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Adoption up, shelter animals down, report says

There is some great news to report for those who help animals in their free time. According to a recent study, fewer animals are being surrendered by their owners in shelters across the country.

The October PetPoint Report, a monthly whitepaper published by Pethealth Inc, reports that the number of dogs and cats entering shelters decreased by 5 percent in 2009 and 10 percent in 2010. The rate of animal adoptions also increased as well during both years.

"We are excited to see a marked increase in adoptions, and declines in owner surrenders and euthanasia. Animal welfare organizations have put additional resources and programs into place to ensure that animals are adopted into loving homes more quickly, and these numbers demonstrate that their efforts are proving successful," said Christa Chadwick, Director, North American Shelter Outreach.

The information was gathered from 890 animal welfare organizations across the country.

While this is great news, those looking to add a furry friend to their family are strongly urged to consider adoption in order to help animals from being put down. The American Humane Society states that three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year.
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