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TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Go to a shelter near you to see if there is an animal with which you "connect." If not, visit another shelter or return another day.
- Speak with an adoption counselor at the shelter about whether your choice of a particular type or breed will be best for you.
- Only select a pet if you have a realistic understanding of the time, effort, and money required to provide a healthy, loving environment for your pet.
- Enjoy your newfound friend.
- There are 4,000 to 6,000 animal shelters.
- Nearly 8 million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters each year.
- Approximately 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year because there are not enough homes.
- 1 out of 4 dogs in shelters are purebreds. Adoption fees are usually much less than the cost of purchasing a dog from a pet store or breeder.
- Only 16% of owned dogs and 15% of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter.
- Many shelters vaccinate, de-worm, and spay or neuter for free.