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November 5, 2009

Governor Urges Mainers to Adopt Shelter Pets

Resolution Proclaiming November as 'Adopt a Shelter Pet Month' Follows Launch of National Campaign

The Humane Society of the United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Humane Society of the United States commends Gov. John Baldacci for signing a resolution declaring November 2009 as "Adopt a Shelter Pet Month" in Maine. The resolution urges Mainers to adopt dogs, cats and other companion animals from the state's animal shelters and rescue groups.

"Adopting a shelter pet not only saves the lives of wonderful animals, it also helps free up space for animals being surrendered due to a poor economy," said The HSUS' Maine state director Katie Lisnik. "With November designated as 'Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,' Mainers are encouraged to make animal shelters and rescue groups their first choice when bringing new pets into their homes."

"I am pleased to support the efforts of Maine animal shelters in raising awareness about the benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter," said Gov. Baldacci. "Shelter pets make wonderful life-long family members. Furthermore, shelters help educate people about responsible pet ownership and deter the growth in unwanted pets by ensuring that the animals that they receive are sterilized."

Every year hundreds of healthy and adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in municipal and private shelters across Maine because not enough people are turning to shelters when they decide to bring a pet into their family. Pets are often relinquished to shelters due to the owner's financial hardship, moving, divorce or other life change. The animals are often well-socialized, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and ready for a second chance with a loving family.

In late September, the Ad Council, in partnership with The HSUS and Maddie's Fund, launched the "Shelter Pet Project," the first national public service advertising campaign to promote shelter pet adoption. The goal of the ad campaign is to encourage pet lovers throughout the country to make shelters their first choice for acquiring companion animals, and to let them know that shelter pets are good pets who ended up there through no fault of their own. More information is available at theshelterpetproject.org.

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