Dog shelters

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Dogs in a shelter have, by definition, been abandoned by someone. Someone who decided they didn't have the time to care for a dog, or decided the new apartment's location was more important than whether the landlord allowed pets. Sometimes human tragedy makes the dog a victim: The owner dies suddenly, or loses a job and simply can't afford to care for it.

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Also uncontrolled breeding and irresponsible pet owners have resulted in a serious pet overpopulation problem, and drastic measures are needed to curb the ever-increasing number of stray homeless dogs and cats. Shelters are necessary to deal with the repercussions of pet overpopulation. Sometimes a dog gets lost and is never reunited with its owner. And sometimes a mean person simply grows tired of abusing a dog and kicks it out of the house. For whatever reason, a dog in a shelter needs a home.

Animal shelters may be appropriate sources of pets for families with low budgets or the desire to save an unfortunate dog from euthanasia at a kill shelter or a long stay in a no-kill shelter. Shelter dogs, especially those turned in by their owners, may already be housetrained and have some manners. Many are more than a year old and full grown; new owners won't have to wonder how big he'll get or how much grooming she'll need.

It is estimated that about 25% of the animals in shelters nationwide are purebred. If you are interested in a specific breed, ask to have your contact information placed on our waiting list of people interested in purebred animals.

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