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Region’s animal shelters to raise awareness for homeless animals

Fourteen animal shelters in Hampton Roads, including the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, will join forces next week to educate the area residents about the plight of homeless animals seeking their forever homes in local facilities.

These shelters will conduct a public awareness campaign as part of Homeless Animals Awareness Week (Feb. 12-18) and many will offer adoption discounts during the Feb. 17-18 weekend.

Throughout this week, shelters will send a variety of educational messages via traditional, electronic and social media.

According to the ASPCA, which is not affiliated with any of the region’s local shelters, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year with about 1.5 million being euthanized because of a lack of adopters.

In Hampton Roads, tens of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals become homeless every year. Local shelters take custody of these animals and provide compassionate care and adoption programs, while volunteers...

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