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Save a Life: Adopt a Shelter Pet for the Holidays

PHOTO: Animal advocates hope people will adopt pets this holiday season to save lives, as they point out that thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every year in Massachusetts. Photo credit: Melissa Gelmo.
PHOTO: Animal advocates hope people will adopt pets this holiday season to save lives, as they point out that thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every year in Massachusetts. Photo credit: Melissa Gelmo.
December 19, 2014

BOSTON - If you are heading out this weekend to look for a pet to bring home for the holidays, animal advocates across the Bay State hope you will look no further than your local animal shelter. Thousands of healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized every year in the state says Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at Animal Rescue League of Boston, simply because of lack of space and funds.

"The more people that adopt from shelters, the more we are all playing a major role in helping saves the lives of thousands of animals across the country," says Regan.

She adds, when you take home a pet from a shelter or rescue organization, you are not only saving that pet's life, but making room for another pet in that shelter to be rescued. Regan says there are many different breeds and ages to choose from at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, and at shelters all over the state.

She says some people still have misconceptions about shelter pets, they assume they are somehow damaged, or perhaps too old. Her organization and many others provide medical care and help socialize the pets, and are knowledgeable about each one. She says the Animal Rescue League of Boston's goal is to match the right pets to the right people.

"There's such a wide range of animals to choose from in shelters," says Regan. "We don't base it on making money, we want the adoption process to be successful, for not only the adopters but also for the animals."

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA