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Shelters Report Not Having Any Animals Left To Adopt

It may be the best thing to come out of 2020! The animal shelters in the Washington area are experiencing a rare and unique occurrence... the amount of dogs available for adoption is increasingly limited! Thanks to the mess of 2020 and everyone pretty much forced to stay at home for a majority of the year, people turned to adoption as a source of comfort and meaning. 

Cindy Sharpley, founder, and director of Last Chance Animal Rescue, a nonprofit animal shelter in Waldorf, had this to say about the rare phenomenon, "We thought people would stop adopting because they would need to conserve their money, but that hasn't happened. It's been just the opposite. They're going like hotcakes. We can hardly keep them in stock."

Another animal shelter, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Arlington said it's expecting to end 2020 by helping around 3,385 pets find their forever home! The year prior, they were about to help about 1,800 find homes. Shelter Animals Count, which runs a database and is able to track all the shelter and rescue activities reported that 26,000 more pet adoptions in 2020 than the year before. This number comes from about 500 rescue organizations across the country.

There has been such a demand for animals, that shelters across the country simply do not have enough animals to keep up with this increasing demand.

Mirah Horowitz, executive director of Lucky Dog, had to make some changes to keep up with the demand, and that meant moving the operation online! Horowitz told Washington Post, "Anyone who felt like, 'I can't adopt an animal because I'm at work all day' is now finding they're at home. People want a pet for companionship and to give kids a sense of responsibility and a playmate."

Here are a few people who adopted during these uncertain times and their new forever soulmates:

Story via Washington Post

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Meet The Newly Adopted Faces Of The Week (19 Images + 2 Vid)

Ready to smile? Each week we are featuring the newly adopted pets of the week! Is there a lovelier sight than an animal being adopted?! We wholeheartedly thank those who have adopted, providing animals with a loving, comfortable and warm home. There's literally nothing better. 

We're seeing a lot of new furry faces being adopted due to the new regulations, and while we absolutely adore seeing so many adopted faces, please remember that a pet is for life. The decision to adopt one is one that should be thought through thoroughly.  

For those of you who are thinking about getting a pet, just remember; adopt, don't shop. 

If you recently adopted a pet, shoot us an email to be featured in next weeks list! 

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Difference Between "Kill" And "No-Kill" Shelters (Important Thread)

We know what you're thinking, one shelter obviously puts animals into a forever sleep, and the others don't. 

However, there's more to it than that. As Twitter user @hannahschramm4 shares in this important and informative thread. 

And even more importantly, if you're thinking of bringing a furbaby into your family -- please adopt, don't shop! 

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Shelter Creates Purr-fect Solution For Cat Who Loves to be Held

Dougie the cat loves being held. The 15-year-old ginger feline, who was recently living at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Maine, loves being held so much that when he's not in someone's arms, his "meow can be heard from galaxies far away," the animal shelter wrote on Facebook. Now that is pretty cute!

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October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and being huge animal lovers, the employees of Cheezburger have put together a wonderful blog post highlighting the beautiful shelter dogs that are part of our family!

BONUS FUN: One of our newest shelter dogs is in need of a name, and we'd love to hear your suggestions. See pictures and leave your ideas in the comments on the blog post!

Do you have a shelter dog? Share links and stories in the comments below or at the Cheezburger blog!

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Never give up hope, Cheezfrends! Redditor "sweeetniblets" posted this photo with the commentary:

My friend just went to pet cats at our local animal shelter, and found her cat that had been missing for over a year.

Those, my friends, are tears of pure happiness and joy!

Obviously, kitty is very happy to be home.

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