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I adopted a female Belgian Malinoux Shepard mix 4 years ago from our county animal shelter. She is an amazing dog, my friend &, lovable, good dog.
I'd suggest that the shelters adopt a contract, spelling out what the responsibilities of animal ownership are so that people will stop & think before they take an animal that they'll need to "dump" down the road at some point. Our shelter charges a refundable amount of money once you have your pet spayed or neutered...I think this is a really good idea.
What can we do to help? Probably foster education as much as possible. I must say that I think groups like PETA are beginning to cause more problems than they solve. Throwing paint on people who are wearing fur coats, breaking into research labs & stealing the animals & damaging equipment, or protesting the killing of wild rats on the tv show "Survivors" is, in my opinion, not productive.
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