What are animal shelters for? Overall the goal of a shelter is to benefit the welfare of animals. That takes many forms one of which is finding the animal another home, a carer. This saves lives. If you save a life by rehoming an animal but lose a life through the spread of disease you are all square in the life saving game. About 4 million cats alone are deliberately killed each year at shelters, the vast majority of which are perfectly adoptable. In fact, foster programs make real wonders and turn poor little kittens into talented and intelligent caring friends. Watch what a difference the foster program makes for five kittens who arrive at the shelter without their mother. Lives like these can only be saved with your support, so why not try to change the world by adopting a small kitten?