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PetSmart donates money to help new shelters

Millions of animals across the country call shelters their home. Donations that go to start-up shelters can give more animals a place to reside as they wait to be adopted.

This week, PetSmart presented a $240,000 grant to Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit animal rescue group. The gracious donation was given at the No More Homeless Pets conference in Las Vegas, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The money will not only be used to help new shelters, but to reduce the euthanasia rate of pit bulls, a misunderstood breed of dog.

"Pit bull-type dogs can be well adjusted, happily balanced, and affectionate members of the family," Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls manager Jamie Healy told the newspaper. "It's the person on the other end of the leash who decides how their dog interacts with others and who sometimes put these dogs at the wrong side of the law."

Between 5 and 7 million animals are brought into shelters across the country each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Overcrowding may result in euthanasia for animals who fail to find an owner. Families looking for a pet are encouraged to visit a shelter and consider adopting.
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