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RESCUING A PET FROM A SHELTER

Animal control agencies in Los Angeles County process more than 500,000 animals each year. Most are stray or abandoned pets. Only 25 percent of these animals are placed or purchased. Those not so fortunate are destroyed. - Source: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara Animal Shelters.

You can find a loving dog or cat from an animal rescue groupwe work with or we encourage you to choose a pet from a local shelter. Follow the links below for the rescue in your area. Most rescues and many shelter dogs make exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions.

Unfortunately, many folks think dogs that end up in rescue are all genetically and behaviorally inferior. But, it is not uncommon for rescue to get $500-$1000 dogs that have either outlived their usefulness or their novelty with impulsive owners who considered their dog a possession rather than a friend or member of the family, or simply did not really consider the time, effort and expense needed to be a dog owner.

Choosing a rescue dog over a purchased pup will not solve the pet overpopulation problem (only responsible pet owners and breeders can do that), but it does give many of them a chance they otherwise would not have. But, beyond doing a "good deed", adopting a rescue dog can be the best decision and addition to the family you ever made.