Adopt - Don't Shop! Save A Stray For The Holidays

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Found Animals Foundation and Healthy Spot team up to urge holidays shoppers to adopt a pet for the holidays.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Found Animals Foundation ( and the trendy "Healthy Spot" ( boutique in Santa Monica, CA, have teamed up to urge holiday shoppers to bring home a pet for the holidays. This year the foundation's message is different - please "Adopt - Don't Shop!" and "Save a Stray for the Holidays" - says Aimee Gilbreath, Found Animals Executive Director.

"During the holiday season many parents feel the pressure to bring home a pet, but with the economy in the tank and the cost of purebred pet store pets on the rise - economically it doesn't make sense," says Gilbreath. She explains, "…Holiday shoppers need to realize they have options. You'll find purebred pets alongside the All-American mutts at local shelters - for much more reasonable prices too." At Los Angeles County shelters, a family can adopt a dog for $37, where a pet store puppy can range from hundreds to even thousands of dollars. "Amazing animals of all types, shapes, sizes, ages and colors are available at your local animal care facility.

From puppies and kittens to seniors, from purebreds to mutts - a fantastic companion is waiting for you!" Gilbreath encourages, "According to the United States Humane Society, 25% of all shelter dogs are purebred." When you adopt from the shelter you save the life of a deserving animal and avoid supporting commercial puppy mills, where mother dogs are often kept in poor conditions and inbreeding can produce puppies with serious health issues.

To help spread the message, Found Animals will do their take on the "that doggie in the window" with a Live Puppy Cam (, allowing potential adopters to watch Los Angeles County shelter puppies frolicking in the Healthy Spot, Santa Monica storefront window.

Rather than putting these animals up for sale, Found Animals is encouraging interested parties to enter their Holiday Adoption Contest, in order to find the best homes in the Los Angeles area for these deserving dogs. Come down to Healthy Spot, Santa Monica's newest hot spot for socially conscious dog products, to get a peak and meet these adorably loveable dogs - Healthy Spot @ 1110 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90401


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