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Fast Facts On Dog and Cat Adoption: Why Adopt?

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  • Did you know that an estimated 4 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year primarily due to pet overpopulation? Did you know that 25-30% of dogs for adoption in animal shelters are purebred? The other 70-75% are of course, lovable, wonderful, mixed-breed pets just waiting for a chance to be your new friend.
  • In an effort to help people make good choices when they adopt a dog or cat, many animal welfare agencies and pet rescues provide adoption counseling to help match you up with a pet for adoption.
  • If you have your heart set on a specific breed, before you check out a dog breeder or pet store, why not adopt a pet from a breed rescue organization? Breed rescues are groups that specialize in a particular breed of dog or cat.
  • Don't be fooled into thinking that animal shelters and pet rescues are filled with dogs or cats that were discarded because they're "bad."
  • Shelter pets for adoption are wonderful companions who became victims of family tragedy or unlucky circumstances.
  • Did you know that many mixed-breed pets have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills? The best place to find a mixed-breed dog or cat is from an animal welfare agency, foster network or animal control facility.

For more information about adopting a pet--or to start your search--visit the PetSmart Pet Adoptions page at

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