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The cover story on the Washington Humane Society (“Heel Thyself,” 3/26) was quite eye-opening, but one shocking fact stood out to me more than anything else: Each year, 12,000 animals enter the shelter. More than 65 percent of them are euthanized, and most of these animals are healthy.

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The high rate of healthy animals killed each year in D.C. is a sad fact, much sadder than any of the political struggles between D.C. city officials and shelter employees. I encourage everyone to help lower this number by spaying and neutering pets and never buying an animal from a pet store or breeder. Always adopt a homeless animal. Thousands of them are waiting for homes.

Silver Spring, Md.