Many people believe that buying a dog from a breeder is a better decision than adopting a dog or cat from a shelter. Why? Who knows. However, anyone who has worked with shelter animals knows how loyal and loving they are and how desperate they are for a home to call their own. Adopting an animal from a local shelter opens up room for strays and owner surrenders. The kennels become full when few or no people are adopting animals from the shelters, which in turn leads to killing the animals that are deemed "undesirable" or "unwanted." This killing can be minimized by adopting a shelter or rescue animal instead of purchasing one from a breeder, or even worse...a puppy mill.