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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Good news for stray pets: last year set an adoption record at the Humane Society of Utah.
In 2002, 8,542 animals were dropped off at the shelter. And about 5,700 of them were adopted into new homes.
Humane society officials say that's good news. The percentage of animals the shelter has put to sleep has been steadily declining over the years.
Not all pets that come to the shelter are suitable for adoption. Some are sick or have serious behavior problems. But most can fit in just fine with a new family.
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