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Finding Forever Homes on August 19, 2017

Pet Owners Weigh the Pros and Cons of Their Furry Friends

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Nearly 700 shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19 that helps find loving homes for animals in need. Over 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016.

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A yellow Labrador retriever cuddles with a Maine coon cat.

Many a pet owner will tell you that taking home a furry friend is one of the best decisions you can make. But becoming a pet parent is a big commitment and it's important to consider the pros and cons.

The American Pet Products Association asked about 1,000 dog and cat owners to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of having a pet. The responses were overwhelmingly positive.

Both cat and dog owners agree that companionship is the biggest benefit while the biggest drawback is the feeling of loss when a pet passes away.