Before one goes the route of purchasing a pet from a store or breeder, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association is encouraging people to consider animal adoption in order to save the lives of countless animals, according to a report from the Laurinburg Exchange.
"[W]e are encouraging people to consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter. Many animal rescue
centers are overcrowded and in need of families for each pet. We want to educate everyone that they would be saving a life if they chose to adopt a pet," Calire Holley, executive director of the NCVMA, told the news source.
The Laurinburg animal center currently has about 55 dogs and 15 cats that are up for adoption and the animal rescue shelter
will team with PetSmart stores nearby to showcase the animals.
In the U.S., more than 77 million dogs already have homes, according to the Humane Society. However, many more enter animal rescue shelters and are often euthanized due to lack of space and adoptive families. For National Pet Week, families interested in welcoming a new pet should visit a local animal shelter.