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Adopt a Shelter Animal and Save a Life

January 15, 2014

Many people seeking to bring a pet into their home mistakenly avoid animal shelters. They may believe that shelter animals have behavioral problems, are old or sick, or are defective in some way. The American Humane Association is working to educate the public about these misconceptions and to assist shelter animals in finding loving and appreciative new homes.

Each year, millions of dogs, cats, and other pets enter animal shelters, often due to divorce or illness in their first families, or because they have been left behind after a move. About one-quarter of shelter animals are purebred. Most of them, and the many mixed-breed animals available in shelters, make wonderful pets because they have already been socialized. Most are physically healthy and do not demonstrate antisocial behaviors. In addition, because the shelter staff conducts evaluations of animals entering their systems, you can understand ahead of time any problems your potential new pet may have and learn how to deal with them.

Among the many practical advantages of adopting a shelter animal, the associated fees are usually much lower than when purchasing from a pet shop. Many shelters perform pre-adoption spaying and neutering procedures on their animals, and nearly all make sure that animals are current on their vaccinations and health exams.

In addition to the love and companionship people will receive from their shelter pet, pet owners can know that they have contributed to making the world a better place. After their new family member comes home with them, there will be space available at the shelter for another animal in need of loving care on the way to finding a permanent home.

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From → Lois Pope

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