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Morgantown Dog Owners Group Hold Second Chance Pet Adoption

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Have you ever adopted a pet or thought of adopting one?

The Morgantown Dog Owners Group along with the city's board of park and recreation hosted the Second Chance Sunday Pet Adoption Fair at the dog park in Krepps Park.

Those who stopped by enjoyed the day with the dogs who are in need of a home. 

"A rescue pet is a loyal pet," said Cynthis Lucas of Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia. "You're the savior. Even though our facility is a homelike environment, it's still a facility, and it's still not home. You don't get to get under the covers, and they still don't get to go for walks in the park, go to the bank, or go to the store."

When adopting a dog, many are not puppies, meaning their personalities are fully developed, some are house broken, and all are in need of a family.

"Our last dog, we found him as a stray, and it was nice to give him a home, a new home and take care of him. Just being able to give someone a home that might not otherwise have one," said Phillip Ivanisin, a perspective adopter.

Not up for adoption? There is always fostering.

"My husband and I take in about six or so litters (kittens) a year. We have a lot of fun doing it," said foster parent Pat Smith.

But, you still may end up adopting.

"We've adopted six," Smith said. "It's a hazard of adopting, there are some that just can't leave."

Just adopting one dog is a life saver. The hole left in the shelter by saving one animal means space is available for another.

"Actually when you adopt a dog from us, or another facility, you're saving two lives, not just one," Lucas said.

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