(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year looking for their forever home. It’s a wonderful feeling to change a life by bringing home a new furry family member, and it helps teach children valuable lessons of responsibility and basic pet care.

Whether it’s the adoption of a playful pup, a cuddly cat or another type of animal, pets hold a special place in their owner’s hearts. All pet owners know animal welfare depends on the actions of thoughtful individuals today as well as teaching future generations how to be good pet owners.

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