Thousands of shelter pets need a forever home

This Wednesday, April 30th, is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day. And there are plenty of pets in shelters around here looking for a forever home every day of the year.

"The biggest shelter myth is that all of our animals are found stray and may be difficult to transition to family life," said Jim Keller, operations manager at Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville. "But many of the animals that come into shelters are surrendered by families in our communities that can just no longer provide for that cat or dog and that animal can often fit right into the next family."

There are thousands of dogs and cats in Washington state without homes. The cat overpopulation problem is out of control.

"Many shelters are currently overflowing with adult cats in need of homes and especially with kitten season just around the corner, when the shelters will be full of litters of younger kittens." It's really crucial that these guys from the young adults to the senior cats get their chance to get noticed and get adopted," Keller told me.

As someone who has two shelter pets in the family - Casey the cat and our dog Sam - they're the best.

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