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If you're looking for a new pet, it can be tempting to go straight to a breeder or to be enticed by kittens being sold at pet stores. But if you really want to save an animal's life, you might consider adopting a pet from your local animal shelter.

Animals end up at shelters for all kinds of reasons — they may have been stray, or they may have been unwanted by previous owners. One thing is for certain: animals who end up in shelters are the most at-risk for euthanization due to overcrowding or inability to be adopted.

That's why adopting from a shelter can save more than just your pet's life. It clears room for other stray or unwanted animals to come and have the chance to be adopted.

Write to President Obama asking him to endorse a National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, so that we can raise awareness about the importance of saving the lives of our shelter animals!

Dear President Obama,

I want to add my voice to the more than 300,000 people who have already joined the TAILS Pet Media Group's Letters for Pets campaign requesting a National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

With almost ten million animals euthanized each year in the United States, it's perplexing that many people still turn to commercial breeders and pet stores to purchase their pets. Shelter animals are at the highest risk of being euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. There is simply no way our shelters can sustain the number of animals who need homes.

This is why it's so vital that we emphasize the importance of adopting from a shelter. Shelter adoptions not only give a safe home to the pet being adopted, but also clear space for other needy animals who need a place to live.

I am writing to ask that you implement a National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day so we can educate the public on the significance of adopting from a shelter. It's time to stand up for our pets!

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures

Jan 28, 2013 Kathryn Huss As a HOPE foster for six kitties, and a colony manager for five others, I am learning the magnitude of the homeless animal problem. Please help us care for these wonderful, smart, loving friends. Give them a brighter future, by educating the Public.
Jan 11, 2013 Aislinn Feyre-cild
Jan 10, 2013 Mary Price
Jan 10, 2013 Pamela Zahorik
Jan 10, 2013 JULIE GORDON
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Jan 10, 2013 Janys walsh please endorse a National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. thank-you
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Jan 10, 2013 Irene Gianna
Jan 9, 2013 Raquel Tamer
Jan 9, 2013 Dolores Machart
Jan 9, 2013 Amanda Hunt
Jan 9, 2013 Paige Boyke
Jan 9, 2013 Sarah Blackburn
Jan 9, 2013 Willemien van der Does
Jan 9, 2013 Kristy Limon
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Jan 9, 2013 Elizabeth Robles
Jan 8, 2013 (Name not displayed) Please come to the aid of so many millions of animals that are killed each year because they have little or no chance of being adopted. This tells a tale of what sort of society we truly are.
Jan 8, 2013 Debra Kauffunger
Jan 8, 2013 Cynthia Holt HELP!
Jan 8, 2013 spider spiritus
Jan 8, 2013 Diana Armstrong
Jan 8, 2013 Tracey Mangus
Jan 8, 2013 Kim Garside
Jan 8, 2013 Sher Gilbert
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Jan 7, 2013 Patty Cummings
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Jan 7, 2013 Rachel alberson
Jan 7, 2013 Marine Chevriaux
Jan 7, 2013 lefevre yvonne
Jan 6, 2013 aeron free
Jan 6, 2013 steph bambenek This would be a tremendous way to help reduce the shelter population! Please help!
Jan 6, 2013 Becky Bottolfson'
Jan 5, 2013 Jean Edwards For once in your presidency, do something that will benefit others more than it will you! Create a National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and give the cats and dogs in animal shelters a new lease on life.
Jan 5, 2013 sherin nagra
Jan 5, 2013 Regina Dickerson
Jan 5, 2013 Paula Sogorka
Jan 5, 2013 Lia Baubin Obama, do something effective while in office.
Jan 5, 2013 Amber Twogood Please think of your dog when reading this request and where would he be?
Jan 5, 2013 Kim Kane
Jan 5, 2013 lefevre jean-yves
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Jan 4, 2013 shelly jones
Jan 4, 2013 Anton Wirth
Jan 4, 2013 Ana Ferreira
Jan 4, 2013 Justin Roberts
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