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When choosing to adopt a cat, you're not only rescuing one of them, but you're potentially saving hundreds. When you buy a cat or dog, it increases the demand for the cruel cat and puppy mills that supply them. Choose a rescue shelter or an adoption center instead — they're full of beautiful, healthy cats and dogs. You'll be sure to find one with a personality to match your own.

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FACT CHECK TIME:

THE SAD NEWS:

  • 6 million to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, according to the ASPCA.
  • So there's no need to breed more.
  • 3 million to 4 million cats and dogs are adopted each year from shelters, according to the Humane Society.
  • So if we do the math, we know what happens to the rest.

BUT WE CAN FIX THIS:

  • By spaying and neutering our pets. One unspayed cat and her offspring can produce up to 420,000 kittens in 7 years, according to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society.
  • By adopting cats and dogs from shelters, instead of from breeders.