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New poll shows shelter dogs make great pets

A newly released poll commissioned by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) reveals that individuals who adopt a dog from a shelter are much more likely to be happy with their experience than consumers who purchase a dog from a pet store.

In the survey, shelter dog adopters were twice as likely as pet store consumers to recommend the place where they got their new dog to a friend (71 percent of adopters and 35 percent of pet store purchasers). In part, this may be because adopters reported that dogs from shelters tended to require less veterinary care than those purchased from pet stores. 

October is officially recognized as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is urging animal lovers to help raise awareness for homeless animals.

"There are 3 to 4 million dogs living in shelters nationwide who would make a fantastic addition to anybody's family, all they need is a second chance," said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center. "During Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, the ASPCA encourages everyone to visit their local shelter, adopt one of these amazing animals or help us spread the word to potential pet owners to make pet adoption their first option."  

Volunteer To Share Adoptable Dogs' Stories

Australian rescue group The Lost Dogs Home adapted a hit song into "Adopt Me, Maybe" on YouTube. The result? Everyone shown here was adopted! ASPCA suggests that participants in Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month post, tweet, or share pictures of adoptable dogs with their friends or volunteer to make some YouTube videos for their local rescue group.

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