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Animal rescue shelters ease up on new owners

Most animal rescue shelters are thrilled when they're able to place one of their homeless pets with a loving family. However, until recently, many shelters had a strict set of requirements for new pet owners that sometimes would prohibit an otherwise-suitable family from taking home a new cat or dog.

In the past, the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals (SICST) in Kettering, Ohio, would deny a would-be owner from bringing home a pooch if their house did not feature a fenced in yard, among other regulations, according to the Dayton Daily News.

But in light of a survey conducted by the U.S. Humane Society which found that only 13 percent of house pets are adopted from animal rescue shelters, the SICST decided to lighten up a little and eliminate some of the superfluous restrictions, the new provider reports.

We're sure that our furry friends wouldn't begrudge their new family a small backyard if it meant a new lease on life!

The SICST is hopeful that by easing up a little, more people will head to their local animal rescue center when they're in the market for a new pet, as opposed to a pet store.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are approximately 6 to 8 million cats and dogs brought to shelters each year.

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