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Shelters have your new pet

Approximately 6.5 million pets go through animal shelters every year. Shelters are on the front lines saving millions of pets. That’s why the first full week in November is designated as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

The best way to help is to adopt pets from a shelter. Senior dogs, or those over the age of 6, are at the most risk of being overlooked and stay at shelters the longest.

Those who can’t make a full-time commitment should look into fostering. In this system, you take on an animal until the shelter can find it a new forever home. Shelters today are fostering animals to everyone who can help.

And don’t forget, you can always help by giving shelters money donations. Make sure you’re giving directly to your local shelters. Some groups run slick ads that exploit people’s desire to help shelter pets, but in reality only give about 1 percent of the money to shelters.

This week, take time to give assistance to your local shelter. Everyone benefits from a robust, well-run system of local shelters that cares for animals in need. Why wait?

Will Coggin

Research director

Center for Consumer Freedom

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