For the past couple of years, when we have spoken to you on this page about the importance of adopting shelter animals to save their lives and enhance your own, it’s been in the context of how many animals die each year, pulling on readers’ heart-strings to compel them to prevent that horrible loss, one new pet owner at a time. This time, we’d like to put the whole idea of shelter pet adoption in a more positive light.

Case in point: According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the number of feline and canine souls who are lucky enough to be taken into a permanent home from a shelter each year in the U.S. is roughly 3.2 million all told. Now think about how many animals that really is. For example, if you walked one mile for each of those adopted animals, the accumulated distance would be enough to circle the earth 128 times. Take a minute to bask in that warm light.

So all we’re asking you to do is add to that gorgeous yearly total, by going to meet your new companion, at one of these two upcoming adoption events:

First, at the Maine Mall PETCO (220 Maine Mall Rd, SoPo), join the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland with their adoptable pets on Saturday, November 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. This is part of PETCO’s monthly nationwide adoption drive, but don’t wait till the snow flies; you’ll miss your new puppy’s first experience with the white stuff.

Second, right in town at The Fish & Bone (195 Commercial St) on Friday, November 10 from 3 to 5 p.m., you could be seen walking a newly adopted, enthusiastic pet to your car, right through the heart of the Old Port, and when people comment and meet you, tell them, “Around the equator is too far; I’d rather have a friend.”


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