There are many reasons why animals end up in shelters all across the U.S. They can be strays or lost, but a big reason is they are no longer wanted. Their former owners decide they cannot keep them and subsequently drop them off at the shelter, thinking the animal will easily find another home.

But with the presence of pet shops which offer “purebred” puppies, the millions of pups in shelters can easily be overlooked. Instead, shelter animals spend day after day waiting, filled with anxiety and the sadness that comes with abandonment. But for the ones who do get adopted, they are well-aware of how lucky they are for their second chance! Just ask Lucy.

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As Imgur user rocketttpower shares, five-year-old Lucy was just adopted! And this sweet lady just cannot contain her excitement. 

Lucy is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Pit Bull mix and she is ready to go

She now has a brother, Oliver, a four-year-old Pit Bull and Lab mix. These two puppers are going to have so much fun together!

Big smiles! If you know someone who still doesn’t think adoption is the best, just show them this photo!

 
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With 70 million stray animals living in the United States, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Nearly half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are euthanized due to lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every ten dogs and seven out of every ten cats.

Rescuing, fostering and adopting animals is one of the most satisfying experiences a person can have. Knowing that because of your small effort an animal will have a fair chance at a decent life is powerful.

There are numerous rescues and animal shelters out there that can help you make the right choice when seeking a companion animal. Not only will you be helping to rescue an animal from a shelter, but you will also be freeing up that space for another animal to take their place and to have their big chance at being adopted. For more ways on how you can get involved to help save animals, click here.

Don’t forget to share Lucy’s big ol’ grin with all the animal lovers you know!

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