Christmas puppies- Facebook
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This Christmas, give the gift of a forever home to an animal looking for a 2nd chance at life. Area shelters are full of dogs and cats in need of rescue. By all means, do your homework and make sure you have the time and space to welcome an animal into your family. Once you are ready, please stop by a local shelter and adopt a kitten, cat, puppy, or dog. Most people who adopt say it's the best decision that could've ever made because the animals seem to be extra grateful to have a new lease on life.

Chihuahuas Overwhelm California Animal Shelters
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Besides, animals are good for us. They literally improve our health. Our blood pressure is lowered and a stress-related hormone called cortisol is decreased when we interact with animals. A pet does wonders for people that suffer from PTSD and elderly people who are ill, by increasing feelings of social support, reducing loneliness, and boosting our mood. Speaking of which, grab a towel.

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Below are heartwarming reactions of kids and people of all ages crying tears of joy after being surprised with a new pet. Plus the reaction of shelter animals realizing they are being adopted! There is just no doubt about it animals bring out the best in us all. Enjoy these truly wonderful videos of love and Merry Christmas everyone!

Consider a shelter dog when you are ready for a pet. Call your local shelter or animal control to set up an appointment today. They desperately need a forever home to call their own. Millions of unwanted animals are put down every year because they have no one to rescue them.

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