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      Animals in Amarillo looking for forever homes


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      hat started out as a casual
      4th grade newspaper read, turned into an animal rescue organization called Dawgs. The shelter helps find homes for hundreds of animals a year.


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      nimal lover
      Brenda Woodroffe didn't intend to bring home a four-legged friend, but when she stepped into Pet Smart for an 'adoptathon' everything changed.



      "

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      e just came to see and to say hi to
      Diane and the gang, but this one's drawing some heart strings. So this one may go home," Woodroffe said.


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      oodroffe has three other adopted dogs at home, and sa

      id



      there's an

      increase in stray animals just within her neighborhood.



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      e live in an area where people keeping dumping off cats, dogs


      ," she said.



      Dawgs Director Diane Troll

      said the idea came from the curiosity of a group of 4th-graders.



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      hey were reading the newspaper

      ,

      and there was all these dogs that were going to get euthanized and they said

      , '

      what happens to them

      ?'"



      she said. "I

      tried to tell them as nice as
      I could and I told them 'go tell your parents to adopt,' and they said, 'Is there anything we can do?'"


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      ccording to
      Troll, nearly eight million animals need forever homes in the U.S., fortunately pet-owners like Woodroffe are willing to make a little room.



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      hey're special

      ," she said.



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      hey're more special than any dog you can get from any breeder, from a pet store.
      They have more love."


      Troll said nearly 20 percent of dogs that need to be adopted are pure breed and there are about 750 just within her shelter.

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