DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) -  Dr. Diane Pomerance wants to show everyone how to make your family happier -- and save a life at the same time.

Pomerance, an activist who has owned more than 40 shelter dogs in her lifetime, is on a mission to encourage Americans to turn their houses into homes by adopting a shelter dog. Each year, millions of dogs enter our nation's shelters, yet of the almost 59 million owned dogs in this country, fewer than 20 percent are shelter adoptees.

"People sometimes don't go to animal shelters to adopt a dog, because they have a lot of misinformation about these animals," said Pomerance, author of seven books about pets, including "Our Rescue Dog Family Album" (www.animalcompanionsandtheirpeople.com). "They think, 'I don't want to inherit someone else's problem,' or they simply think all the dogs there are abused or hard to train, or that they won't be able to find the breed that they want. All of those notions couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, up to nearly 60 percent of dogs in shelters are not strays, but pets whose families had to give them up because of a loss of income or a change in location. These are faithful, loving dogs who just need a home and some love."

The key is to know how to choose the right pet for your family, she said.

"It's important to take into consideration your family's lifestyle, the size of your home and your budget before you choose which breed of dog you want to bring home," Pomerance added. "Adopting a shelter dog is a lifetime choice, as these pets will likely spend the rest of their lives with you, and it is not something that should be taken lightly," Pomerance added. "That being said, it is a positive choice, and one that will bring joy and love into your home and provide your family a loyal, caring companion."

About Diane Pomerance

Diane Pomerance has a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is widely regarded as a pet expert. She has written seven books about animals including the Animal Companions Series and her book Our Rescue Dog Family Album (www.animalcompanionsandtheirpeople.com). She created, established and currently directs Pet Grief Counseling Program for the SPCA of Texas in Dallas.

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