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Animal shelters are one of the few (almost) universally-loved institutions in the U.S.: they provide homes for homeless, uncared-for animals while simultaneously helping people to connect with pets without having to rely on animal breeders, who often use cruel practices.

But many of these shelters have a dark secret: they don't have no-kill policies, which means they end up euthanizing all the animals (and it's millions of them) who don't get adopted.

Up to 10 million animals enter shelters every year, and it's estimated that 250,000,000 companion animals were killed in U.S. animal shelters in the last 10 years.

But some shelters are no-kill, and almost every state has at least one. The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley claims to be Idaho's only no-kill shelter—there is another just for cats, but Wood River Valley takes other animals. Check out some of the other awesome work they do:

They need support to continue doing the great work they do—and they're not the only ones, so support them when you can.

If you're in the market for a pet, remember to visit a shelter before a breeder. You truly have the power to save an animal's life.