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RescueCenters.com is dedicated to Topper, my first dog rescued from an animal shelter. The shelter tried to talk me out of adopting her because she was so old. Although she only lived two years, I'd never trade that experience for anything. She was a loving, fun and very special member of our family. All our pets are adoptees who are living in their "forever" home.

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Our cat Barney was adopted from our local shelter, which had a 95 percent kill rate at that time*. That meant 95 out of every 100 animals brought in to the shelter would be euthanized within a week or two if no one adopted them.

We brought Barney home only two days away from being "put down," and Barney is the most adorable, smart and affection cat you'll ever meet. He's friendly to everyone, taught both of our "free to good home" dogs to be his friends and playmates, loves to go on hikes, and most of all loves to be held and petted. I can't imagine our life without him.

If you want a pet, think about adopting an adult pet first, especially one from a shelter. Although the intention of animal shelters is to help unwanted pets get placed in homes, due to over-population, most shelters end up being a waiting place for animals to get euthanized (death row through no fault of their own), especially adult animals.

*Note: Thanks to the tireless efforts of a few animal lovers, the local shelter in Eureka, Montana, changed hands and is now a "no kill" shelter. They have great success through lots of advertising and attending as many local events as possible in order to get pets adopted, and to educate people about pet rescue and adoption.

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