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Diane Pomerance knows what people say about adopting pets from animal shelters and rescue organizations.
"They think, 'I don't want to inherit someone else's problem,' or they simply think all the dogs there are abused or hard to train, or that they won't be able to find the breed that they want," said Pomerance, author of seven books about pets, including Our Rescue Dog Family Album (www.animalcompanionsandtheirpeople.com). Her family has saved and adopted more than 40 rescued dogs over the years and currently have 21 in their home. In addition, she has helped place hundreds more with good homes. "All of those notions couldn't be further from the truth, and in fact, buying from the pet shop can be more hazardous than adopting one from a shelter.
Pomerance does not work for an animal shelter or animal welfare organization. She is simply an individual who has devoted much of her personal life to rescuing these dogs because she feels strongly about the value of these animals and the many gifts they can offer people. She also believes that people view animal shelters in a poor light because of their adherence to many popular -- but erroneous -- myths about shelter dogs:
"Animals are deserving of our respect and appreciation, which is why we should try to be responsive individually to the crisis facing animal shelters today," Pomerance added. "They perform many important tasks for us - in the military, as bomb and weapons detectors, as service animals, as healing companions and friends of the lonely and bereaved and even as search and rescue assistants in natural as well as man-made disasters. They heal and even save human lives. It is scientifically substantiated that animal companions increase our longevity and improve the quality of our lives. We should also realize that getting a family pet should not be a decision or choice that is taken lightly. You're not buying a car or getting a new electronic toy to play with -- these are living, breathing, loving creatures with whom we share our world. If we choose to share our family with one, we should take care to ensure we choose carefully and prudently so we can enhance not only our family's life, but the dog's, as well."
Diane Pomerance has a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is widely regarded as a pet expert. She has written seven books about animals including the Animal Companions Series and her new book Our Rescue Dog Family Album (www.animalcompanionsandtheirpeople.com). She created, established and currently directs the pioneering and flagship Pet Grief Counseling Program for the SPCA of Texas in Dallas. She is a lecturer and featured speaker at many animal welfare related events.
To interview Diane Pomerance, Ph.D. or request a review copy of "Our Rescue Dog Family Album" contact Rachel Friedman at 727-443-7115, ext. 206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name, publication, and mailing address with your request.
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