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We asked readers to show off their pets and tell us why they’re the best. We received nearly 100 entries describing some amazing animals, and these four captured the hearts of our readers and our staff. The owners of these pets will receive tickets to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, courtesy…

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Additionally, 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year, about 1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats.

According to the ASPCA, 7.6 million pets, including 3.9 million dogs, enter animal shelters every year. Also, about 2.7 million animals, including 1.2 million dogs, are euthanized annually. The animals are euthanized for many reasons, including aggressive behavior.