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animal shelter

[ an-uh-muhl shel-ter ]
/ ˈæn ə məl ˌʃɛl tər /
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noun

an establishment, maintained by local government or supported by charitable contributions, that provides a temporary home for dogs, cats, and other animals that are offered for adoption, and puts to sleep homeless animals that have been deemed unsuitable for adoption: The animal shelter is requesting donations of old towels, blankets, and other linens.

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Origin of animal shelter

First recorded in 1890–95
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