Letter: Don’t buy pets, adopt from shelter instead

To the editor:

Many people have heard the term: For every puppy bought, a pound puppy dies.

Well, here are the statistics to back up that statement: According to the Humane Society of the United States (www.humanesociety.org), nearly 8 million animals end up in shelters every year and about half are adopted. The remaining have to be euthanized and almost 3 million of those are healthy.

They estimate about 47 percent of all households have at least one pet and 30 percent of those owners adopt while 70 percent buy their pets from breeders. This means the 30 percent who adopt are saving the lives of about 4 million pets every year.

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