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Animal Shelters are places you can take animals you have found or can no longer take care of. They adopt them out to families who want to welcome a new pet to the family. Approximately 7.6 million animals are taken to shelters each year, 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Approximately 2.7 million cats and dogs are killed each year because shelters are too full and there are not enough adoptive homes.

The average cost of adopting an animal from a shelter ranges from free to $250. While $250 may seem expensive, the cost of buying a dog at a pet store can range from $500-$3000 and most of those dogs are not as healthy as a mongrel, or mixed breed dog.

A lot of shelters are in high demand for funding but do not get the support required for keeping them open. However, the need for shelters is greater now than ever, with the amount of dogs being brought back to shelters after owners realize that they are more work than anticipated. They can no longer take care of them in a proper way or they are not compatible and their pets are taken away from them.

We need to support our local shelters more and encourage people to adopt from there instead of spending unnecessary amounts of money.

 

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