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California pet shelter gets grant to open adoption shop

Two animal shelters in California may have a better chance of getting their residents adopted out thanks to a new grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Thousand Oaks Acorn reports.

Dogs and rabbits that were rescued by Bark Avenue Foundation and Ventura County Animal Services will be available at the newly opened Shelter Hope Pet Shop, located at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, California, the news source reports. Cats will be housed at another location but can be viewed on TVs and computers at the new shop, and will be brought there upon request from a potential adopter.

Because there is not a shelter in Thousand Oaks, the organizations believe that pet lovers will find it more convenient to visit the shop, as opposed to traveling to the shelters in Agoura Hills and Camarillo counties.

Last year, the county animal services program was looking after about 7,000 dogs, the news outlet reports. The organizations hope that the new shop will reduce the amount of pets that have to get euthanized each year. The ASPCA estimates that there are about 70 million stray cats in the U.S., but reports that it is impossible to get an accurate number of all stray pets.  
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