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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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caring for another gives life meaning and joy — whether the partners are people or pets. Americans own around 78 million dogs and 86 million cats. Most come from shelters or rescues, are taken in as strays, or are acquired from friends and relatives. Unfortunately, even in loving households people's circumstances change. Families move or pets need more medical care or training than the family can provide, and, as a result, pets are left homeless. For 150 years, humane societies in the U. S. have given animals a second chance. Shelters take them in, provide needed care, and work hard to find new homes. Some like Animal Rescue League of Boston are long-time members of the humane society movement. Others, like Shultz's Guest House and Stray Pets in Need are more recent champions for homeless dogs and cats. Shelter pets, stray or surrendered, can be a joy. They can be a project as well, as each comes with an uncertain history. It's a spe- cial feeling when you find the pet that makes your heart sing, and you know you've saved the animal from suffering and possible death. There's camaraderie among rescue pet owners who know that special feeling. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats enter animal shelters in the U. S. every year. More than 700,000 of the animals that enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners, and more than 1.5 million dogs and 1.5 million cats are adopted. That leaves between 1.5 and three million shelter animals that are euthanized because untreat- able medical conditions or aggressive behavior make them unsuitable for C A R O L Y N S . E L L I S writer A Shelter Dog M E D I A B A K E R Y 106 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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