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Homey animal shelters make pets more adoptable

Some animal shelters are cold and sterile, with metal cages stacked in rooms with artificial lighting holding dogs and cats that are released only a few times per day. This is not the case at the Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet in southwest Toledo, Ohio.

This animal shelter provides warm lighting, soft cushions and couches in its cat room, and a large, grassy backyard were dogs can run freely, the Toledo Blade reports. There are no built-in kennels or pens, and the animals roam about the facility throughout the day.

Lori Friedes, the president of the organization, told the news source that the aim was to make the shelter more of a home environment for animals.

While it is an atmosphere that humans can feel good about, the cozy dwelling also has proven benefits for the animals. The shelter's animal behaviorist, Doug Ritter, told the news source that the dogs' ability to live in packs and the cats' freedom to live independently keeps the animals happy, solves many behavior problems, and creates easy-to-manage pets that are more adoptable for prospective owners. 
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