Host: how do shelters, rescues and other organizations differ?
Bridget Speiser: There is no distinct difference per se, all of the non-profit groups and or what you would term a rescue groups in your area that are dedicated to animal welfare are all sort of participating in the same crusade. Everybody is looking to how to provide care and support for animals in need in your particular community. That being said, there are specific rescue groups that are focused on specific breeds and that does hold true for cats.
So if you had decided that you had your heart set on a particular breed say a Siamese, you could look in your area for a Siamese rescue and again contact them you could begin your search for your animal there. But that being said again all shelters and all non-profits who are working in the animal welfare, you can find a pure breed cat, kind of any sort of stripe or spot in any of their shelters.
So it's not really a particular line, whether you should go with rescue or shelter, but certainly rescuing an animal is the best way to get a great companion.