The Ultimate Animal Shelters Quiz

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About This Quiz

Most of us picture animal shelters as dirty, crowded places where miserable and sick animals are housed. Animal activists have worked very hard to change the face of animal shelters, doing a good job to protect animals and find them new homes. If you're an animal lover, you'll want to take our quiz and learn all about the great work being done by animal shelters all over the United States.

What percentage of animals in shelters find a new home?

Only about 50 percent of the animals that enter a shelter will ever return to their original owner or find a new home. The rest will have to be euthanized.

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How many animal shelters are in operation in the United States?

Approximately 5,000 non-profit animal shelters operate in the United States. Some are run by government animal control services and others are independently run.

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Which nonprofit organization provides funding and guidelines to help animal shelters operate effectively?

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), among others, are devoted to animal welfare and provide funding and guidelines to help animal shelters operate effectively.

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Who are the main inhabitants of animal shelters?

Most animal shelters will take any type of domesticated animal, including birds, rabbits and horses, but by far the main inhabitants are dogs and cats.

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How many dogs and cats are taken to shelters across the United States each year?

According to the Humane Society, between 6 million and 8 million dogs and cats are taken to shelters across the United States each year. Some are brought in by owners and some by animal control officers.

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What were animal shelters called in the past?

In the past, homeless dogs were called "strays," animal control officers were "dog catchers" and homeless dogs were taken to the "dog pound." The gentler language reflects our society's changing attitudes toward animal welfare.

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The Humane Society recommends that shelters hold strays for at least _____days.

The Humane Society recommends that shelters hold homeless animals for at least five days. The actual number of days will vary based on available space in the particular shelter, as well as the health and adoptability of the animal.

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Which 12-year-old girl started Augies Doggies Rescue?

Augusta DeLisi rescued her first dogs when she was just 12 years old, starting Augies Doggies Rescue not long after. Her goal is to save as many dogs as possible.

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Where do animal rescue organizations care for rescued animals?

Animal rescue organizations often don't have the facilities in which to house animals they have rescued and volunteers will care for the animals in their own homes until they can be adopted.

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Large areas of land that house and care for a variety of animals are called animal:

Animal sanctuaries are large areas of land that house and care for a variety of homeless animals, often for the rest of their lives.

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What are some of the activities involved in caring for pets?

Animal shelter workers and pet owners must perform a variety of tasks to care for their pets including giving the animals food and water, cleaning their cages, walking them and petting them.

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What is the best way to prevent unwanted animals from being born?

Shelters usually automatically spay or neuter all animals to prevent more unwanted animals from being born and ending up in shelters. Walking your dog on a leash or keeping him in a fenced area is not enough.

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Many animal shelters are mostly staffed by:

Due to budget restrictions, volunteers are an essential part of animal shelter operations.

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The most luxurious animal shelter in the United States is located in:

At Maddie’s Pet Adoption Center, a $7 million facility in San Francisco, dogs and cats have their own apartments and live in the lap of luxury.

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How much does it cost to adopt a pet from an animal shelter?

It costs only about $40 to $100 to adopt a pet from an animal shelter, which covers the shelter’s costs of spaying or neutering the animal, vaccinations, medicine and food.

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What percentage of animals in shelters are purebreds?

Though most people harbor the misconception that dog in shelters are always mutts, about 25 percent of the animals found in shelters are actually purebreds.

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What's the best way to ensure that you don't lose your pet accidentally?

Always be sure your pet wears a collar with an identification tag that includes your name, address, phone number and your pet’s name. This will help a shelter contact you should your pet end up there.

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What is the first step when adopting a dog from an animal shelter?

Animal shelters want to make sure that you are aware of the difficulties and responsibilities of adopting a pet before they give one to you, so they require you to fill out an extensive application as part of a comprehensive screening process.

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What is the modern way to make sure your pet is identifiable to animal authorities?

A tiny microchip that can be implanted under your pet's skin that contains a unique identification number that can help animal authorities contact you if they find your pet.

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Which of the following post-adoption services are offered by some animal shelters?

Some animal shelters offer post-adoption services, such as “pet parenting” and dog-training classes, to help you do a good job of caring for your new pet.

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