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Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the Animal League's Rescue program:
Rather than spending thousands of dollars at the local pet store, rescuing an animal from a shelter is much more rewarding since you are saving a life and also much less expensive. You can usually adopt a pet from your local shelter or rescue group for a modest adoption fee which will include vaccinations and spaying or neutering. Most shelters and rescue groups offer support services such as training and medical care for the adopted animal. On the other hand, most pet stores buy their animals from cruel puppy mills. When you buy an animal from a pet store, you are increasing the demand for the cruel supply of mill produced animals. Every animal adopted from a shelter whether it is a no-kill shelter or not, will help save a life.
Sadly, there are homeless animals all over the country and the Animal League rescues them from death. Each year, the out of state humane relocation program saves the lives of over 7,000 puppies and dogs nationally by transporting them to the safety of the Animal League. This is the largest humane relocation program in the country. In addition, over11,000 more homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are saved through local and tri-state area rescue and adoption programs. The majority of the rescued animals come from overcrowded municipal animal shelters where they would not have had a chance for adoption.
A rescued animal can stay at the Animal League as long as it takes to find a loving home. Most of the animals are prepared for adoption within three or four days. They are groomed, medically examined, behaviorally evaluated, vaccinated and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. On average, most of the dogs and cats at the Animal League find loving homes within a week. This quick turn around time enables the Animal League to maximize the number of lives saved. There are special needs dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that may take months to find the right match.
If there is an animal shelter that has been affected by a disaster like Hurricane Katrina, the Animal League will utilize its’ the mobile rescue/adoption units. When unexpected disaster strikes, many shelters are inundated with additional animals coming in as a result of the disaster. The Animal League provides transport to safety for displaced animals, emergency triage care, as well as humane relocation of animals to the Animal League shelter in New York.