"Each year between 3 ½ and four million homeless pets are killed in shelters, but families and individuals who choose to adopt can help bring an end to this," said Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society. "Adoption literally saves lives and fits perfectly with the growing trend toward making socially responsible holiday choices."
Adopting a homeless pet from a local animal shelter or rescue group rather than buying from a breeder, pet store or online retailer means that money is diverted away from the inhumane puppy mill industry that churns out millions of puppies annually to supply pet stores and online retailers.
"One thing people often don’t realize is the variety of animals available through shelters and rescue groups," Battista said. "Virtually every type, size, disposition and energy level of dog, cat, kitten or puppy can be adopted from a shelter or rescue organization. A good place to start is http://bestfriends.org/Adopt-a-Pet/Adopt-Near-You/."
Adoption promotions include:
• Nationwide discounted adoption fees from 200 participating Best Friends Network Partners
• $25 adoption fees for pets more than six months old at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Salt Lake City, UT
• Free transport for 15 animals and $25 adoption fees for all species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT
• $25 adoption fees at Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, CA
• From Dec. 15-31, $25 adoption fees through Best Friends NY
"Few people will argue that adopted pets reward their people with a depth of unconditional love that pets from other sources don’t seem to rival," Battista said, "They seem to know they were given a second chance, and they spend their lives repaying their families."
About Best Friends Animal Society:
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All.
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