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10 Things You Need to Know Before Adopting a Pet

We’ve got the scoop on finding the right shelter pet for the two of you.

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Crossbreeds shouldn’t be shunned.

About 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds, according to the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy -- meaning the majority of pets are super-cute crossbreeds. What does this mean for you? Crossbreeds tend to be healthier than purebreds because they’re more genetically diverse. Purebreds may have issues like hip dysplasia and respiratory problems -- which are much less likely with crossbreeds.

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