Following the pack

Animal shelters have been straining with an influx of pets surrendered by families who can’t afford their care or are moving into places where pets aren’t allowed. Five to seven million pets enter shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Up to four million are euthanized. With luck, the others find new homes.

The story is very different for millions of American pets, who are insured, pampered and primped. Their diets are organic, their play dates scheduled with regularity, and their emotional welfare are as much a concern as the buildup of plaque on their teeth.

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