The number of euthanized animals could be reduced intensely if more people adopt pets instead of buying them. When you adopt dogs and cats, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.  Once a dog has accepted a human being as someone who is trustworthy, he can begin to bond with his new human owner and feel good about his new situation. When dogs feel joy, they will most likely also feel safe, happy, and relieved. This is especially true if they have had an abusive or neglectful past experience.