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Dogs Wait for Good Homes, So Texans Urged to Adopt, not Shop

Brandy is a small to medium-sized chocolate bundle looking for a good home. Photo: Amarillo SPCA

Brandy is a small to medium-sized chocolate bundle looking for a good home. Photo: Amarillo SPCA

Millions Euthanized in U.S. Each Year

by John Michaelson/TNS

AMARILLO, Texas – Texas families are being encouraged to consider adopting a shelter or rescue dog instead of shopping at stores or online for a new furry member of the family. Susan Larsen, board secretary, Amarillo SPCA, said so many pets across the state are waiting for a new home.

“We are just overpopulated,” she said. “At least you’re saving a dog’s life; you’re giving a dog or a cat an opportunity. And we do spay and neuter every animal before it goes out, so you’re helping that overpopulation.”

While some people may have misconceptions about rescue dogs or shelter dogs, Larsen says the right fit can make one the perfect addition to a family.

“In my experience, the animals are so much more grateful and make such wonderful pets. They eat up the love, they’re much more attentive. They’re much more grateful for whatever you give them.”

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, around 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S. each year.

More information is available at www.amarillospca.net and from the national ASPCA at http://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics.aspx.

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