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December 19, 2014

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Wedding trend alert: More couples choose enchanting winter themes
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The glittering icicles, crisp white snow and a simple unspoken elegance – the wonder of winter has suited weddings well for many years. Today, Disney’s Frozen has renewed interest in winter weddings, with more couples choosing a sophisticated theme that is inspired by the style and storyline of the popular film.

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Want to celebrate your marriage? Hold a vow renewal ceremony
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your wedding might have been 50 years ago, 20 years ago, or even just last year. Each year on your anniversary, you and your spouse might give each other cards and a special gift. But this year, why not consider renewing your vows?

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Pint-sized wedding guests: Yay or nay?
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s one of the most debated aspects of any wedding: Should children be invited? Some argue children add to the magic of the event while others prefer to keep the potential tantrums far from their big day. Ultimately it’s up to the couple to decide what is right for them, and with the proper etiquette, it’s simple to communicate to guests exactly what they want without offending anyone.

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Invitations are the best way to set the style and tone for your wedding
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - You might be a fairytale-style bride or a more professional bride who doesn’t tolerate frilly. You might even be the girl next door with a laid-back attitude. Whatever your personal style, your tastes will set the look and feel of the wedding you’re planning.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Every girl dreams of her fantasy wedding. It usually includes a Prince Charming standing next to her at the altar, saying “I do,” while surrounding by friends and family in a fairytale atmosphere.

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Inject fun personality into a wedding ceremony and reception
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:53 am

(BPT) - When planning a wedding, you’ll receive plenty of advice via to-do lists in bridal magazines, from friends and coworkers who’ve already been through the wedding process and even from professionals in the industry who have helped many couples achieve their “I dos.”

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Tips to Build the Perfect Wedding Registry
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) A great registry is the first step to planning your happily ever after. As you make your way to the “I Do’s,” it’s also a time to plan for your new lives together. From hosting your first holiday dinner to lazy Sundays on the couch, making your house a home starts with building a great registry.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Ten Tips From Survivors to Inspire Giving Back
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) The motivation to give back can come from many places: from within, from seeing someone else struggle or maybe from fighting a personal battle.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Top 5 reasons people donate to charity
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - In our current economy, when many live paycheck to paycheck, why do so many choose to give some of it away to charity? The fact is helping others is part of what makes us human. It doesn’t matter the age or background of the donor – it feels good to make a difference, and that starts by donating to a worthy cause close to your heart. But making a difference isn’t the only reason for donating. There are additional drivers for giving that go beyond funding a particular cause, and understanding these reasons will help you get the most out of your annual donations this year.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
The Most Dangerous Time of the Year? Safety Tips for the Holidays
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are here, and while you're admiring all of the beautiful presents wrapped and sitting under your tree, or getting excited about travel plans, it's also the perfect time for burglars and muggers to steal some seasonal cheer. (Remember the movie Home Alone?) It's enough to cast a Scrooge-like pall over what is traditionally "the most wonderful time of the year."

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Monday 12/01/2014
Women Veterans And Their Long Journey Home
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Many Americans don’t realize it, but one out of every five new military recruits in the United States is a woman—and 2.5 million veterans are women.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Lifestyle Apparel Brand Recognizes The Contributions Of Everyday Heroes
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—A company that manufactures outerwear has created a campaign to honor everyday heroes.

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Don't Misplace Your Trust—Or Your Money
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Do you research a charity before you donate? Chances are you don’t, and you’re not alone. According to Hope Consulting, 65 percent of Americans fail to research before donating their time and money—but they’re donating a lot. In 2013, Americans gave a staggering $335 billion to charities, notes Giving USA Foundation.

