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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is urging animal lovers across the country to take part in Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month by helping to raise awareness for homeless animals.

Sadly, 20 to 30 percent of all dogs and cats are adopted from rescue groups and shelters, according to a press release issued by the ASPCA. 

Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center, shared, “There are 3 to 4 million dogs living in shelters nationwide who would make a fantastic addition to anybody’s family, all they need is a second chance. During Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, the ASPCA encourages everyone to visit their local shelter, adopt one of these amazing animals or help us spread the word to potential pet owners to make pet adoption their first option.”   

In a poll recently performed by Edge Research, which was commissioned by the ASPCA, 77 percent of adopters are more likely to feel that overall bringing the dog into their home has been a positive experience compared to pet store dog owners (63 percent). Further, the research shows that dogs from shelters tend to require less veterinary care than those purchased from pet stores. 

Cori Menkin, senior director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign reported that the ASPCA’s research confirms that adoption is the best option. She says that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, so by adopting from a shelter the goal is to make the puppy mill industry unsustainable.

For further information about Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, and find shelter dogs who are available for adoption, visit www.aspca.org/ASDM. To learn more about the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign and to sign the pledge, visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.

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