Bethany Kludt: Animal Shelters 101

Bethany Kludt is a successful student who is currently enrolled in college and working towards her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. She leads the kind of lifestyle that beckons for a trusted four-legged friend. This is where Bo comes in – her adorable Chihuahua. She enjoys spending time with Bo whether it be in the form of a nice walk or a relaxing reprieve at home.

She is committed to not only her training and successful career in the professional healthcare industry, but also to her daily responsibilities that involve the balancing of work and school.

She believes in a variety of good causes, including that of animal welfare. In this post, we’ll take a quick look at animal shelters and how they may or may not differ depending on their ‘type’.

The most common types of animal shelters in the United States include:

  1. Traditional: These are generally known as ‘Humane Societies’ and most-often take animals from public areas. Animals at these shelters are put up for adoption and may be re-homed directly from the facility. These shelters are run by part-time and full-time paid staff and are mostly funded through donations, adoption fees, and grants. Humane societies are also increasingly offering free or low-cost spay and neutering services to the communities in which they are present.
  2. Control Facilities: Often known as ‘municipal control facilities’ or ‘pet repositories’, these shelters are run purely through the government and are completely funded by taxpayer dollars. They follow local, state, and federal laws and codes and are an extension of the enforcement arm that is ‘animal control’. Some pet repositories allow adoptions; however, many animals are first transferred to rescue organizations (many of which were founded specifically to take animals out of control facilities).

Bethany Kludt is an animal lover.