facilities will allow you to place a 24-hour hold on the animal if you need some more time to make a decision without the pressure of adopting before someone else does. Other shelters will allow you to adopt an animal, but it will need to have a few medical procedures before you physically take them home, including a spay/neuter or vaccinations. At this point the animal is promised to you, but cannot leave the facility until it is in the medical state to do so. Each shelter is different and has different policies, so research is key before your visit.
Near the end of this article, we have posted a list of shelters in the state of Alabama. If you so wish, you can click on the image or name there to be taken directly to that shelter's personal website. There you can find out more about the shelter, its policies for adoption, and the animals that they have available for adoption.
Animal rescues are a little different than the animal shelters described above. They are also private facilities who provide adoption services, but they are typically run by volunteers. They also do not normally get their animals directly from the public; their pets typically are pulled from shelters in their area. These pets will be accepted into the rescue for various reasons including their breed and certain medical problems.
At the end of this article, we have listed some amazing rescues that reside within Alabama. In order to find out more information about each specific rescue and to see some of their adoptable pets, just click on the image or the name of the rescue.
Shelter or Rescue: Which is Best for You?
Animal shelters and rescues are a little different. One or the other may align better with what you and your family is searching for in a new pet. So, let's compare the two to help you make a decision about which type of facility will fit your needs.
Shelters and Rescues in Alabama
Here are some animal shelters in the state of Alabama. To get more information about the shelter itself and to see some of the pets that they have available for adoption, simply click on one of the images below. In order to see some of the rescues in our state, scroll to the end of the article.
Here are some of the wonderful rescues in the state of Alabama. To get more information about the rescue itself and to see some of the pets that they have available for adoption, simply click on one of the images below.