Where to Adopt

Where to Adopt a Dog

Joel Silverman Supports Nevada Humane Society

Joel has teamed up with the Nevada Humane Society to help local residents create stronger bonds with their pets that last a lifetime.

There are three places you would likely adopt an animal—the animal shelter, humane society, or rescue group—and the differences between them become clear in just a few minutes.

Animal Shelters

Animal shelters are facilities run by the city, county, or state. Your tax dollars help fund animal shelters, and their modest budgets mean they might not be as visually attractive as a humane society. Though they may not look as eye-catching, these facilities have hard-working and caring staff that number among the best. They do a tough job with limited resources and deserve our appreciation.

These facilities are sometimes crowded because of limited resources, so you might see as many as three or four dogs in a kennel. But remember that the dogs there are no different than ones you’ll see in a humane society. They are all the same, and every one of them is simply looking for a good, loving home.

Humane Societies

Joel SIlverman has a distinct training style

Joel holds demonstrations and clinics at local Humane Societies where the public is invited to see his patented techniques in action.

Because humane societies are funded by private donations and run by individuals, you’ll see a wide range in their appearances and conditions.

  • Some are very small and are built in strip malls, and others are very large and built on the outskirts of town on a good-sized piece of land.
  • Some humane societies are able to house only a few animals, and others are able to house a few hundred.
  • Some have a very small staff of volunteers, and others have both volunteers and many employees to help with the work.
  • Some have a veterinarian on staff, and others may have several.
  • Some humane societies have a few people that make all the decisions, and others have a whole board of directors.

Whatever the humane society’s size, the individuals behind these organizations are amazing people. Every day, they impact animals that are surrendered, abandoned, or picked up as strays and the individuals who adopt them. If you are looking to contribute money to charity for animals, you can’t go wrong with contacting your local humane society.

Rescue Groups

Rescue groups vary by breed and housing facilities. Some rescues operate like humane societies, keeping animals at a central location. Others place dogs in foster homes until they are adopted.

Some rescue groups focus on specific breeds, and others have a wider variety. For example, you might see Golden Retriever Rescue or “German Shepherd Rescue.” Since these folks often work with just one particular breed, they are often pretty knowledgeable and can reliably answer any breed-specific questions you might have while adopting. Rescue groups often house the dogs in volunteer’s homes, so many of these dogs have a head start adjusting to a home environment and being desensitized to people and other pets.