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Kids Can Learn Life Skills
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There could be good news for parents who want their children to grow up to be independent, fiscally responsible adults. A digital curriculum that offers students a chance to explore personal finance topics through interactive learning has been updated and improved.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Modern Landfills: Safe, Smart and Green
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - The average American generates a lot of trash and recyclables -- about four pounds per day. That adds up to more than 250 million tons of trash every year, and more than a third of it gets recycled and repurposed into new products. Many Americans are working to expand recycling. Some communities are also beginning to divert food and yard waste out of their waste stream, and that could expand the amount of waste that is repurposed.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn't have 12 solid teeth out of 32.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Many Parents Are Unhappy With Standardized Tests
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Many parents of school-age children are unhappy with the amount of time spent on standardized tests and have strong opinions on other controversial education policies, including Common Core and school vouchers.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Family Fun: Indoor Trampoline Parks Grow by Leaps and Bounds
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - In case you haven't noticed, the indoor trampoline industry is booming with new arenas opening throughout the U.S. Not just because they're loads of fun (of course they are), but because it's something families can do together, while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball or even exercise classes.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Baby MythConceptions
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) As a new parent, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by conflicting information about the safest ways to care for the little one who completely relies on you. This is especially true when it comes to baby care products.

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5 Smartphone Tips for Car Buying
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.

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Tips to Save Money at the Pump
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump, according to the Car Care Council.

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Hot Gifts to Rev-Up Your Cool Factor
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.

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Young at Heart
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.

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Winter Eye Care Tips
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.

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Tips for a Pet-Friendly Holiday
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.

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Celebrations Big or Small
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Life is full of celebrations, especially during the festive holiday season. From small gatherings with co-workers to large family parties, having the right wine to give or to serve is the best way to make every occasion merry.

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Friday 12/19/2014
New Technology Improving Outcomes for Heart Failure Patients
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Heart failure is costing Americans a fortune. The estimated cost of the disease in the U.S. was $31 billion in 2012. That number is estimated to swell to $70 billion by 2030, according to the American Heart Association -- which means that by 2020, every U.S. taxpayer could pay $244 each year for heart failure expenses.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Diabetes Discussion: Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease affecting more than 29 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, patients with diabetes see better results when the disease is closely managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Along with making good choices about healthy eating and physical activity, patients living with diabetes should discuss blood sugar monitoring, medication, and options for taking their medication with their health care providers.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Answering the biggest unmet need in cancer care today
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - “I thought cancer was like dessert - you only got one. I thought wrong,” says Jim Riswold, a two-time cancer survivor and one of the advertising geniuses responsible for some of Nike’s most iconic ads. Fourteen years ago, Riswold was told he had between two to four years to live, but because of a once-a-day pill developed by Dr. Brian Druker, director of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Jim is now sharing his story through artwork.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Brain Health Of Older Adults Focus Of Holiday Campaign
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—The holidays are about families gathering together to celebrate and to discuss issues of importance to everyone, including older members of the family. For this reason, an annual campaign called Home for the Holidays was established to provide families with information to help stimulate a dialogue about major issues affecting their older loved ones. This year’s campaign focuses on the risks to brain health for older adults and offers some simple strategies to help mitigate those risks.

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The key to getting the most out of your rheumatoid arthritis therapy
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If you are one of the 1.3 million people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know the pain can sometimes be debilitating. While there is no cure for the autoimmune inflammatory disease often called RA, early intervention and treatments can help you maintain a high quality of life.

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Monday 12/08/2014
With diabetes, don't overlook yearly eye exams
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Learn how you can help your retirement plan in just 30 minutes
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When is the last time you checked in on your retirement plan? A month? A year? Can you even remember? If you can’t, you’re not alone. Many people find the idea of reviewing their retirement plan intimidating, so they put it off. You can’t avoid reviewing your plan forever, though, and there are some real benefits to doing so right now.

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Don't wait to discover if you have this deadly, under-reported type of cancer
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the world, causing more than 600,000 deaths each year. The number of Americans with liver cancer has been slowly but steadily rising for several decades with over 33,000 people expected to be diagnosed in 2014. The incidence is increasing due to the silent epidemic of hepatitis B and C, the rise in the number of people with morbid obesity and diabetes, and the persistence of alcoholic cirrhosis - all of which are risk factors for the disease.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
5 questions you should ask your pharmacist
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than just picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can actually be an important, and convenient, time to ask your pharmacist key questions that could impact your health.

