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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings About 20% of all owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter. It can be rewarding to know that when you adopt a shelter dog, you are saving their life and giving them a loving, caring home. At the same time, you’re supporting adoption centers, helping them to keep caring for homeless animals. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so let’s take a second to appreciate animal rescue shelters and all the good they do for animals in need. Maybe this is the month to even adopt one?? In the 19th century, the very first dog shelter was created in Britain by 22 philanthropists who all shared a love for animals. In 1824, they started a nonprofit called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), originally intended to pass laws preventing the abuse of carriage horses. America’s own humane organization, the ASPCA, opened in 1866. Founded by Henry Bergh, it was the first animal rescue organization in the Western Hemisphere and began sheltering dogs and cats in 1894. The American Humane Society formed in 1877 along with...

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