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Thoughts About Pet Adoption

© Heidi Bosch Romano

Barney was adopted from a shelter that had a 95% kill rate* which means that for every 100 animals brought in to the shelter, 95 healthy pets would be euthanized within two weeks if no one claimed or adopted them.

Barney was only two days away from being "put down" on the day he was adopted. He was the most adorable, smart and affection cat you'll ever meet. He was friendly to everyone, taught both of his "free to good home" dog playmates to be his friends, loved to go on hikes, and most of all loved to be held and petted. We had him to twelve wonderful years.

If you want to adopt a pet, think about choosing an adult animal, first. 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 the adults.

*Note: Thanks to the tireless efforts of local animal activists, that particular shelter changed hands and became a "no kill" facility.

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