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Santa Clara held Pet Adopt-a-thon

The Silicon Valley Animal Care Center held a Pet Adopt-a-thon in Santa Clara for the sake of dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and even chinchillas who are in need of adoption.

Participating rescue groups included the Dachshund Rescue organization as well as North Star Rescue and Pug Rescue of Sacramento.

Dog training programs were on the agenda for the event, as well as free music and raffles sponsored by the Friends of SVACA.

More than 77 million dogs and 93 million cats have homes in the U.S., according to the Humane Society. However, many more are in need of adoption as overpopulation of animals remains a problem in the country.

One way that pet-owners can combat of animal overpopulation is to have their cats and dogs spayed and neutered. This is one of the most effective ways to control the numbers of unwanted animals that end up in shelters and rescue organizations.

For new pet owners, a cat or dog from a rescue agency is a fast and easy way to save an animal's life as well as welcome a new-comer into the family.
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