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Tuesday 12/02/2014
Ask the Pharmacist: Exercise tips your heart will love
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - A regular exercise routine is an important component of heart health, yet less than one-third of Americans get the minimum 30 minutes of daily exercise five days a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Nationally, as many as 250,000 deaths annually are attributable to a lack of regular physical activity.

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Friday 12/19/2014
Finding Support and Information for Rare Neuroendocrine Cancers
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When Maryann Wahmann began experiencing severe abdominal pain and skin flushing, it didn’t feel like the standard gastrointestinal “bug.” She tried over-the-counter remedies and changed her diet, but after several weeks without relief, she still had bouts of diarrhea and began to lose weight so she finally went to see her doctor. But instead of finding out the cause, Maryann began a seven-year struggle to find a diagnosis.

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Do you know the GI malignancy that's second only to colon cancer? [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Public awareness of common cancers is better than ever, yet you may have never even heard of the second-most-common type of gastrointestinal malignancy. Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or GEP-NETs, are now second only to colon cancer. They can be undiagnosed for years. Here’s what you should know.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
"Doc" Thornbury: A Health Care Pioneer
Posted: December 18, 2014

(NAPSI)—As more physician practices refuse traditional health insurance and fewer medical students pursue primary care medicine, accessing and communicating with your doctor becomes more difficult—but there could soon be change for the better.

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Facing Cancer & Chemotherapy: An Interview with Pop-Culture Icon and Survivor, Adamari López
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Adamari López is an internationally acclaimed actress and an Emmy®-award winning television personality. In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment plan. She has been in remission since 2006.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Training Young People To Save Lives
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—A middle-school student who has been trained can save a life when someone needs CPR.

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Winning the fight against dry eye [Infographic]
Posted: December 17, 2014

(BPT) - Do your eyes often feel dry, irritated and red? Just like 38 percent of recently surveyed adults, you may be experiencing a common condition called dry eye. Here’s what you need to know about the problem and how best to alleviate symptoms.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
New Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Medication Allows For Every Two Weeks Dosing
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - People living with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS) now have an effective new treatment option with an every two weeks dosing schedule. PLEGRIDY™ (peginterferon beta-1a), which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, significantly decreases the number of relapses and brain lesions on MRI, and slows disability progression.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Helping Golfers Stay in the Swing With Chiropractic Care
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - It takes years of practice to become a great golfer and to hone your swing. But to reach that level, your body has to be up to the task. Well, it turns out chiropractic care can help golfers treat injuries and restore balance. For more information, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

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Baby MythConceptions
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) As a new parent, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by conflicting information about the safest ways to care for the little one who completely relies on you. This is especially true when it comes to baby care products.

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5 Smartphone Tips for Car Buying
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
German shepherds to gerbils: How to choose the best pet for your family
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether a loyal pal like Lassie is what you’re looking for, or a Garfield–like couch potato is more your speed, a pet can make a wonderful addition to your family. But there is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face. Making an informed and well-researched decision can lead to a happy home life for both you and your pet.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Supporting Your Pet's Liver Health
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Many may be surprised to learn that a disease commonly associated with humans can also put your dog or cat at risk. Fortunately, there are management options.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Give Your Dog Comfort And Security
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—At holiday time or any time you and your family are busy, it’s important to remember that pets can get stressed out, especially if they spend a lot more time alone than normal.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
A New Kind Of Love Story
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Your adopted pet could be named in an upcoming novel, thanks to a unique contest.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Keep Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season can mean new routines, new décor and new foods in your home. While these temporary changes can be exciting for people, they can be hazardous to pets.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Prepping for cold weather? Don't forget your pet
Updated: November 04, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Fall weather affects pets just like their people. While you are taking precautions to protect yourself from cooler temperatures and environmental changes, you need to safeguard your dogs and cats, too. 

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Thursday 10/16/2014
More Action Needed To End Pet Homelessness
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a pet obesity epidemic, which is even more severe.

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Monday 10/06/2014
How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it’s fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home. Whether you’re dealing with a sick cat or attempting puppy potty training, you can quickly find yourself in a bacteria breeding ground.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:34 pm

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

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