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Adopting a Puppy or Dog From an Animal Shelter

An animal shelter might be called different names in different parts of the country. But when we refer to animal shelters, we mean a facility that houses homeless pets and allows the public to come and look at and adopt these pets. These facilities are typically run by either city/county governments or non-profit humane organizations, and are staffed by a combination of volunteers and employees. Most animal shelters have space limitations, and because many, many more animals are taken in than are adopted out, they are forced to put down a large number of homeless pets. Literally millions of dogs and cats are put down in animal shelters in the U. S. each year, even though there are some no-kill shelters availabe in some areas of the country. These no-kill shelters never put down an animal because of space limitations (they might for medical or other reasons). Instead, most of them stop accepting new animals once they run out of space. The animals that are turned away by these no-kill shelters than have no place to go but to a traditional shelter. So, as you can see here, one type of shelter is not necessarity better than the other. They both exist to serve a great need in society, and both need our support. Something else to keep in mind is that shelters need volunteers and staff members, and most of these are compassionate animal-lovers, many of whom have a hard time working in traditional shelters where they need to witness the euthanization of animals. So the no-kill shelters allow a greater number of people to become involved who otherwise would not.

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