Find your ‘forever friend’ at area shelters

Commentary by Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent 

Lily Pope / Photo submitted

Pet adoption is a good option for anyone looking for a forever companion. It is known that it is a better option than “shopping” for your pets through breeders or pet stores, but it is vital that you rescue animals. Dogs are often forgotten or abandoned after they are no longer small, cute puppies or because people realize how much responsibility they are. Rescues, foster owners, shelters and pounds are left to pick up the pieces, spending approximately $1 billion a year sheltering and feeding dogs.
People sometimes forget how many dogs are in shelters.
According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), every 13 seconds, a dog in a shelter is put down, about 1.2 million a year, with 7.6 million dogs entering shelters annually, and only 13,600 shelters nationwide to house them. A study by the ASPCA found that 35 percent of dogs in shelters are adopted, 31 percent are euthanized, 26 percent returned to their original owners and 8 percent are left unaccounted for. Remember to spay and neuter your pets, this can prevent unplanned puppies and reduce the amount of animals in shelters.
A lot of the time people do not adopt dogs because they want a specific breed or size, but most breeds can be found through breed-specific rescues.
I have a beagle that my family adopted eight years ago as a puppy through the beagle rescue. Mojo, my beagle, has been an amazing companion. The dogs from breed-specific rescues are usually purebreds that someone surrendered after puppyhood or a result of unwanted litters. There are many breed-specific rescues in North Carolina, which I highly suggest looking into next time you are considering adopting a dog.
Other great options include The Humane Society of Alamance County, 336-438-2023; Burlington Animal Services Pet Adoption Center 336-578-1386 and Paws4ever Animal Sanctuary 919-241-8438.

Lily Pope is a home-schooled eighth-grader and a Teens & 20s writer.

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