The Humane Society of the United States is hosting National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week from November 6 to 12, encouraging citizens to consider our furry friends without homes. The tradition started in 1996 as a means of engaging communities with local animal shelters and raising awareness about the life-saving work that the facilities perform on a daily basis. While roughly 7 million companion animals in the US are homeless, only an approximate 3,500 shelters exist to come to their aid, and only about half will be adopted. Additionally, less than 20 percent of companion animals are rescued from shelters.
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