Patt Morrison for January 30, 2012

Why is it so difficult to adopt a pet?

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Mixed breed dogs get morsels of Vienna sausages as part as their diet at the adoption center of Animal Rescue in Cuautitlan Izcalli, state of Mexico, Mexico on October 13, 2010.

You want to adopt a pet but instead of answering a few questions about your home and schedule, you find yourself in the middle of what feels like the Grand Inquisition.

That’s the situation many pet-owning-hopefuls find themselves in nowadays as shelters enforce high standards for pet adoption. Patt talks with the President and CEO of the Humane Society about the high standards for pet adoption and whether those high standards could be encouraging people to buy pets from stores, or even puppy mills. She also gets his pick for the winner of Animal Planet’s Super Puppy Bowl this Sunday.

WEIGH IN:

Should full-time workers, apartment-dwellers, people with children be barred from adopting rescue animals?

Guest:

Wayne Pacelle, president, CEO, The Humane Society of the United States; author, “The Bond: Our kinship with animals, our call to defend them”


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