Adopting pets from shelters shows rewards

By Carrie Coppernoll Published: October 11, 2006
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Th
ousands of animals had to be destroyed. Shelter officials are working toward a "no kill" policy, but there isn't enough money or adopters yet.

We can't always adopt homeless animals, but pet owners can do something else to help: spay or neuter your pets. Fewer animals will move through the shelters, so fewer animals will have to be killed.

Skye and another puppy were found in a cardboard box on the side of a farm road in winter. I can't stop people like that from deserting or abusing animals. But I did save one dog through adoption.

She's nothing like my first dog. My boyfriend reminds me she's a "jail bird" because of her time at the shelter. She wasn't house broken. She has destroyed three pairs of shoes and left teeth marks in several others. She digs holes in the back yard. She steals the other dog's food. She doesn't understand the purpose of heeling, and the leash is more of a noose.

She's wonderful. She's taught my anti-social dog how to play and how to trust people. She cuddles and nuzzles. She fetches, sort of. She's made my house a home.

Someone didn't want her. Someone left her to die. Whoever that heartless person is, he missed out on the best dog in the world, even if she's a jail bird.

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