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Over the past eight months of being shuttered indoors, an increasing number of Americans have turned towards furry friends for companionship. Dog adoptions across shelters, pet stores, and private breeders have skyrocketed, with some breeders reporting waitlists well into 2021. Perhaps you, too, are considering adding a four-legged friend to your family, but you’re not sure whether to adopt from a shelter or purchase an animal privately. In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, here are 5 reasons to rescue an adoptable animal in need.