• 1. AVMA Veterinary Economics Division. Are pet adoptions really skyrocketing? J Am Vet Med Assoc 2021;258:114115.

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Letters to the Editor

Know your obligations before adopting

The recent analysis from the AVMA Veterinary Economics Division on changes in the number of pet adoptions1 has prompted me to write about my own concerns related to the adoption of pets from animal shelters.

Animal shelters have embraced a number of advertising methods to encourage the adoption of dogs and cats, sometimes in connection with reducing or waiving adoption fees for a limited time. These tactics are specifically designed to tug at people's heartstrings, but they may, I fear, be inducing some individuals to make uninformed, hasty decisions.

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