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Save a life and adopt

By Katie Harris

Families decide to adopt pets for a variety of reasons, but the emotional benefits it provides for owners may be one of the best.

A sense of fulfillment comes from adopting a rescue dog. You can watch something that has had a rough and hard life blossom with love, appreciation, and a lot of respect for you.

You’ll save a life. Some animal shelters put animals down if they are not adopted in a given amount of time.

By adopting a rescue dog you won’t be supporting puppy mills. Most dogs in pet stores come from puppy mills.

Many people think dogs coming from a breeder or puppy mill are in better health. But this is incorrect. Many dogs in puppy mills are kept in terrible conditions. They are confined in small crates, piled on each other. They are fed unhealthy diets and given dirty water.

You can help the pet overpopulation crisis that leaves millions of animals without homes and proper care.

Strays struggle to survive under horrific circumstances. Left without food and water, no care from human beings, and no hope or love. These animals then go to animal shelters. If they are sick, weak, or show any signs of aggressive behavior in any way they will be euthanized.

Each year millions of dogs are abused, abandoned, tortured, or neglected.

The number of dogs euthanized in shelters has decreased from 12-20 million to 3-4 million. An estimated 2.7 million healthy pets are not adopted each year. Only about 30% of pets in homes come from shelters and rescuers.

There are 83.3 million dogs owned. About 47% of households have at least one dog. Only about 20% of those dogs were adopted from animal shelters.

A rescued dog knows he has been saved. He will be eager to become a part of your loving family.

Some information came from:

http://dogs.answers.com/adoption/5-reasons-to-adopt-a-rescue-dog

http://www.hhhstopeka.org/top_ten_reasons_to_adopt_from_hhhs0.aspx

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